Everyone needs more shelf space in their home, and graced with a pretty display, these easy-to-make hanging shelves add interest to any empty wall. Use them as a decorative display in the living or dining room or for storage space in a kitchen or bathroom. You can create these functional and stylish hanging shelves in just a few hours.
What You Need:
Poplar boards- We started with a 10-foot-long 1 x 8 and had it cut into four (28-inch-long) sections.
A quart of paint- We love the aged, slatelike finish that milk paint provides.
Sisal rope- We used 24 feet of 3/4-inch-diameter rope. It’s available by the foot at your local hardware store.
Step 1. Prepare the boards
Measure 1 1/2 inches in from the ends of each board, and mark the spots for four holes. Then use a 7/8-inch spade bit to drill each hole. Next, paint all sides of each shelf the color of your choice. We used one coat of black milk paint.
Editor’s Tip: While drilling, place a scrap piece of wood underneath your shelves to prevent tear-out.
Step 2. Paint the boards
Then I was ready to paint! Using a mini roller brush worked the best for painting the shelves.
Step 3: Thread the Rope
Use heavy-duty scissors to cut the rope into two (12-foot) lengths, and wrap one end of each piece with masking tape to make the threading easier. Place the boards together on their sides with the holes lining up. Starting with the bottom board, thread the rope through the bottom right hole of each board. Leave 4 feet of rope at the top, and then thread it back through the bottom left corner of each board. Repeat with the second piece of rope and the top set of holes. Adjust the bottom board so that there is at least 2 feet of rope below it at each corner. Knot each end, fray the edge, and cut any excess.
Step 4: Set and Secure the Shelves
Space your shelves evenly — the ones shown are 8 inches apart. To keep shelves in place, insert the dowel pieces through the twist of the rope at each corner under every board.
Editor’s Tip: Once each dowel piece is in place, you can just twist it up and down for fine adjustment.
Step 5: Use a Plant Hook
Hang your shelves on an inverted plant hook that is properly secured with a wall anchor and screw. The wide crook of the hook will easily accommodate the width of both pieces of rope.
Step 6: Accessorize
Accessorize your shelves with a pretty collection or display. Take your family heirlooms out of the closet, and put them center stage.
Step 7: Make It Yours
Another Idea: In a powder room, these shelves make a pretty place to keep extra towels and toiletries so they are easily accessible to guests.