DIY Shelf Upcylce ~ Chunky Shelves

by Destri on February 7, 2011

Chunky Shelves

Have you seen these shelves yet?  You probably have, but I just came across them. I first saw them on the lovely House Of Smith’s and loved them.  I have been eying a pair from Pottery Barn that run about $79.00 a pop, and so when I read that she made hers…wahoo!  Until I read that she used power tools.  My power tools are all in Utah, and my husband wouldn’t let me buy a new saw, that’s a bummer.  Then one night we were at Home Depot, and I walked past this little guy…

Miter Box

and casually asked my husband if it would work for those awesome shelves I was dying to make.  He reluctantly told me yes.  Sweet!  I think we paid less than $8.00 dollars and it came with a saw!   I picked up some inexpensive molding scraps they had at the cutting station for less than $5.00.

Raw Wood Shelves

I had seen these shelves at Hobby Lobby a while back, and knew they would be perfect and make the whole task easier.  I stalked them until they went on half off, which in case you didn’t know, everything does at some point at Hobby Lobby.  I picked up both for less than $12.00.

So then I went home and took out my little miter box, screwed it to a bench in the garage, measured twice, cut once, and nailed the molding to the front and sides of the shelves (with a little wood glue) with my little gold hammer and finishing nails.  A little wood filler and sanding, spray primer and paint and I had myself a pair of chunky shelves!  Seriously, so easy!  No power tools and I did it all without my husband’s help :). All for about $35.00, not including the spray paint, I already had that.

Shelf Display

I love ‘em!  For a full tutorial, head over to the House Of Smith’s, she has step by step instructions with photos.

X & O Decor

For the Valentine’s Day decor, I bought some letters and painted them red, and mod podged vintage music paper to the & sign.  The song was “Keep an eye on the girlie you love” and said it was good for the one step or two step, just in case you were wondering ;).  I had taken the idea for the pom pom buds from Country Living Magazine.  Just make some yarn pom poms and glue them to twigs and place in a vase, easy peasy.

I will be back later today with the launch of my new pet project, and it will require you input, so stop back by if you have a chance!

Also, thank you for all your sweet comments and emails on my last post.  Just the encouragement I was needing :).  Seriously, you made my day.  Thank you.

See you soon ~ Destri

Print Friendly
  • Facebook
  • StumbleUpon
  • Twitter
  • RSS

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Tiff@MakeLifeCreative February 7, 2011 at 8:05 am

Ok now you’ve done it! I have the urge to go shopping now! Love those shelves. I’ve been wondering what do do with my daughter’s blank walls. This is so cute! Can’t wait to get started!


Maria February 7, 2011 at 9:21 am

That is sooooo cute. I love those shelves. I want to make some right now!!!!!


Kim February 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

These are beautiful. You did a great job. I am going to have to try these out, but I will wait until Spring or Summer, so I won’t freeze out in my garage.


Jileen February 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I love the letters you made! Got to make me some of those before the valentine’s holiday is over…..hopefully! :)


Aubrey February 8, 2011 at 6:38 am

I love the shelves and everything else on them! So cute!


Mel February 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Where did you get the vintage music paper?


Andrea Lee ;) February 10, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Hey, hey sista!! Way to use up perfectly good sheetmusic, that some piano player (wink wink) could play!! Haha just kidding. I thought I would get ahold of you on here since you’re on here 24/7 :) But I miss you guys! Can’t beleive Hank boy just turned 4! Woah, seems like yesterday we were welcoming him to the world, in that very same house! You should e-mail me some pictures sometime!! Love ya!!


Suzanne February 13, 2011 at 11:00 pm

looks very cute and I gotta make me some letter too!


Lisa T February 16, 2011 at 10:34 am

Stampin Up sells the Vintage Music Paper!!!! It’s so stinkin adorable… You can order online and have it shipped directly to you! Go to my website and you can order directly from me and have it shipped right to ya!!! Sweet deal huh!
There is even some SWEET Valentines paper and tons of stamps too!!!
You can email me if you have an questions too!


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: