Design on a Dime – Design Expert shares DIY project

After diligently searching for the perfect wall shelves, this is what I have learned:

1) It is very difficult to find shelves that are longer than 24″.

2) When you do find them….they are really expensive!

So I decided to go ahead and make my own shelves, and I doubt I will ever buy shelves again.  You can find all of the supplies at your local home improvement store.  You will need: 2″x8″ wood, sandpaper, preferred stain color, and decorative brackets.  Once you find the wood, ask an employee to cut the wood to the exact length you would like.  Next, take it home and lightly sand the wood to remove any splinters and then stain the wood.  Finally, install the new shelves using the decorative brackets.  I made 2 shelves for under $50 with enough materials left over to make a 3rd shelf if I wanted.  Check out the finished results:

Interior Design Tip: use barn wood if you are looking for a rustic look.

Jill Aaron

Principal designer of Staging Grace Designs, a central Indiana interior design and home staging company based in Kokomo, IN. Jill received a Bachelors degree in Management from Purdue University in 2001, and studied residential design at the Art Institute of Indianapolis in 2008. This led to a career in design as a freelance Redesign Consultant, and her love for interior design and transformation naturally led her to home staging.

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