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

Learn how to make this rustic reclaimed wood branch shelf that's really... anything! Toilet paper holder, paint shelf, craft storage, plus! #funkyjunkinteriors #bathroom #toiletpaperholder #reclaimedwood #shelf #shelving #shelves

A reclaimed wood branch shelf

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 stencil.

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!

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So my apologies for not having more instructions this round. 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’. 

The reclaimed wood board were screwed together, with rusty hinges holding the two back panels together with a branch to hang something.

Junky, rusty, just my style!

And I still have no idea what it is. LOL

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

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Toilet paper holder

Well now THAT works! ๐Ÿ™‚

Toilet paper storage, rustic style.

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

Even the top has a sky light knot hole!

Learn how to make this rustic reclaimed wood branch shelf that's really... anything! Toilet paper holder, paint shelf, craft storage, plus! #funkyjunkinteriors #bathroom #toiletpaperholder #reclaimedwood #shelf #shelving #shelves

The branch dowel worked amazing to hang toilet paper! Easy to change out too!


Learn how to make this rustic reclaimed wood branch shelf that's really... anything! Toilet paper holder, paint shelf, craft storage, plus! #funkyjunkinteriors #bathroom #toiletpaperholder #reclaimedwood #shelf #shelving #shelves
Isn’t that rustic wood with all its natural imperfections amazing though?

There is nothing like a live edge or oddities to make a rustic piece special!

So… what else can this little rustic shelf be?


Art and paint organizing shelf / Learn how to make this rustic reclaimed wood branch shelf that's really... anything! Toilet paper holder, paint shelf, craft storage, plus! #funkyjunkinteriors #bathroom #toiletpaperholder #reclaimedwood #shelf #shelving #shelves

Paint caddy shelf

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.

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Craft room shelf

Or how about a laundry room or craft room shelf?

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 station shelf / Learn how to make this rustic reclaimed wood branch shelf that's really... anything! Toilet paper holder, paint shelf, craft storage, plus! #funkyjunkinteriors #bathroom #toiletpaperholder #reclaimedwood #shelf #shelving #shelves

Coffee station shelf

Coffee always wins, doesn’t it?

Now I want this handy little helper in my kitchen!

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With a coffee stencil next time! 

And knowing me, realizing it would ultimately become something else anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

What would you use this rustic little shelf for?

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Some other quirky shelves that may interest you…

2-ladder entry shelf

easy paint shelf with shipping crate stamp stencils-011

Reclaimed wood crate-styled block shelf

easy paint shelf with shipping crate stamp stencils-007

Fence plank shelf for paint brush storage

An Ikea storage shelf hack that turned out so rustically cool

Visit all my shelving HERE

Visit all my other reclaimed wood projects HERE

Find sign stencils HERE

(the Route 66 stencil is no longer in production)

 

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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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • 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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    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!

  8. Hi there – 90% of the things I make using live edge, as you did. I’ve no success with items under $40, so I make only things $50 +.
    This looks like a $$ maker, so I will make a few and see. It is a neat little item. Now, I have to cook some hinges so they will rust.I had a lady call recently with old fence boards for free. I was looking for old fence posts, but now, I see that I can use her old fence pickets. I will call her today and pickup her fence pickets.
    I will make toilet paper holder, cap rack, kitchen spatulas, key holder.
    Thank you for your wonderful creation.