Earth Day is upon us, and one of my favorite ways to push myself is by using old materials in a new way. Thinking outside the box stretches creativity. Turning reclaimed wood into various functional pieces is a great way to save something from the trash. To add function to our small entry, I built a slim shelf to store necessities without taking up valuable floor space.
Earth Day DIY: Reclaimed Shelf
I started with old cedar siding boards, then removed the rough surface with 80 grit sandpaper. For a smooth finish, I followed up with 220 grit. When using reclaimed wood, I like to leave remnants of the previous life. Blue paint in the knot holes add character and a little interest.
To construct the shelf, I cut three boards down to 36 inches long; two for the top and bottom and another for the back. The sides are two pieces of 6 inch material. All square cuts and super simple. Assembly was as easy as squaring up the corners and nailing through the faces of each board. I followed up with a coat of teak oil to enhance the grain.
Securing it to the wall took a few screws into studs. Having two shelves leaves the top open for decorative items, while the bottom holds keys, sunglasses, stamps, and a bowl of found treasures from the boys. Hanging a floating shelf left room for a small stool below and still ample room to move around.
About the author…Amanda Bowe is a mom to two boys, a DIYer, crafter, and thrift store addict. She is also the author of Our Humble Abode, a blog dedicated to all things home improvement and DIY.