We have these shelves in other places in our home. I have a couple in our living room in a dark walnut finish and they are perfect for displaying knick knacks and art work.
Want to know the best part? My version of these shelves cost less than $5 a shelf. Yes, that’s right. $5 dollars. Granted, I already had the wood stain, spare screws, and wood glue, but still. Even if you need those supplies, you won’t spend more than 15-20 dollars.
Anyone can build these. Seriously, I have never done an easier project. You need very basic supplies and if you get the wood cut at the hardware store, you don’t need any power tools. Just a hammer and some nails!
Head over to Shanty 2 Chic to see how they made theirs, or check out my quick tutorial below.
Here’s what you need for 2 3 foot shelves. Adjust your length measurements if you want longer shelves. The shelves for the nursery are 2 1/2 foot.
Finishing or Small Nails about 1 1/2 inch
Sand paper, sanding block, hand sander
Step 1: Cut all three of your wood pieces in half to form 3 foot pieces.
Step 2: Glue your 1X4’s together to form the back and the bottom of the shelf. The actual shelf piece should lay against the bottom edge of the back piece. When the glue is dry, use your 1 1/1 inch nails and nail three nails across the back.
Step 3: Glue your 1X2 across the front of the shelf piece. When dry, nail in with small finishing nails.Step 4: Sand any rough edges and then stain. The living room shelf is in Minwax Dark Walnut and the nursery shelves are a combo on dark walnut and weathered gray. Reapply coats of stain as needed and sand to distress if desired. You can put a protective coat on these, but it is not necessary.
Step 5: Let stain dry completely and then secure to the wall however you’d like. We used dry wall screws straight into the studs.