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.
Here’s what I did… and how cute it turned out!
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A reclaimed wood branch shelf that’s really… anything!
1. The shelf started with two reclaimed wood fence panels. After pressure washing and sanding, they were cut to desired length.
2. Then they were laid side by side and stenciled off-centre in black.
Note: This Route 66 stencil is no longer available, however you can find MANY other 10″ x 10″ sign stencils that would fit perfectly HERE
3. Two side planks were measured to the same length, then cut at an angle.
4. 1 larger plank was cut and fit for the top.
5. All pieces were assembled with screws.
How to assemble:
- pre-drill holes
- attach with drywall screws
The two side-by-side planks were attached with rustic hinges from the front as well as supported from the top board.
However you could also use a Kreg Jig OR use cedar strips attached from the back as I did in THIS NOEL SIGN PROJECT.
6. The side pieces were drilled to create a hole, with a thin tree branch strung through.
Cute and compact… and can be used for anything!
Here’s a few ideas:
Toilet paper holder
Well now THAT works! And if you made the shelf 1 plank wider, you could get 2 or 3 rolls in it!
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!
The branch dowel worked amazing to hang toilet paper! Easy to change out too!
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?
Paint caddy shelf
How about a paint or DIY paint shelf caddy of sorts? Kinda makes having a few easy to grab supplies enticing to use, don’t you think?
Add metal s-hooks to the branch to hang up paint brushes or anything desired.
This would also be a cute shelf beside a phone station!
Let’s try another idea…
Craft room shelf
Or how about a laundry room or craft room shelf?
Once again, the s-hooks would be super handy to hang up any crafting gear such as scissors.
As you can clearly see, I went through several hundred staging ideas.
But, I have to admit, one idea stood out more than the rest…
Coffee station shelf
The cutest little coffee station shelf! The S-hooks are perfect to hang up a couple of mugs… or more if you make the shelf wider!
Now I want this handy little helper in my kitchen!
With a coffee stencil next time!
This was quite the fun little reclaimed wood branch shelf to make and use! What would you use it for?
Some other quirky shelves that may interest you…
Reclaimed wood crate-styled block shelf
Fence plank shelf for paint brush storage
An Ikea storage shelf hack that turned out so rustically cool
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18 thoughts on “A reclaimed wood branch shelf that’s really… anything!”
Donna, love how you think, great project
It could be a key holder, a jewelry holder, paper towel holder, or scarf hanger.
The rusty hinges are the PERFECT touch! Love this.
What about a by-the-back-door spot for keys, scarves and a place for phone charging. Your variations are wonderful too. Very clever!
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)
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!! 🙂
Thanks Rebecca! I can safely say, my newest passion is just making stuff with fence boards! And I’m far from done, so you’re in luck! haha
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!!! 🙂
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
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!
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!
Hi Lisa! I only sell stencils online at this time. But thanks for your interest! 🙂
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.
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!
I absolutely love your ideas. Will be trying many with the help of my son.
I’m loving this shelf unit. Is it available to buy?
Hi Des, sorry, I create to inspire others to create. 🙂 Perhaps you can share this post with a handy builder type to make one for you…
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.