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:
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!
- Rough sawn cedar – 2″ x 6″ x 10″ [$12 each – 3]
- 2 floor flanges per shelf – 3/4″ [$7 each – 6]
- Custom cut and threaded galvanized pipe – 3/4″ x 6-1/2″ [$18 total]
- 2 galvanized caps per shelf – 3/4″ [$2 each – 6]
- Minwax stain – dark walnut [$5]
- Minwax paste finishing wax [$9]
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:
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.
Next 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.
Then 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.
We 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.
So what do you all think of our DIY weekend project?