DIY rustic and easy crate shelves that I promise, you can do yourself with a little time and scrap pieces of wood.
A few weeks ago I was browsing Pinterest trying to come up with ideas for our blank chalkboard wall in the kitchen. I painted this wall when I painted the kitchen back in the spring and still didn’t have any shelves or decor up. I knew I wanted a menu/grocery list on one side and shelves on the other. I saw an idea of using a wooden crate mounted to the wall as a shelf so I went to Hobby Lobby to check them out.
I didn’t find a wooden crate box but I did find a pallet shelf where I was inspired to cut a crate in half and do a small/narrow shelf. But then after looking at the prices I figured… what the heck, I have scrap wood so why not throw something together!
I would hardly call this a step-by-step “how-to” for building a crate shelf. I simply wanted to inspire you to try and wing it yourself, like I did!
- I measured ply board 2 inches wide by about 8 inches high (estimate) and cut them into strips. For my larger shelf I used 5 backer stripes and my smaller shelf I used 4
- Then I found other scrap 2×4’s and cut them to the length I wanted (one piece for the top of the shelf and one for the bottom)
- I screwed the backer stripes onto the back of the top and bottom boards.
- Next I measured more 2×4’s for the sides and screwed them to the top and bottom boards.
- Basically, you’re measuring to make a box and it doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, a few of my measurements were off and I like the “rustic”, “worn” look it gives.
- Now it’s time for your stain, mix the stain of your choice then using a rag wipe the stain on the shelves.
- Let dry for 24 hours and then seal with a coat of polyurethane
Once your crate shelves are ready it’s time to hang. I used drywall screws and screwed one screw in each corner of the backer stripes right to the wall. When you add pieces to your shelves it helps hide the screws. And voila! You have unique, functional shelves that add a crate touch to any room.
These would be crate in an office, made larger for a master bedroom or even for a kids room.
Let me know if you whip up your own style!