DIY Open Shelves In Our Kitchen

Having open shelving in kitchens are very popular right now.  It is the perfect way to display nice serving pieces, pantry items, and so much more.  Open kitchen shelves don't have to cost a lot.  This is one of those projects that you can do yourself and save a ton of money.

I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to add some extra storage to an empty wall in our kitchen with some DIY open shelving.  This wall mounted kitchen shelves were so simple to put together and cost around $20 to install.

In this post, I'm going to show you exactly how I was able to DIY these kitchen shelves in just a few hours.

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About 10 years ago we decided to update our kitchen.  We left 1 wall open to hang our pots and pans, a towel, and knives.  However, we were lacking so much needed storage in our kitchen.  All of our cupboards were filled and I built shelves in our garage to hold extra items (a.k.a. our pantry).

I really got tired of going back and forth from the kitchen to the garage every time I cook dinner.  It was time for some much-needed shelving.

I'm in love with all things farmhouse and having open kitchen shelves seemed like a perfect addition to our kitchen.  For about 3 months I had been trying to find shelving that I liked and it all came up short or if I fell in love with it, I hated the price.

The great thing with doing this myself I was able to have:

  • The exact size I needed
  • The color I want
  • A cheaper but better version

Most of the time doing things yourself does mean that you'll save money.  However, you do need to be careful because some projects do become a budget buster.  The plywood and craft boards were very inexpensive but the brackets that I used ate up most of my budget.  I wanted to make sure that the brackets would be sturdy enough to hold canisters full of flour, sugar, and other pantry items.

DIY Open Shelving Kitchen

The supplies that you'll need for your kitchen shelves are:

  • 3/4" plywood 2'x4'
  • 1" craft boards (12 feet total)
  • 6 metal brackets 10"
  • 3" drywall screws and washers
  • 3/4" wood screws and washers
  • Paint and paintbrush
  • Sander
  • Drill
  • Miter saw (optional-you can have the hardware store cut the plywood for you)
  • Hand saw (or miter to cut the craft board)
  • 1" finishing nails
  • Wood glue
  • Drill
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • Ear and eye protection

Open kitchen shelves

Start off by cutting your plywood to the size you desire.  I needed 4' pieces and I had the hardware store cut the plywood down to 12" so I didn't worry about not having a straight line.

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Once your shelves are cut it's time to attach the craft board.  They come in 4' strip so I cut 1 of them down to 12" those pieces will be attached to the sides.

Attach the craft boards to the front and sides of each piece of plywood allowing the back to be open.  Use wood glue and finishing nails for this process.

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Once the shelves are assembled allow them to dry for about 2 hours then paint or stain them your desired color.

Prep the wall that you're wanted to mount your open kitchen shelves.  Check for studs, remove any items that might be hung, cover up holes, and paint (if needed).

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Now that your wall is ready for the new shelves, attach the wall brackets using 2 1/2" drywall screws and washers.  

To make sure that the brackets are level, use a level while hanging the brackets.

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As you can see, I wait until I've hung the shelves before I fill in the holes because the drill tends to slip while I'm drilling.  Adding more holes to the wall...  Continue this process until all three brackets are hung.

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Attach the 3/4" wood screws to the shelves so your wall mounted kitchen shelves are nice and secure.

Repeat this process for the other shelf.

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Now that your shelves are hung, it's time to decorate!

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With about $20 and a couple of hours out of my day I was able to triple the amount of storage in my kitchen.  We now have a place to hold all of our pantry items and serving pieces.

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