HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN KITCHEN OPEN SHELVING

DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial

Last March I shared the reveal of our DIY kitchen remodel where we did most of the work ourselves and saved a TON of money (about $48k in fact).

The only bad part was it took us two years. Yes, it tried our patience, but it was so worth it.

As promised, I’m finally sharing the complete DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial.

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The shelves were a very affordable addition to the space, and I love the functionality, storage, and warmth they provide.

DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial


Onto the DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial

We started out with our supplies


I’m a gold fan, so I decided I wanted my L brackets to be gold. You can’t go wrong with any finish.

I took the screws and eight chrome L bracket and sprayed them with two even coats of gold spray paint, and set them aside to thoroughly dry.

DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial

Tip: To easily spray screw heads, find a scrap 2 x 4 and drill all holes slightly wider than the screw, then set the screws into it and spray—works like a charm!

DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial

Ted got started by measuring and cutting down the 2 x 10 boards to fit the wall. He then sanded down all sides before staining. (not shown).

DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial

Once the brackets and stain dried over a full day or two, Ted got to work marking the wall and hanging. He used his laser level to mark his drill holes directly onto the tile.

DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial

After the hole marks were made, Ted got his drill with masonry bit and slowly and carefully drilled the holes for each bracket in one swoop.

The masonry bit went smoothly through the tile with no cracking or damage left behind.

DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial

Once all holes were drilled, he hammered the anchors in for added stability.

DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial

He repeated this step until all anchors were in place.

DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial

Then he installed all of the L brackets.

DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial

Next he repeated this step until all brackets were installed.

DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial

Ted measured and marked up the wood sections and drilled pilot holes for the screws that would attach to the brackets.

DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial

Once all pilot holes were drilled, he placed each board on the L brackets and drilled securely into place. You’ll want to buy screws that are shorter than the thickness of your board so they don’t pop through the tops.

DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial

Repeat this step until all boards are screwed into place.

That’s it for the DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial. Pretty easy, huh?

DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial

It’s a good idea to let the shelves set and out gas their VOCs for a day or two before placing upside down cups on them. This part killed me—I live for some good shelf styling. 🙂

Wipe the shelves down and place plates, bowls, etc.

Now it’s time to style these DIY shelves!

Audrey of Oh So Lovely blog shares the 2+ year journey of a DIY kitchen remodel on a budget. Check out the before, during and after photos!

I love how convenient it is to grab a plate or cup, and since they are exposed to the world, I am much better at keeping everything  organized.

Audrey of Oh So Lovely blog shares the 2+ year journey of a DIY kitchen remodel on a budget. Check out the before, during and after photos!
I absolutely love them, and in whole, this project cost us about $30-40.

Not too shabby!

Audrey of Oh So Lovely blog shares the 2+ year journey of a DIY kitchen remodel on a budget. Check out the before, during and after photos!

And in case you missed the big DIY kitchen remodel  reveal, here are a few shots to give you the idea.

Head to the full blog post to get links to the products used and see all of the the insanely crazy before photos. They are sure to make you laugh, ha!

Here’s one little peek. Nice, huh?

Audrey of Oh So Lovely blog shares the 2+ year journey of a DIY kitchen remodel on a budget. Check out the before, during and after photos!

I’ve changed some things around since the reveal to make better use of the space, and I am still LOVING our new budget kitchen.

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And here’s a look in the adjoining screen porch that I updated last spring. The before photo was another crazy one. A blog post will be coming on that project soon.

Anyone else ever made any DIY kitchen open shelving or have some in your kitchen?

I’d absolutely love to see your photos! Please tag me via InstaTwitter, or Facebook photos. And I’m always so very grateful when you Pin my work as well.  🙂

xoxo
Audrey

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Audrey Kuether of Oh So Lovely Blog shares an affordable DIY kitchen open shelving tutorial that adds functionality and warmth.