A reclaimed wood branch shelf that’s really… anything!

Route 66 stencil / reclaimed wood rustic branch cabinet / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Most of my creations are generally out of need. I think of what I want, then find a way to make it.

But this round, I had no idea what I was about to make.

In fact, I still don’t really know what it is!

Other than a reclaimed wood branch shelf of course.

Route 66 stencil / reclaimed wood rustic branch cabinet / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

The shelf started with two reclaimed wood fence panels. After power washing and sanding, they were cut to size.

Then they were laid side by side with an off centre 10″ Route 66 stencil design.

And since I had no idea what I was making, I went through several thousand drafts after this too. I mean, two planks of wood can be anything!

Route 66 stencil / Reclaimed wood rustic branch cabinet / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

So my apologies for not having more instructions. I’m trying to come up with a bunch of projects for The Olde Farmhouse market, and I’ve yet to land one that’s a clear win geared for mass production.

So, it’s one of a kind, one at a time creations until I find ‘the one’. 

Everything was screwed together, with rusty hinges holding the two back panels together. 

Junky, rusty, just my style!

And I still have no idea what it is.

But one thing became obvious really fast… are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Toilet paper storage / Reclaimed wood rustic branch cabinet / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Well now THAT works! 🙂

Toilet paper storage, rustic style.

But take a good look at the cabinet… can you spot all the oddities in the wood?

Even the top has a sky light knot hole!

Toilet paper storage / Reclaimed wood rustic branch cabinet / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Natural rustic wood edges exposed / Reclaimed wood rustic branch cabinet / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Ohhhh yes! I love to celebrate the imperfect.

I think that’s what I love most about building reclaimed wood projects. Finding the perfect piece of old wood.

So… what else can this little rustic shelf be?


Art and paint organizing shelf / Reclaimed wood rustic branch cabinet / FunkyJunkInteriors.net

How about a paint or DIY caddy of sorts? Kinda makes having a few easy to grab supplies enticing to use, don’t you think?

Or a note taking shelf by the phone.

Craft and sewing organizing shelf / Reclaimed wood rustic branch cabinet / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Or how about a laundry room or craft room helper? 

As you can clearly see, I went through several hundred staging ideas. 

But, I have to admit, one idea out more than the rest…

Coffee and cup organizing shelf / Reclaimed wood rustic branch cabinet / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
Coffee always wins, doesn’t it?

Now I want this handy little helper in my kitchen!

coffee cups hanging from rusty S hooks on a branch / Reclaimed wood rustic branch cabinet / FunkyJunkInteriors.net
With a coffee stencil next time! 

And knowing me, realizing it would ultimately become something else anyway. 🙂

What would you use this rustic little shelf for?

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  1. Donna, as SOON as I saw it, I knew what it really is!
    ‘Amazing’ ‘Brilliant’ ‘Creative’ I could go through the alphabet. All the rusty odd ball hardware I have, now has a purpose!!!
    Thank-you for the idea. It made my day. </:o)

  2. I absolutely LOVE this shelf!!! I have some reclaimed lumber from our old dairy barn where I grew up and have been saving it to see what kind of neat ideas you come up with!! I love this one!! Keep the great reclaimed lumber projects coming, Donna! They’re fabulous!! 🙂

      • Donna, I loved the story and pictures awhile back of how you scored the fence boards treasure loot!! I’m so looking forward to seeing every project you create with those!!! 🙂

  3. Fantastic Donna! I love the way you can think so well outside the box! I smiled when I scrolled down to the pic of the loo paper holder. It hadn’t even entered my head. 🙂

    So love the rusty ole hinges. Such a great touch. But it’s a hard pick between the loo paper holder and the coffee spot! x

  4. I just love that little versatile shelf. Wow – so cool with all the edges and holes – I could think of many things I would use it for. Wonderful creation!

  5. Oh, what a unique design and I soooo love the imperfections in the wood…the rusty hinges just put it over the top! You could use a sweet, little shelf like this in any room, really, but since I’ve been in gardening mode, how about in the gardening shed to hang your little gardening utensils or it could even be used to dry flowers. The potential is limitless, really! Now I just have to be on the lookout for some awesome old wood planks!

  6. I love it! I would use it by the sink in the bathroom for a hand towel holder. Fresh ones on top and current one on the branch. I think the coffee one is my favorite.

  7. I love the toilet paper especially since I am in need of a toilet paper holder in the half bath/laundry. I would only need the bottom shelf though. This is cute!