Earlier this week I revealed my Rustic Wall Shelving. My husband and I had such great time creating these shelves and it was amazing how easily they came together. As promised, I’ve put together this wall shelving tutorial for you guys. And if you love them, I encourage you to pin this post and give them a shot!
As a renter, I’m ALWAYS looking for options to fill up blank walls. I shared a collection of awesome temporary wall treatments recently, and this one can be added to the list: wall shelving! It’s a great way to bring attention to you beautiful styling instead of the stark white wall. That being said, unique shelving is always more fun. So in the interest of thinking outside the box, this is what we came up!
Let’s hop into the Rustic Wall Shelving Tutorial.
Supplies we used:
1 1×8 8 foot board cut into two equal pieces or 2 1×8 4 foot boards
Ryobi Mitersaw for cutting the board
Drill with 3/4″ paddle drill bit
Shelving brackets and screws
Minwax Special Walnut Stain
12 feet of 3/4″ Twisted Manila Rope (we got ours from Lowes and had them cut it in 5 foot pieces)
2 Hook Screws to hang the rope
To get started, we prepared the shelves:
1. Measure and mark where you want the holes for the rope. For me, it 1.5″ from the edges of the board.
2. Drill your holes with a 3/4″ paddle drill bit (I absolutely loved this part. Super easy and created the perfect sized hole).
3. Wipe away the excess dust and prepare the board for sanding
4. Sand the board. Make sure to get around the rope holes and the edges. Wipe down your boards really well to prepare for staining.
5. We stained our board using Mixwax’s Special Walnut. This is probably my favorite stain color ever. I know it’s personal taste, but it works really well in my house and we’ve used it on multiple projects!
6. Place and attached your shelving braces (we used corner braces instead of actual shelving brackets).
Once the shelves were dry we were ready to hang them. Unfortunately the studs on this wall wouldn’t allow us to center the shelves so instead we decided to use wall anchors. To level the shelves we centered them, then screwed in the first bracket – used a level to get the shelf straight then screwed in the second bracket.
For the rope: We used these larger hook screws to hang our rope. Since the rope is only for aesthetics, we were able to use these hook screws are not worry about the weight of the shelves. The shelves are sturdily in place because of the braces.
For the knots: I took one piece of rope 6 feet long and folded it in half. Then tied a knot about a foot down from the fold. Then I threaded the rope through each of the holes and tied another knot at the bottom of the second shelf.
The last (and the most fun) thing to do is style your shelves! Mine are hanging in my dining room which is the perfect place to show off all of my thrifted, vintage, and just pretty kitchen items.
There you have it! I hope you enjoyed this rustic wall shelving tutorial. Please if you have any questions write me a comment or shoot me an email. I’ll be glad to help!