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_2820IMG_2823IMG_2826IMG_2827IMG_2829IMG_2830IMG_2799 IMG_2835

The Ugly Truth

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


10 thoughts on “DIY Rustic Industrial Shelves

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

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

  2. 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.


    1. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

    1. 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?

  5. 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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