made / shelves

Dec 19, 2013

You know what's an added bonus to being married to M? The fact that he's so freaking handy with a power tool. I've had these shelf brackets from my last trip to Ikea just laying in the garage making googly eyes with some barn wood from M's parents. When I thought we were moving, I decided not to put them up, as we would just have eight more holes to patch. Now that it's on hold, and because we had some free time at home this past weekend, I thought it would be a great time to put them up. M had been saying he would, so I finally held him to it.

I love rustic style (although a realtor told me my style was "Shabby Chic"- whatever, she was wrong!) and even though our house is only a few years old and doesn't have a lot of character, I still think these shelves look good with some other big items I have in the house. I gathered some Christmas decor that I previously had nowhere to put and had fun displaying it. What's displayed now is just temporary- which is how I see this shelf's purpose. I don't want to just set it and forget it. Most of the fun in having shelves like these is to be able to stage it with all kinds of fun, seasonal items. I've been browsing Pinterest for open shelving ideas and am excited to re-do it when Christmas is over. I LOVE changing things around in the house and this might just be my little fix- moving things around on the shelf!

For the bottom row of pictures I used some Ikea frames I had on hand and a bunch of pages from my Real Simple magazine. I thought it would be a fun way to display some temporary seasonal "art" without having to buy it!

My favorite thing on the shelf? Our family Christmas picture on a canvas from Easy Canvas Prints. I was so excited about getting my canvas and finally having a fun way to display our most recent photo. I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly it arrived once I placed my order and how thick the canvas is! You can tell it's good quality and the color is so vivid and bright.
I love how our picture turned out and that we got Noah at just the right time for that perfect smile! Interested in trying out Easy Canvas Prints? They're awesome and have given me promo codes to share with you! Use "50FREESHIP" for 50% off your canvas and free shipping or use "BOGOMONTH" to buy one canvas and get one free! Those are seriously amazing deals!

These shelves have been on my to-do list for months so I get a little giddy when I walk into the room and see them. I'm so thankful that I have a patient guy who not only cut the wood and hung the shelves, but spent about twenty minutes just holding up the seriously heavy pieces so I could figure out where and on what wall I wanted to hang them. Thanks honey! 


  1. they look so good!! and i love those brackets. i've been trying to figure out how to hang shelves without those brackets that are so visible from the bottom. these just blend in perfectly.

  2. I really like the idea of having a display shelf that changes depending on season or mood. Keeps your living area fresh throughout the year. Well done M for putting the shelves up in time for Christmas!
    Claire xx

  3. These shelves are fantastic!!! My style is definitely rustic (or Shabby Chic) too. ;-)

  4. Nah, she doesn't know what she's talking about, haha. Shabby chic can be great too, but I think there's a lot more floral and frill involved. :) Those shelves look great! Are the brackets like end caps on the wood?? Does the shelf fit inside of them? I've been staring at the pictures trying to figure it out. I think Riley's starting to rub off on me. :) I love the barn wood!

  5. I love these shelves! And love that you used barnwood, how eco-friendly :) The metal brackets give them just the right modern touch too, so simplistic!

  6. We have some shelves like this too, and they are great! I do love that you did the barn wood look with them.