DIY Restoration Hardware-Inspired Shelving

***Welcome to all of the people heading over from Knock Off Decor, if you decide to do these shelves, please, please, please put a picture of the final result in the comments below. I’d love to see everyone’s take on this project.***

Yesterday, Damon & I decided we needed something to finish off our living room. We have a huge empty space next to our TV that needed to be filled.

I don’t know about you, but I am OBSESSED with Restoration Hardware, but newsflash, it’s super expensive. I don’t think we have ever actually bought something from there, and I don’t plan on starting now. I really wanted to put some shelves in the blank space, and really loved these:
Distressed Pine Ledge
I loved the rustic wood and the metal brackets they used to hold them up. The only problem… the insane price. For 3 shelves [36″ x 5″ x 2″] + 2 brackets per shelf = check this out… $707.

WHAT?! That is probably not going to happen. Ever. Check out below what we did ourselves instead!

We went to Home Depot and got a few things…

TOTAL: $122 – that’s over $500 less than the Restoration Hardware shelves!

The best thing about making your own shelves, is that you can make them exactly how you want them.  We decided to make ours out of cedar, each shelf was 2″ x 6″ x 40″

Damon measured and cut each board:
Laura Acton | Restoration Hardware

Then came my favorite part! We used hammers, nails, screws and a hand planer to beat up the wood. We then did a light sanding.
Laura Acton | Restoration HardwareNext it got stained and then sanded it again. This is important. The one on the right was only stained. You have to sand it again to help get that weathered looked. We finished it up by adding a coat of the finishing wax.
Laura Acton | Restoration Hardware2015-07-24_0005Then Damon screwed the flanges into the wall and attached the pipe. We laid the boards on top and then tightened the caps on the end to help secure it. If you wanted these to be dark like the originals, you could definitely use some Rust-Oleum spray paint to get that affect.
Laura Acton | Restoration HardwareWe originally only did two shelves, and thought it looked super awkward… So we got some more hardware and made another one. Here is the final product.
Laura Acton | Restoration HardwareSo what do you all think of our DIY weekend project?

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  • Reclaimed Wood Wall ShelvesJuly 25, 2015 - 11:52 am

    […] Laura of The Simple Life and her husband Damon wanted to “finish off” their living room by filling the large blank wall next to their television. Laura found some wood shelves with metal brackets that she thought would be perfect for the space. Well, perfect that is minus the price. Laura did the math, and they were looking at around $700 for three measly shelves. Craziness! Instead, Laura and Damon spent some time in the hardware store devising a plan to get the same look for substantially less. I’d say they did a pretty awesome job! […]ReplyCancel

  • […] not buy them, make them!  They are super easy to make and here is a great tutorial to help you by Laura Acton. . 9. The stained wood.  The hairpin legs.  Enough said.  The slender and simple design of […]ReplyCancel

  • KristineOctober 14, 2015 - 5:02 pm

    Hi. I’m pretty sure you use the paste to finish the shelves? Just checking if that is the last step!
    Thanks this is a fun and quick project!

    • Laura ActonOctober 28, 2015 - 1:09 pm

      Yes! That is how we finished them. I’ll add that to the directions now. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • IvanMarch 7, 2016 - 8:43 am

    Home Depot only sells 6″ and 8″galvanized pipe – 3/4″.
    Did they customized yours at 6-1/2″ threaded right there?


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  • PattiAugust 7, 2016 - 3:35 pm

    Beautiful! May I ask how many inches apart did you space the shelves? Going to give this project a try!ReplyCancel

    • Laura ActonAugust 30, 2016 - 5:10 pm

      Probably 12 inches or so? I would space it how it looks best in your space!ReplyCancel

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