Dining Room Open Shelving

Dining Room Open Shelving

There’s only THREE more days of school left?! Who’s as excited as I am?! Pool days, splash pad play dates, picnics, trips to the zoo, 3 meals a day on the patio…..I simply LIVE for this time of year! Both of my babes are home all day, and it’s simply the best!

One of the things on my ever-growing To-Do List is adding some open shelving in my Dining Room. I’ve been to Home Depot no less than 100 times in the past month and yet every time I go, I forget to pick up some brackets for the shelves. Well, my patience with myself has run out, so today I decided to just figure it out with what I have.


I took zero before and during pictures….because I’m an awesome blogger. Aren’t you glad you’re here.

I think I can walk you through what I did though with words. I’m very descriptive like that.

I cut down these 2″ square pieces of wood I had to form an “L” for the brackets. Because I’m so awesome at math and counting, I cut 2 brackets only to realize that each board (I’m making two shelves) will need 2 brackets. Duh. So, back to the saw to cut more. Then I discovered I don’t have enough wood….again, because I’m so good at math and preparation. So, I spent 45 minutes rooting through my scrap wood trying to find more of these boards……which actually led me to finding some pretty cool stuff I didn’t even know I had, so it was time well spent. I eventually just shortened all the ones I had already cut which left me with exactly what I needed.


Using 3″ wood screws I screwed the two piece of wood together to form that “L” I mentioned earlier. Once I sanded the boards down, I gray washed everything. Washing wood is one of my favorite pastimes. Seriously. It’s so fun. I mixed a light gray paint I had with some water and then added some dark walnut antiquing glaze (brand is Rustoleum). I stir it up and then use a towel to apply. Wipe on. Wipe off.


The best part about washing wood? No wait time while it dries. Because you wipe the paint right back off, it’s so quickly absorbed and there’s almost no dry time. That’s pretty perfect for people like me who have negative patience. That’s right. Negative. I have less than zero patience.

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I used 3″ wood screws to screw them into the wall. My 5 year old son helped me hang them. Which started out disastrous……but ended well.

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I really love them! And they cost me Nadda. 🙂




3 thoughts on “Dining Room Open Shelving”

  • 1
    Melanie on June 2, 2015 Reply

    Hi Jennifer
    I just started subscribing to your blog! I really love your ideas. Where did you get the farm picture that is on your shelf? It’s so nice I grew up on a farm and would love to find something similar for my house. I still have animals and will always be a farmgirl!

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      thewillowfarmhouse on June 2, 2015 Reply

      Hey Melanie! Thanks so much for stopping by! The Farm Sign is from Hobby Lobby! 🙂 I got it a few months ago, but I believe they’re still carrying this one! 🙂

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    Bill Filippi on June 13, 2015 Reply

    hi Jennifer, love you, gpa filippi

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