Hello there! I’m so happy its Friday; it’s been one of those weeks that drags on. Today I’m sharing how I made my DIY rustic bookshelves with IKEA brackets. I know so many other bloggers have made these DIY shelves already but mine are a little different.
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First off I purchased the Ekby brackets from IKEA.
I spray painted them in bronze so they would better match the rustic look I was going for; Rust-Oleum in Oil Rubbed Bronze is my favorite to use.
Now for the point of difference…These brackets fit a piece of wood that is 1″ thick. So I went to the hardware store and bought 1″ wood thinking everything is great. Well I get home and place the bracket over the wood and there’s a gap. Of course me being OCD and can’t handle the look of this, well I freaked out! It looked soo sloppy and not professional. I then went back to the hardware store thinking I bought the wrong size wood but then I was reminded that when you buy lumber it doesn’t match the dimensions they call out. So if you expect to buy 1″ thick it will most likely always be 3/4″. I really don’t understand why the industry does this. I wish they would call it 3/4″ or just increase the size to 1″ but who am I to change what has been happening for years!
So, I started researching what other bloggers did for this project on Pinterest. I was very disappointed to see they all accepted the 3/4″ thick wood. Here are some pictures of others shelves, I cropped their pictures so not to name names!
Well I finally did! I was so excited when I stumbled upon the stair threads like these.
As you can see these have a bull-nose on 1 side which could be a unique feature for a shelf but I liked the idea of clean lines.
I then cut the wood to the length of the shelf I wanted. I made mine about 35″ long. Now that the lumber was ready I lightly sanded it and brought it outside for staining. I used Dark Walnut by Minawax.
You can see the wood fits the brackets perfectly! It looks so much better don’t you think?
I already have a couple more of these and plan to add these shelves to my bathroom. I hope you learned from my mistake and find lumber that fits the brackets! Now for some styled pictures of the shelves in action!
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