Monday, February 7, 2011

How to build open shelves for kitchen.....and some painting tips.

The open shelves we built in our kitchen were easy and affordable. I blogged about phase 3 of our kitchen project here ..Since the shelves were easy and afforable, I thought I would give you a list of the materials we used and a brief explanation of how to make them......We spent approx. $22 per shelf...Here is what you will need to make two 4 ft by 11 in. shelves.
4 black aluminum brackets.....found at Lowes $3.50 each...total $14.00

Chair rail...$1.20 linear ft. We used 6 ft..per shelf.....$14.40 for two shelves.
One-sided smooth ply wood..1/2 sheet $15.00. One 1/2 sheet for 2 shelves.

Use a miter saw to cut the edges of the chair rail to a 45 degree angle.

Attach the chair rail to the outside top edge of the cut plywood.


We use small finishing nails to attach the chair rail to the plywood and putty in the holes...We also use putty to fill in any gaps between the chair rail and plywood.
Primer and Paint the shelves.
My painting tips this week for us DIY kitchen cabinet painters.

Use WHIZZ paint rollers for cabinets and doors....They help you get a smooth surface....I highly recomend using these rollers...I find them at Lowes. I have also seen them on Amazon.com 
I will store them over night in a plastic baggy and reuse them the next day...If stored in a plastic baggy they will not dry out.....Saves us DIY'ers money and we like that! 
I be linking this up over at Linda's...see you there!

  

  
 http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/

24 comments:

  1. I love how this turned out. I always forget to take pictures. I am painting a new room, keep you posted.

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  2. These look great! I have some boards to make some smaller versions for our laundry room. I just need to get around to doing it. You have inspired me to get it done!

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  3. Wow...looks awesome! You guys did a great job!

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  4. These look great. You did a really nice job!

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  5. Fantastic, and thanks for the how-to. Your blog is lovely. I'm looking forward to having time for more of a look at it.

    Cheers,
    Lisa x

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  7. These look great! Thanks for the tip about what rollers to use, I'm going to be starting my kitchen cabinets once the weather gets a bit warmer!

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  8. I love the look of the shelves. Everyone and their brother (me included) have cabinets, but the shelves are a little unexpected surprise and makes it look more like a custom kitchen.

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  9. I love this! I really want to put these in our laundry room. So classy but still simple!

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  10. Looks great!!! Thanks for the how to!!

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  12. Lisa,
    Those shelves look great! In fact, love the whole kitchen redo! White on the top and black on the bottom looks wonderful! Good tip on the rollers!
    Rebecca

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  13. Your shelves look fantastic! I'm looking to add a couple shelves in my kitchen...I appreciate this tutorial! :)

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  14. What an awesome idea! Will be steraling that one for sure! Traci

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  15. FABULOUS!!! Love the concept! Looks amazing!

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  16. Your shelves are fantasic. So glad you decided to share how to make them. I feel the need for some new shelves in my house now!

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  17. That is true talent that you make it look like even I could do it!
    Mary Ann

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  18. Lisa,
    Thanks so much for sharing your shelves with all of us at NTT!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  19. Lisa, That turned out AMAZING!!Its like I cant wait to see what you do next! You rock!

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  20. This is a great post! Maybe I can sweet talk my husband into finally adding these thanks to your great instructions.

    -Rene

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  21. This post is right up my alley! I've been longing for open shelves in my kitchen. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  22. Lisa, your kitchen makeover is full of unexpected and lovely details! I love, love, love your open shelving and the color palette is beautiful! I really like that color gray and it is the perfect backdrop with the white and black of the shelves and cabinets.

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  23. Lisa, I'm loving your butler's pantry. I have always wanted one (a butler's pantry, not a butler!) I can't believe you made those shelves - they are so professional looking, and I've seen them in Ballards and other catalogs and yours are a fraction of the cost! I'm inspired by this transformation of your space! And I too love those exact foam rollers - just used them to do my kitchen cabinets.

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