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DIY Kitchen Shelves for $20

When we were completing our Farmhouse Kitchen Remodel, I knew I wanted extra shelving, but our budget was almost full. Here’s how we made some DIY kitchen shelves for $20.

See those open cabinets?

I lived with those for MONTHS. Originally, I was going to leave the doors off and have an open kitchen to display my dishes, but those 6 months without doors killed it for me.

Then I saw that open wall space behind the door!

Here’s how we used up an empty space to expand our pantry and get the shelves we wanted in our price range.

DIY Kitchen Shelves for $20

Supplies

Shelving Brackets – These were on clearance at Lowe’s for $20
Existing Shelves from pantry makeover

That empty space measures about a foot deep and 2 feet wide.  

I talked to Trent to see if we could put open shelves there.

That way, I could get the open shelving look for my kitchen while leaving my cabinet doors on!

After we added the bead board surround on our pantry, we were ready to hang the shelves. You can read more about the pantry build over here.

We gave our kitchen an update with this Farmhouse Pantry Makeover

We wanted to make sure it could bear the weight of anything heavy.

One bracket was secured to a stud and the other side was anchored with 65 lb screw anchors.

open shelving
We gave our kitchen an update with this Farmhouse Pantry Makeover

Then the real test was opening the door.

SCORE!

shelves behind door

It fit beautifully and wasn’t going to be hit by my boys when they charge through the door like an elephant!

Do you have one of those?

We gave our kitchen an update with this Farmhouse Pantry Makeover
We gave our kitchen an update with this Farmhouse Pantry Makeover

Using leftover wood, I built this small rustic shelf to hold our dishes.

It was still the idea of open shelving, but not as prominent as above the counters.

I spent the afternoon filling up my shelves with my favorite vintage scales and I just love how it all looks!

We gave our kitchen an update with this Farmhouse Pantry Makeover
vintage scales on shelves
green vintage scale
vintage farmhouse beater

I was able to utilize an unused space behind the door and expanded our pantry storage with these DIY kitchen shelves for $20!

Sometimes thinking outside the box is all we need to find a solution on a budget.

For more details about our Kitchen Remodel, check out these posts:

FARMHOUSE KITCHEN REMODEL – THE DEMOLITION
ADDING A PASS THROUGH TO A LOAD BEARING WALL
FARMHOUSE KITCHEN COFFEE BAR
OUR AMAZING $5000 FARMHOUSE KITCHEN REMODEL
FARMHOUSE PANTRY REVEAL

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4 Comments

  1. Thanks so much Kathi! That canister is a great idea! I think that would be perfect for food storage! Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. I know this is about your shelves, but is it bad that I am obsessed with that antique phone and wooden island????? Omg, they are so perfect! I love the shelves too by the way! It all pairs so well together. Thanks for sharing!

    Sharon
    herorganizedchaos.com

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