DIY Open Shelving

DIY Open Shelving

I have been longing to decorate this wall in our dining room for so long.  It is a big wall with a vaulted ceiling and is open with the living room.  It felt very plain and needed some love.

I decided to start by painting the wall an accent color.  I chose Roycroft Pewter from Sherwin Williams in a flat finish. I was a little hesitant to use such a dark color on such a large wall, but we have so much natural light in our house that I thought it would be alright.  And I it is so pretty! Sometimes it has a bluish tint to it.

Next, I decided to try my hand at open shelving.  I found these that I loved on Shanty2Chic.

DIY Floating Shelf Free Plans Shanty2Chic

I like how big and chunky they are.  I wanted to have a place for wine glasses and things on the bottom shelf and decorations on the top shelf.

So I got started!  I built the frame and attached it to the studs on the wall (with the help of my 13 year old son).

Then I built the 3 sided box.  This part was harder than I thought it would be because I didn’t anticipate having to fit a drill inside a narrow box in order to insert pocket hole screws at the proper angle! (Trust me…it was frustrating!) Once that was done I sanded  and roughed up the edges and stained them using a mixture of equal parts Varathane dark walnut and weathered gray.

Then I slid them on the frame and attached them with wood screws.

They are extremely sturdy and have lots of room on the shelf for all kinds of pretties! So I got started decorating.


I love this winter scene against the dark gray wall.  I bought it on Etsy and had it printed at Office Depot.  I will leave it up all winter and then change it out with another scene in the spring.  It ended up costing me around $25 not including the frame, so it is an affordable option.

This wall is such a focal point now and the shelves really open up the space.  Such a fun project!




Published by tamiloecker

I live in Lawrence, KS with my husband and son Chad. I am a dental hygienist. We have a yellow lab named Beau.

4 comments on “DIY Open Shelving”

  1. Michelle Miller Penniman says:

    Beautiful use of space and added warmth and storage💙

    1. tamiloecker says:

      Thank you for checking it out!

  2. Karen Fleming says:

    The new wall looks great. You have impeccable style. Love the blog.

    1. tamiloecker says:

      Thank you Karen!

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