Carissa of Carissa Miss finished off her son’s nursery with a set of custom shelves above the changing table. Thanks to metal brackets from IKEA and a wood board from the home improvement store she was able to do it at a fraction of the cost of her West Elm inspiration. I love the combo of the rustic wood-stained shelf and glitzy metallic brackets and can’t think of a room (or even an entryway) where these wouldn’t add style and function!
You may remember the DIY potting bench I shared a few weeks ago that marked Susan from Between Naps on the Porch’s debut in the world of woodworking. Well, Susan is back with another build – a cubby organizer that she built for her office following plans from Ana White. Susan encountered a few bumps along the way and shares everything she learned for those of you who want to build your own. With a savings of over $100 from the Pottery Barn inspiration, Susan says she can “see why this building stuff is so addictive!”
Steph from Newlywed Nesters took a friend’s recommendation to try out Shanty 2 Chic’s “shelves anyone can build” with plans from Ana White. As promised, the project was simple and inexpensive! Steph ended up building four three-foot ledges, which would have run her $45 dollars a piece at good old Pottery Barn. Thank goodness for DIY! Steph says the best part is that the shelves allow her to rearrange to her heart’s content without having to patch holes and rehang frames.
After building a small ledge for her bathroom, Laura from I’m Not A Trophy Wife knew she wanted a larger, chunkier version for above her bed and came up with some plans to build her own. This is a fabulous alternative to a mantel if you don’t have one and can even make a statement above a bed as a headboard. With the trim detail and distressed finish, it’s full of character and provides plenty of space for decorating.
If you bemoan the fact that you don’t have a mantel and, therefore, a place displaying for cutesy holiday vignettes, you’ve got to check out these shelves from Mallory at Classy Clutter! Mallory built simple wall shelves by adding trim and corbels to a MDF board. These look great clustered together, so you can customize the number and size of your shelves to meet your space and decorative needs. Doesn’t Mallory’s suh-weet Valentine’s display make you want to build one right now!?!
After getting bunk beds for her boys’ room, Jen from Scissors and Spatulas wanted a wall-hanging book bin like those from Land of Nod for her little guy on the top. There was no way though she was paying $70 for “a few pieces of wood.” Jen’s hubby grabbed some scrap wood and trim pieces from the garage and put a book rack together with just a few screws and nails.
Jen painted it blue, and it’s just like the real deal. The only difference… about $65!
In need of storage for her craft space, Jeanette from Country Design Style created a revolving shelf that has room to spare. Jeanette added her own flair by gluing various styles of trim to the top and bottom. I love how accessible everything is with this design. Instead of searching around in a cabinet or drawer, just give it a spin and craft away!