Over the years, I have received some awesome gifts, and I decided to make a shelf in my bedroom to showcase some of the special things given to me. I wanted the shelf to be small and I wanted it to match the other furniture in my bedroom.
I love the look of a dark stain contrasted with white or light paint, so I painted the frame white and then stained the shelf with Rustoleum Kona. I finished the shelf pieces with a few coats of a matte polyurethane.
I used 1×4 to make the shelf, but this design could be used with larger wood if you wanted to make the shelf wider. To do this, increase the size of the shelf support pieces to 1/8 larger than the size of the wood you want to use for the shelf (for 1×6 increase to 5-5/8, for 1×8 increase to 7-3/8).
- 2- 1x2x8
- 1- 1x4x8
- 1-1/4 in Pocket Hole Screws
- 1-1/4 Brad Nails
- Paint and Stain
- 2@20 in
- 2@19 in
- 3@10 in
- 6@3-5/8 in
- 3@20 in
- Nail Gun
- Kreg Pocket Hole Jig
Step One: Begin to build one side of the shelf frame by attaching three shelf support pieces (3-5/8 in 1×2) to 20 in 1×2. Use brad nails to attach pieces and space each piece apart from each other by 8 in.
Step Two: Complete one side of the shelf frame by attaching 19 in front piece with brad nails.
Step Three: Repeat steps 1-2 to build other side of shelf frame.
Step Four: Attach both sides of the shelf frame together with three 10 in support pieces. Use pocket holes to secure the frame together.
Step Five: Because I chose to paint the frame and stain the shelves, I sanded, painted, and stained the pieces at this point. If you are going to only use one paint or stain, then secure the shelves to the shelf frame before you stain or paint.
Step Six: Attach shelves to frame using brad nails. Attach from back and bottom.
Step Seven: Attach to wall by securing shelf to wall stud. Screw through middle support pieces under the shelf, so screws are less visible.
The gifts I designed this shelf for are the gifts my kids have given me over the years. When my kids were young, they would give me one of their toys for my birthday or Father’s Day. Then they started making me gifts from their Lego sets. These gifts mean so much to me, and I want to showcase them so my kids know how much I love the stuff they give me.