Building shelves for my dining area is something I’ve been wanting to accomplish for a while, so I’m very happy to check it off the list! I used a Shanty 2 Chic tutorial, they have some amazing plans posted on their site. As soon as I saw these shelves, I knew I wanted to build them.
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I kept the build nearly identical to the plans on the site. The shelves are huge, at 7 ft tall and 8 ft wide, but I had space for it so I kept them that size. I cut the wood to size with my miter saw and then put the pocket holes in with my Kreg K5 pocket hole jig.
I started by assembling the three brackets that hold up the shelves. I cut a piece to use to evenly space them apart, and then attached with pocket hole screws.
After that, I sprayed them with black chalkboard spray paint, and then assembled them all together. I’m not really interested in using them as a chalkboard, but they used similar spray paint in the Shanty 2 Chic tutorial and I really liked how that turned out.
Then it was time to assemble and stain the shelves. This was my first time working with 2×12 boards, and they are no joke. Those things were heavy! I used a combination of stains to get them to the color I wanted. I started with Minwax Jacobean, then Minwax Classic Gray. That still wasn’t quite what I was going for, so I did a final coat of Rustoleum Sunbleached. I think it gave them a nice, weathered look so that it doesn’t look like brand new wood.
After the shelves were ready, I put them in place.
I also attached some brackets on the end of the shelves in the matte black spray paint as well.
I spent around $150 for the entire project, including the lumber, hardware, paint and stain. Now I can’t wait to decorate the shelves!
Update: Here’s a look at the shelves in the completed dining room!
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