I love reclaimed wood. Love. Like, I would choose a trip to the architectural salvage store where we get most of our lumber over clothing shopping any day.
Also, they have this guy there, and it just makes the historian in me giddy every time I see him.
That actually doesn’t have a thing to do with reclaimed wood shelving.
Here’s the deal, there are some amazing, fantastic tutorials out there showing how you can distress wood in some fairly convincing ways. And that is a terrific option, for sure. That said, if you have never gone and picked up a piece of rough sawn lumber before give it a go. Call it a present to yourself.
Authentic reclaimed wood is rich with character. Each piece has its own story, its own unique markings. Prepping and cleaning it reveals even more of that beauty and is kind of an exciting process.
I am risking becoming the crazy wood lady here, and I’m cool with that.
Let’s get to the shelf part.
How to build a reclaimed wood shelf
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One of the simplest, most lovely ways to utilized reclaimed lumber is to make a shelf. I recently added this to our bedroom as part of a complete makeover of the space, and the warmth that it alone brought to the room even before I added the other pieces was incredible.
The wood is actually the end of a longer piece that I am using for a table. The board was around 12 feet long when I purchased it, and the leftover remnant is about 4 feet long. The place I purchase wood from charges $3.40 per board foot for 2×10 material, making this a $13.60 portion. (Minus the 10% they always so sweetly give me.) $13.60 for a shelf is not a bad price!
The brackets are formed from three pieces of galvanized steel.
Assemble the brackets by screwing the nipple into the flange, and the cap onto the other end of the nipple. The flange is then simply screwed the to wall making sure to utilize a stud. I sprayed the brackets with Rust-Oleum Metallic spray paint, which may have been the oil rubbed bronze but was definitely whatever dark color was in my paint cupboard at the time. The shelf simply sits on top of the brackets. How simple is that?!
The best part is, this is an endlessly customizeable shelf. Nipples are available in a number of sizes, and if you don’t see what you need the nice people at Home Depot or Lowes will cut one down for you and thread it.
I sealed the wood using my favorite polyurethane, Varathane’s Triple Thick. I rarely ever-almost never stain reclaimed wood, since it’s lovely on its own, which makes this project even easier.
And that’s it! I love this shelf so much that I plan to install longer versions in my new office space.