DIY Kitchen Shelf Tutorial

When we moved into our house in March 2016 I debated for a long time on what I wanted to do with this HUGE blank wall in our kitchen. Shortly after moving we found out I was (SURPRISE) pregnant with our 3rd baby and we knew HG (Hyperemesis Gravidarum) was going to hit me at any moment (I will save this story for a different post) ***update you can read about that here***. Needless to say,  after finding out we were pregnant I knew I wasn’t going to be doing house projects anytime soon.

A month or so before Chase was due the “nesting” stage kicked in and I was feeling a bit better to get things done around here. I had many projects on my list which meant that Alex was going to get busy around here too since I need his help 90% of the time, LOL.

I ended up deciding that that I wanted large kitchen shelves and this wall ended up working out great for that. I was a little hesistant to do shelving because our thermostat is on the same wall but it didn’t interfere like I thought it would.

My favorite.

I love decorating shelves and bookcases. I already had the wine glasses and empty glass jars laying around house and thought they would be perfect for the shelves!

It’s a bit hard to tell but the bowls have a gold rim around the top. They went perfect other gold accents I have throughout the house. The bowls were in fact my favorite purchase for this project. I got those along with the gray canisters at Target.

The glass mugs with the gold rose are from HomeGoods…. in the clearance section…… for $1 each- I love when that happens. I also purchased the white bowls from there too!

Supplies Needed

  • 3/4in black screws
  • 1 1/4in black screws with anchors
  • Miniwax Wood Stain- Dark Walnut
  • Foam Brush
  • Rag
  • 6 Shelf brackets (we got ours from Lowe’s)
  • 1×10 Pine wood
  • Table Saw (if you choose to cut it yourself)
  • Drill bit
  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Level



  1. Prep your wood by cutting to your desired size. You can do this yourself if you have a table saw or Home Depot can cut it for you. We specifically cut ours 4 ft long and 7 in wide. In the long run I wish I had gone just a little wider than 7 in.
  2. Sand your wood on all sides so it’s nice and smooth and free of any stamped markings.
  3. Stain your wood whatever colors you choose; we used dark walnut for ours. Let this dry for 12-24 hours.
  4. Use the 3/4 in black screws to attach the brackets into the wood and screw them in. Our brackets are placed 9 in from the edge of the shelf.
  5. Hold your shelf to the wall and place the level on top making sure it is level and mark the holes in the bracket.We did not have studs in this wall so we had to use anchors for extra support. Use your drill bit where you placed your markings and screw in the anchors with the electric drill.
  6. After your anchors are in, hold your shelf up to the wall (over the anchors) and screw in your 1 3/4 in. It really helps to have a second person during this step.
  7. Repeat steps 5-6 for your remaining shelves. We did our shelves 15 in between each one.



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