DIY Open Kitchen Shelves is a simple and easy tutorial 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.
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Making open kitchen shelves
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.
Supplies you’ll need to make your own DIY Open Kitchen Shelves
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
- 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
- Stud finder
- Ear and eye protection
How to Make 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.
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.
Attach the shelves to the wall
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).
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.
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.
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.
Add items to the shelves
Now that your shelves are hung, it’s time to decorate!
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.
How hard is this project to do?
This is actually a pretty basic project. If you’re a beginner, you should be able to follow the steps and complete this project easily on your own.
If you feel overwhelmed, just step back and take a breath. Then refocus and get started back on making the shelves.
What is the point of having open shelves?
It’s really a style preference actually. Some people like it because it helps to keep them focused and not fill their shelves up wit clutter that they feel like they just need to shut the doors on and forget it.
Having open shelves will help hold you accountable for keeping less clutter in your kitchen.
Can you use open shelving in other rooms in your home?
Absolutely. It’s the same concept anywhere that you want to put them. If you want to make them for your living room, or bathroom – go for it!