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$20 Shelves Anyone Can Build!

That’s right… ANYONE!  These are super simple to build!  This is by far my favorite $20 project to date.

I have been in the process of redoing my oldest son’s room over the last few weeks.  I shared his bed HERE and the headboard HERE.

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I know one of the next things on my to do list will be a desk, and I knew I wanted some shelving for above it.  I found THIS plan on Ana’s site and jumped on it.

If you own a drill (every woman should!) you can build these shelves.  I made 2 for my son, and I also made 2 for my younger sister.  Each shelf cost $10 to build.  Here are a few tips and progress shots…

You will need 2 – 1×4’s and 1 – 1×2 for each shelf.  That’s it!

I made 8′ shelves so no need to use a saw.  I also used my Kreg Jig, but if you don’t own one you can just pre-drill your holes and use wood screws to attach everything. I prefer drywall screws, but both will work.  You will also need wood glue.  I started by adding a line of glue where my 1×4’s meet.

Join your boards together like this.  Just pre-drill from the back and attach your screws.

Now add some more glue to edge of your bottom 1×4…

And use some finish nails to attach your 1×2!

That’s it! Not even kidding!

I didn’t even worry about filling nail holes because I stained mine and I like the imperfections… So shanty! 😉

I used my new favorite stain on mine…

Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut

I  LOVE this stuff… It dries beautifully within an hour… Whoop!  You can get it at Lowe’s.

These are super easy to attach to your wall too!  I used 2″ drywall screws directly into the studs of the wall.  I didn’t even have to cover the screws because the things I put on the shelves covered them easily.

I got them up and took some pictures for you!

And if you aren’t quite convinced please look at this picture…

Yes.  Looks familiar! You can find this lovely at Pottery Barn, except it costs $85 for 4′! That’s half the length and 8 times the price.  No thank you!

What do you think???

You OFFICIALLY have no excuse to not build!  These are easier than putting together anything you can find in a store.  I LOVE them.

You can see the detailed plans HERE on Ana’s site!

FINALLY…

Did you like it???  Would you be a dear and PIN IT please?!?  I would appreciate it greatly 😉

Thanks so much and happy Tuesday!

~Whitney

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95 Comments

  1. Megan on January 28, 2012 at 11:03 am

    How did you hang them on the wall? Did you just screw it directly to the drywall, or did you find studs? I’d like to do this project soon! Yours look great, I love the stain as well.

    • www.WoodworkPlans.info on July 29, 2018 at 11:46 am

      😁🤗💖I’m so so happy with how mine turned out! I used the plans at www. WoodworkPlans.info to build mine – I highly recommend you visit that website and check their plans out too. They are detailed and super easy to read and understand unlike several others I found online. The amount of plans there is mind-boggling… there’s like 16,000 plans or something like that for tons of different projects. Definitely enough to keep me busy with projects for many more years to come haha 😁🤗💖🔨😍

      😁🤗💖🔨😍 Check it out! Go to www. WoodworkPlans.info – click the pink link above for some more plans! Best of luck on your building adventures! ✨✨✨

  2. Mrs Mike on January 27, 2012 at 8:00 am

    Oh wow, I was just telling my husband that I needed something like this in my son’s room! I love Anna’s projects, thank you so much for bringing this one to my attention. I love your blog!

  3. Erin on January 26, 2012 at 2:07 am

    I’d love to know more about the things that look like clip boards. Is that a bulldog clip on a piece of scrap wood?

    • Shanty2Chic on January 26, 2012 at 2:22 am

      This is my next project post Erin 😉

  4. Kelley on January 26, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Love these shelves. How did you attach them to the wall?

  5. kelly@refresheddesigns. on January 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    Such a great idea and so easy! Thanks for sharing this. And the stain looks amazing.

  6. Farrah on January 25, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    I just love, love your blog!!! I actually stalk your blog everyday for cute ideas! lol ;). I was just wondering how you hung the shelves with?? Sorry for such a silly quesion but I am beginner. Thanks!

  7. Jenny on January 25, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Love it!! And yes, care to share where you got your plane prints?

  8. Jae M on January 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    Too simple/ nice not to try myself!!! Great project!

  9. Tonya @ Love of Family & Home on January 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    LOVE!!! Thanks so much for sharing! Now I just have to come up with a spot!!

  10. Jenny on January 25, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Pinned! They look ten times better than the Pottery Barn ones!! Nice work 🙂

  11. Jennifer on January 25, 2012 at 4:16 am

    LOVE those shelves and love that stain you’ve been using!!! (= Might have to try this!!!

  12. nancy on January 25, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Pinned it! Thanks for this easy tut!

  13. Jennifer Cook on January 25, 2012 at 3:08 am

    I’m a new follower!!! Your blog is so interesting. I’m so excited to keep reading! These wall shelves are too cute and so easy to make….oh and cheap!. Love blogs that inspire.

    http://www.jenandjercook.blogspot.com

    xoxo
    ~Jeni

  14. Lauren on January 25, 2012 at 2:29 am

    Looks great! Will definitely be putting some of these above my desk (which I will also build from Ana’s site)!

  15. Kristi on January 25, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Love this idea and I can’t wait to try it! One question though, where in the world did you find those amazing plane pictures?!?!

    • Erin on January 26, 2012 at 2:03 am

      I agree, Kristi!!

  16. Julie on January 25, 2012 at 1:54 am

    I know this is about the awesome shelves, but I really LOVE paint colors on the wall. Do you have the name of the colors? They would love fabulous in my boys’ room! Thank you!

    • Shanty2Chic on January 25, 2012 at 2:40 am

      Julie… That is one of my next posts 😉

  17. Megan on January 25, 2012 at 1:35 am

    LOVE THEM! We were thinking about putting a few above our desk. Now I have no excuse not to.

  18. Andrea on January 25, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Pinned! Love these.

  19. Lane on January 25, 2012 at 1:34 am

    already pinned it!! I need some shelves above a dresser/changing table and I was going to go out and by some!! Now I can make them any color I want and for such a great price!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  20. Latoya @The Scotts Crib on January 25, 2012 at 1:06 am

    Very cute, I am in love. Very easy tutorial too, I’m sure I can pull this one off myself!

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