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Hi.

Welcome to my blog. I document my DIY transformations as I decorate my home on a budget! Hope you have a nice stay!

DIY Kitchen Shelves

DIY Kitchen Shelves

Around this time of the year I always get the itch to organize, clean, and donate things I no longer need. That means finding a place for everything I decide to keep. So...let's talk storage...I have none (lol). Well, I shouldn't say none, limited is a better description.

When I moved into my apartment the built-in shelves in my kitchen became a catch-all spot. Anything I didn't have a spot for ended up on those shelves. I was also missing the two top shelves and this spot was an eyesore. The way my apartment is laid out also made this one of the first things you saw when you walked it. It was time to do something about it. 

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I had a some 3.5" x 0.5" planks that I rescued from the recycle pile at my old apartment building. I finally found the perfect way to #upcycle these! I cut my planks down to size and sanded them to remove dirt and discoloration. I initially planned on staining the wood but after removing the dust with tack cloth, I loved the natural color. 

Assembly was extremely simply. Wood screws and brackets from my local Home Hardware were the only items I had to buy. To add some shine and to seal the wood, I applied one coat of Minwax Helmsman Spar Satin Alkyd Urethane (left over from a previous project). 

Installing these shelves was also very easy, the ledges from the missing shelves were already in place. After putting the shelves in placed I noticed a few areas where the paint had chipped off the wall...nothing a little touch up with some left over white paint couldn't fix. 

And voil√†! I love how the natural wood looks with the white shelves. The added shelves gave me a place to store kitchen items that I don't mind having out on display. This is now both great to look at and functional! I think that's a perfect combination AND the best part, this was super inexpensive! 

What do you all think?

Until next time, 

XOX D

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