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DIY Industrial Shelves (Less than $8!)

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When I started planning the office of our new home I immediately started dreaming of industrial shelving. It’s all the rage now as I’m sure you know, but the thing is it is expensive.

Take the drool-worthy example below from Jessica Krauss on A Beautiful Mess. It is truly awesome looking, and perfect for the room we have, but way out of our budget.

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So I took to Pinterest, the closest option I could find was some kind of floating shelf that would end up costing around $15 for each shelf. Which is a DEAL for floating shelves but still expensive when I wanted a minimum of six.

At this point, I was frustrated and asked Josh if we could just go to Lowes. Come hell or high water I was going to come up with a solution for our very blank wall of our office. We started walking around and it hit me, the cheapest shelf option around that has been used thousands of times, but I was going to dress it up a little.

I already had some stain that I loved from making our desk (a post to come on that one.) So all I needed was wood and the brackets. We found 1″x8″x6′ boards that were just over $8 each. We journeyed to the wood cutting section and voila! We had four separate pieces. Then came the brackets. In the interest of keeping it cheap, I bought eight 98 cent brackets but they were white. Totally off for this project, thankfully I had flat black spray paint on hand.

 


When we got home and got Abby to bed I was staining and spray painting like a mad woman. Eventually, I had four very industrial looking shelves up on the walls and it was SO worth it. After a little bit of math, the shelves came out to around $7.50 each.

I ended up loving how these looked so much I’m in the process of putting six in my kitchen as well. They are the perfect touch to our budding home.

Here is the finished product!

Let me know if you decided to try this super easy DIY! Just use the hashtag #TCHdiy on Instagram.

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