how to make a DIY wood shelf

During our entry hall makeover so far, you have seen how I painted the ceiling a chevron pattern and took a thrift-store frame and turned it into a mint mirror. Well, part two of this makeover was to add a DIY wood shelf. Not only would a shelf help fill that lonely wall, but since we don’t have room for an entry-way table of any kind, it would act as that handy dandy spot to stash keys, sunglasses, and other on-the-go stuff.

Since our entryway is a pretty tight squeeze, we needed a fairly narrow shelf. We grabbed a piece of 2×4 at the hardware store and got to work on cutting it to size. DIY Dan also rounded the corners a bit to try and prevent any future running into the shelf pain (mostly for his clumsy wife).

Then I gave it a quick sand and coat of my fave stain (dark walnut by Varathane).

And let it sit out to dry for a while to make sure it was all cured before we brought it into the house.

Then that handy hubby of mine came in for all things hanging. Made sure it was level…

Marked it off and started to drill…

And then drilled in these brackets which I had pre-sprayed a matte black. I like the industrial look that helped off-set my feminine minty mirror.

And here she was all done and in place. I think I want to marry this dark stain… I’m seriously in love.

A little flashback to how the hallway used to look…

A too-small mirror and lonely white wall no longer! (oh, and you don’t have to tell me how hideous that boob light is… it’s on my list!!)

The balance is so much better now, and I like how the shelf ties in with the hook/drawer unit on the other side. It’s nice to maximize this space, since we don’t have much of it in our wee digs.

We still have a few things to check off the list: boob light, shoe rack, and painting the front door, but this little nook is starting to come together.

To my Canadian friends, happy long weekend!! We’re off to celebrate our first year wedding anniversary (yay!) and hang with family. What are you guys up to this weekend? Any fun trips, events, or projects planned? Do tell.

  • carra

    I LOVE IT!!! I have a skinny entryway that I have been wanting to make a shelf for and this is gonna be it. Thanks :)

    • gemma

      Awesome!! Good luck with your hallway Carra!


  • how2home

    Looking really good! Love that you rounded the corner, we should start doing this. I always walk into corners and it sucks!

    • gemma

      Ha ha – I know, right?!


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  • Angela

    What a great use of space & I love the ceiling! I just went through your house tour and you have done such a beautiful job! I’m now following your blog.

    Have a geat weekend!


    • gemma

      Thanks Angela! The ceiling is a little pop of pattern and so much fun :)


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  • Heather

    I love that walnut stain too Gemma! It’s such a rich color! Love your new shelf and the chevron ceiling is amazing. Would you mind passing on to me the color you painted the chevrons? Thanks! I have a lot of boob lights in our ‘new to us’ home too! They just have to go at some point!! Love your blog – I am now following :D

    • gemma

      Thanks Heather!! The colour was Silver Drop by Behr. Good luck with conquering your ‘boob’ lights!! I still have to get to mine… :) ha ha


  • Jess

    Absolutely love that ceiling!