Since re-doing our kitchen a few years ago we decided to go with open shelving instead of upper cabinets. At first we were a little reluctant to go with an overly exposed kitchen storage area, but honestly it is a great way to keep you clean and organized, as well as, show off a little personal taste through style and colors of plates and bowls.
Our shelves have taken a few different looks over the past years but we couldn’t be happier with their simplicity and affordability. We used Ikea Ekby Valter brackets for our shelves. We have loaded them down with a lot of weight from stacks of plates to small appliances, and they have held up without any issue.
Recently we were struggling with the space to the left of our oven and our SMEG Fridge. We’ve styled it a few different ways from hanging kitchen but never fell in love with a look. So we wanted to try adding the same shelves into this space as well.
We didn’t have anymore Ekby Valter Brackets so I wanted to make four brackets from the scrap wood we had from past projects. Here is how it turned out.
The build is quite easy and all from scrap wood. It is really hard to beat Ikea prices, even if you build it yourself, so saving just a few piece of scrap from projects can get you these brackets.
For the cuts, I trimmed some scrap 2 x 4 down to 1 1/4 x 5/8. Then cut a 7″, 8″, and 9″ board. Cut the 8″ board at 45 degrees at each end.
Measure 1 1/2 inch from each edge of the 9″ board. This will be the area to slightly notch out for the interesting boards.
With strong exterior glue, glue and nail (with a nail gun) the pieces together and drill pilot holes for the mounting screws.
That is! I really like simple scrap wood DIY’s because they essentially don’t cost anything if you have some scrap laying around. I hope you enjoyed this little project, thank you for stopping by the farm today to see what we are up to. We have some exciting new items hitting the blog this week so check back in. As always, Give Grace and have a great week!
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