• DIY Rustic Industrial Shelves

    by  • November 20, 2013 • Creativity • 10 Comments


    I thought I would share my most recent DIY endeavor with all of you!  We had this huge gaping wall in the living room that I was struggling to fill up.  We can’t mount the TV on the wall because the house is a rental, so I had to work my design around that.  I came up with a gallery wall that features both shelves and photo frames.

    This is a really simple project, using only 1×6′s, corner braces, and bolts.  I stained the boards and painted the hardware first, and had my husband drill the holes for the braces to attach to the boards.  We used toggle bolts to hang them securely when the shelf didn’t line up with a stud. If you are going to be putting lots of heavy items, such as books, on your shelves, I would definitely recommend that you make sure to hang them on a stud! IMG_2726 IMG_2727 IMG_2728 IMG_2787 IMG_2795 IMG_2820 IMG_2823 IMG_2826 IMG_2827 IMG_2829 IMG_2830 IMG_2799 IMG_2835

    The Ugly Truth

    Use primer! I still haven’t gone back and fixed this yet!


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    I'm Tasha, wife of a worship leader, mama to 3 kiddos, a freelance graphic designer, currently residing in East Texas.

    10 Responses to DIY Rustic Industrial Shelves

    1. Donna Whited
      March 16, 2014 at 8:19 am

      I love this idea! It’s just what I was looking for. I was wondering where you found those brackets.

      • Tasha
        March 16, 2014 at 8:04 pm

        Thank you! I found them at Lowes.

    2. Elizabeth
      May 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

      What stain did you use?

      • Tasha
        May 19, 2014 at 11:53 am

        It’s a mix of Minwax Wood Finish in Special Walnut and Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Light Walnut.

    3. Tony
      July 3, 2014 at 5:14 pm

      Hi. Great color and graining on the shelves. Wondering about the mix. Did you actually mix the two stains together, fifty-fifty? Or, did you apply a coat of one, and then–after that dried–a coat of the other?

      Also, do those brackets themselves (whether into a stud or not) feel like their holding up? Are they 6″ in depth? And (finally) did you consider a longer wall surface side–maybe to hold two bolts, or does this feel like it’s pretty strong.


      • Tasha
        July 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

        Hi Tony!
        I actually mixed the stains together to get the color I wanted. I’m not sure if it was 50/50, but you should be able to play with it and get what you want.

        The brackets are holding up. I wouldn’t put books on them or anything really heavy though. We used toggle bolts and they seem to be working for our purposes. The bracket is 5″ by about 2″ but I did originally want the wall side to be longer. I just couldn’t find something like that in my store and was too impatient to try to order some.

        Hope that helps!

    4. Paul
      September 1, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Hello Tasha, great idea for these shelves. I do a lot of woodworking and was looking for something different, yet simple to display some items and I love the look of these.
      As a side note, the hardware, ussually being either galvanized or zinc, ussually doesnot hold the paint very well. Especially if you put a socket or wrench on it even if you do prime it.

    5. Anita
      May 22, 2015 at 8:09 pm

      Where did you find those neat little brackets? I’ve hunted all over and all I can find are plain brackets that aren’t anywhere near big enough or cute enough.

      • Anita
        May 22, 2015 at 8:10 pm

        Oh, well shoot. I just read your previous comments and see that you bought them at Lowe’s. I looked there and could only find the other ones (I wish I could show you a picture so you’d know what I mean.) Which department did you find them in?

    6. October 5, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      They are called “L” brackets and you should be able to find them by asking where they are located. I’ve used them for other projects. They come in a variety of different sizes.

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