This little 2×4 industrial shelf was all thanks to a challenge… and one very messy kitchen counter!
I have a small kitchen, with half of the countertop devoted to my day planner and calendar. But it was always a mess. Basically put, I needed a more organized spot for my dayplanner binder.
Forgive me for not taking a before shot… I just couldn’t bring myself to show you the shame of it all. 🙂 But if you can imagine layers of papers on TOP of the binder, and the binder eating up this entire space, you have it down.
I quite simply needed to double the space with a custom shelf to accommodate the binder width. And I’m happy to say, it worked!
Here’s how I made it:
How to make this 2×4 pipe industrial kitchen phone station shelf
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2x4s – I used reclaimed, but new would work too: try picking up treated, for a more weathered appearance
pipe fittings (I used 3/4″)
miter saw or jig saw
stencil, if desired (I used my own coffee design from HERE)
How I did it:
1. Cut 2x4s down to the desired size. Slightly sand the cut edges.
2. Somehow attach the 2x4s together. Metal brackets or a proper jig would work fabulous.
(I would have supported the shelf using other pieces of wood, but that would have broken the rules for this challenge)
3. Attach pipe fittings to the underside of the shelf.
(I used 3/4″)
4. Stencil on a design if desired.
I didn’t have a special jig, nor any metal brackets on hand to hold the shelf together, so I predrilled holes on an angle, then inserted screws, much like a jig would have done more professionally.
This worked in a pinch, but I wouldn’t recommend it as a first choice. 🙂
Adding the legs was easy, with pipe fittings I had from THIS Industrial pipe tray.
I often repurpose repurposed projects… 🙂
Rather than just a plain shelf, I decided to junk it up a little, and added a gate pull and hinge, as if perhaps this was a small door off something.
And because I couldn’t leave well enough alone, I did a very quick 5 second stencil to give the shelf a little old sign lift.
Source: I used the International Brewers Coffee stencil from my own collection you can find HERE.
And now it looks like a coffee crate turned door turned shelf… I think. 🙂
Oh goodness.. I’m so in LOVE with this shelf! It allows the light to still shine in, but easily doubling my counter space. Kinda has a Fixer Upper vibe, don’t you think?
All I can say is, it’s so nice to have my counter back again!
I’ve made a few other things with 2x4s as well…
Aaaand… good news! Approx 50 others have joined the 2×4 challenge! Keep checking below until they all show up! 🙂
If this doesn’t encourage you to go pick up a few 2x4s, I don’t know what will!
Thank you Gina via The Shabby Creek Cottage, for the awesome challenge!