Stop. The. Press.

The day has FINALLY arrived.

You guys, I made my own farmhouse shelves for my dining room.  And you’re thinking, “yeah, Sarah, we all know.  You told us 100 times.”

Okay, okay.  I know.  I’ve been teasing this post for basically a year now.

I’ve been waiting for the most perfect day where the sun shines from the heavens in a glorious way and the shelves beam in the light.  You see, I wanted the MOST perfect pictures for these shelves because I want you all to see just how amazing they are, and that you can make them, too!

{Ironically, I ended up taking the pictures on a relatively overcast day}

So, without further adieu….

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room.  So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

And another close up…

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room.  So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

I am completely 100% thrilled with how they turned out.  The shelves really anchor the room and have become such a lovely focal point.

The best part? They were actually very easy to make.

First, finding the wood….

We started with old barnwood we found at a local warehouse.  It was love at first site with this wood.  It was laying on a table completely separate from the other wood basically begging me to buy it.

We had to clean and seal the wood after it’s many years of hard work holding up a barn, I’m assuming 😉  You can check out our whole 3 step process to get that barnwood dining room shelf ready!

We cut the wood down to 7 3/4 inches deep and left it at its original length (~78 inches).  The width was cut because we were worried about the wood sticking out too far off of the shelf.  Since the shelves aren’t above a buffet table or other permanent fixture, there was a risk people could bump their heads off of the wood and damage the wood  hurt themselves.

{The length/width of wood is entirely customizable based on your needs}

Before cleaning and sealing:

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room.  So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

After cleaning and sealing:

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room.  So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

Isn’t that transformation amazing??

Next it was on to the corbels…

We looked at the same warehouse for some decorative corbels to hold the wood up.  I was originally looking for something pretty fancy, maybe like a rustic French decor look?

When we couldn’t find any old corbels, we decided to use some pretty plain ones from Home Depot (similar here).

I decided to go with less detailed corbels so that the focus would be on the shelves and the decor ON the shelves.  But, I think the shelves would look fantastic with some more detailed corbels, too.  Go with what you like 🙂

First, I stained them using my favorite stain: MinWax Dark Walnut.  I applied it pretty sparingly using the old t-shirt method (is that a real method??)

I didn’t pay too much attention to staining evenly or thoroughly.  Just kind of made sure every part has at least some stain on it.

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room.  So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

Once the corbels were dry, I painted them using my second love (behind my husband and children) Rustoleum Chalked Paint in Linen White.  Literally in love with this paint.  I want to chalk paint all of the things.

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room.  So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

As is tradition, I sanded them down a bit using coarse grit sandpaper (similar here) to create a rustic look.  I focused on all of the edges and corners and made sure to have at least one “rough” spot on the large flat portion of the corbel, too.

 

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room.  So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

Once the corbels were done, it was time to hang them!!

Now, I had no part in hanging them, aside from sitting and watching my husband father-in-law hang them.  Precision, measuring, patience, that’s not my style.  So, here’s my husband to explain that part:

Hi, it’s TJ! The process itself took a bit of time, but it was relatively straightforward. We used a stud finder to locate studs that fell within the width of the shelves. Once we had two studs near the end of the shelves we drilled the holes on one side at the correct height. We used a level to make sure the holes on the other side of the shelf were at the right point, then drilled those holes as well. Lather, rinse, repeat and then we had all the holes we needed to hang two beautiful farmhouse shelves at exactly the right height, and perfectly level. 

And, the shelves were FINISHED!!

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room. So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room. So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room. So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

Look at the lovely detail in this wood:

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room. So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room. So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

 

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room. So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room. So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

 

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room. So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

DIY Farmhouse Shelves for the Dining Room. So easy to make your own fixer upper inspired shelves using reclaimed wood

As you can see, I could post pictures ALL day of these shelves.

Plus, wasn’t it easier than you expected??

Now…it’s on to the styling.  Which is a whole other ballgame.  Judging by the pace I get things done, we should expect to see that reveal sometime in 2017.

But, seriously, I’m trying to style both shelves with mostly DIY projects and budget-friendly finds.  I’m almost done and I’m SO excited to share the styled shelves soon.

Have you been swooning over farmhouse shelves, too?

Wishing you a joyful day!

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16 Comments

  1. Colette @ restyle it wright

    Looks great Sarah!! Isn’t it so rewarding to sit back and gaze at a finished product that you know was a labor of love?! So happy you love your new shelves! They look great, especially against the wall color!

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  2. Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

    They are beautiful, Sarah! I can totally see why you’re so thrilled with them! xo

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  3. K.C. Merrill

    Did your husband just drill and screw through the corbels into the studs? And yes, they are beautiful! I agree with all of you!
    Thanks,
    K.C.

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Hi K.C.! The corbels actually came with hanging brackets in the back of them. The screws went into studs but not through the corbels, if that makes sense. I probably wouldn’t have spaced the corbels exactly how they are, but we were limited by where the studs were in that wall. Thank you SO much for stopping by!!

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  4. Karen

    Beautiful shelves! I also love the color of paint on the wall. Could you please tell me the brand and color?

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Thanks so much, Karen! I’m going to send you a separate email with a picture of the exact can we used. Since it’s a custom color match (to a Sherwin Williams color I believe) there’s not a specific color. Look for my email! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  5. Robin

    Your shelves are just beautiful! I love the white corbels up against the stained wood. I bet they will be so much fun to style!

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  6. Francesca

    I absolutely LOVE these shelves with the corbel idea! Just one question, how much weight do you think these shelves can hold up?

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      thank you so much Francesca!! Ours were anchored into the studs in the wall, so probably quite a bit. My hubby thinks 20lbs each based on how they were hung (so 60lbs for the whole shelf). The ones I linked to in my post available on Amazon say they can hold 150lbs each which is crazy!! But they’re also screwed in differently than the ones from Home Depot that we bought. So, I would look at the individual corbels you’re going to buy and judge based off of that 🙂 Hope that’s helpful!!

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  7. Karen

    The shelves are beautiful! The hard part is finding the wood. You make it sound really simple, “at a local warehouse.” I don’t think those places exist near where I live. Any suggestions?

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Hi Karen! I guess I should say a local warehouse that was turned into an antique shop. So more accurately, an antique shop 🙂 I would look in the Facebook marketplace! It will be all local people to you selling random things. I found around me (Pittsburgh area) old mirrors, barn wood and random things like kid’s playsets. Also check Craigslist (how I found the place local that barn wood and an old dresser for our nursery) or even Etsy! Good luck!!

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  8. Sarah Hartman

    Hello! What is your suggestion if I cannot find old wood?
    They look great- can’t wait to try!!

    Sarah

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    • Sarah @ Making Joy and Pretty Things

      Hi Sarah! I totally understand not being able to find old wood. You can always check Craigslist and Facebook classified for local sources close to you or even Etsy! I also have another set of farmhouse shelves on the blog that used boards from Home Depot! Just search “farmhouse shelves” on my blog and it will bring it up for you. There are also tons upon tons of tutorials on Pinterest for making new wood look old. A combination of stains and distressing can give you the look you’re going for 🙂

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