Hook Shelf for the Entry!

Hey friends!!

This next project has been in the works for a looooong time.  I’m so happy to finally have it done!

I found a great picture of an entry on google a few months back and pinned it.  I have been eyeballing it ever since.   I have always wanted a mantle in my house, but don’t have room on the fireplace.  This isn’t quite a mantle, but it kind of feels like one to me!  It took me an afternoon to finish!

I started with 1 2×6 cut at 5.5 ft and 1 2×8 cut at 5 ft.

I attached the 2×6 to the top of the 2×8 using wood glue and 2″ drywall screws.  I put the screws in through the top of the 2×6.  This is what it looked like…

My next step was to add just a bit of molding to chic it up a bit.  I didn’t want to mess with cutting crown, so I decided to use a casing instead.  Casing is flat on the back and is much easier to cut and attach in my opinion.  I just cut the corners at a 45 degree angle and I was set.  I attached the casing using wood glue and finishing nails.

That’s it for the building!  Super easy, huh???  I caulked my edges and nail holes.  After it dried I sanded the whole thing using 120 grit sand paper.

My next step was to paint her!

I used my very favorite….

Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Heirloom White

You can get it at Home Depot and Hobby Lobby!

I sprayed 2 coats on and let it dry.

I found my hooks at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 a piece.  I bought 7 because I am planning on hanging our stockings on this.  I used 1″ drywall screws to attach them to the 2×8.

That was it!  I had my stepdad help me hang it up because it was super heavy.  I marked my studs on the wall using a stud finder.  We used 3″ long screws to drill through the 2×8 and into the studs in the wall.  We put 4 in and it is super sturdy!   I filled the holes with wood filler and put a little touch up paint on them to cover it up.  Good as new! And, I didn’t have to worry about finding the right hardware.

Want to see it all finished???


What do you think??

I am finally able to display LOTS of my kiddos pics which I LOVE!

Hope you like it!

It was SO easy!  And, it was under $40.  More than half of that was the hooks!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  We have some super fun things coming up that we are excited to share with you so stick around!



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  2. TinaShaw on December 1, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    We made one of these for our front entry hallway (and to hang stockings on, too!) last year! It’s perfect (and the decorations get rotated out)! Ours has 8 hooks! Thanks for the instructions!

  3. Claire K on July 17, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I’m hoping to build a similar shelf after reading your post! Thanks for the tips! Would using 1×6 work just as well? It would make it lighter weight but would it compromise it structurally?

  4. Dawn M on June 26, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    I know this is an old post, but can someone explain why in the top picture the two pieces of wood are attached and then in the next picture there is molding in between them? What am I missing? Lol. I’m so lost, but I want to try this!

    • Claire K on July 18, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      She placed casing on top of the 1×8 to dress it up.

  5. Rebecca Pellerin on March 4, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    this is just what I need 😀
    how high on the wall did you put it^

  6. Sharon on January 20, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Do you remember what paint color you used on your walls? I’ve been trying to find the perfect grey/brown color and I really like the color you used on your walls.

  7. Emily on January 31, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    I love the bench. Where did you find it? Thanks for the shelf tutorial!

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