Are you looking for the perfect way to both store and display items on the wall? This completely custom wall shelf will hold all your craft supplies including inks, paints, stamps, and more.
I’m sure you remember when we got a little
over our heads zealous in the craft room makeover? This beautiful wall storage shelf came from that project and today I am going to show you how we made it.
The entire shelving unit is comprised of 1×4 boards. So here is the basic design with APPROXIMATE (pretty close) inside measurements. The outside ones are exact. It’s hard to pin down the exact inside measurements because of the variance of the boards. See, a 1 inch board is not truly 1 inch thick. It’s about ¾ inch thick.
We wood glued and nailed 3 sides of the outside frame together. Working from the bottom up, add in the the boards are the desired height, one layer at a time. A thin layer of wood glue is added and then nailed from the outside in. The spacers are wood glued and inserted. Then nailed in place as well. One thing to note is that the wall L-brackets are screwed into the shelves before being placed into the unit. We used 4 L-brackets on this unit. It would be rather difficult to screw them in after the unit is ready to be hung.
The nail holes are covered in the picture above and the entire piece is lightly sanded. I brushed on two coats of primer and lightly sanded. After wiping all dust off, I spray painted 3 coats.
Lastly, I added ¼×1-¾ flat molding on the facing of the shelves. This is really optional but I like the look. Once again, finishing nails, patch, and paint. The white molding I used was already primed so that was nice.
To hang, screw the L-brackets into the wall by either anchoring them from the back or directly into a stud.
We built this in one evening and painted it the next day. Not too bad for such a functional piece! I would say it’s my favorite item from the craft room makeover, but I have so many favorites there, haha! It’s like when my son tells Daddy he loves him the “mostest” and then Daddy inquires about Mommy, and Blake says, “I love her the “mostest” too! And grandma, and grams, and grandpa, and angus….”. That totally works in my opinion; there really is enough love to spread around. Do you agree?
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