Monday, August 6, 2012

Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Shelving - Reveal

Patience.  Not a word I would use to describe myself when it comes to projects.  
My husband would agree.  :)
Remember this wood I showed you last week?  
Imagine my surprise when I cut into it and realized it was pure gorgeous walnut.


Well, my hubby and middle son went out of town this past weekend for a sports event and I decided I was going to get to work on the project I had in mind while they were away 
so I could surprise him when they returned.  The walnut discovery had me so excited,
I just couldn't wait to get started.
Silly me thought it would be something I could easily tackle myself.
Wrong.


While I show you pictures of the finished project, you should know that getting to that point was somewhat of a nightmare.

For starters, I couldn't get the previous cabinet off the wall.  So, I had to call in a neighbor to help out with that after I fell off the counter.  Because the wood is so extremely heavy,
I really had no idea what kind of brackets to use.

My lack of bracket knowledge caused 3 trips to Lowe's in one day buying and returning various brackets of different sizes and weights.  Not to mention, attaching them to the wood thinking they would work and then removing them when I realized they wouldn't.  Attaching and removing, attaching and removing.


When I finally decided on the track system with brackets, only because of the amount of weight it could hold, I couldn't get them screwed into the studs.  It wasn't that I couldn't find the studs, I could thanks to the previous cabinet.  It was that I wasn't strong enough and happen to have a bad habit, to which my hubby can attest, of stripping screws when I have difficulty getting them into studs.  And because of my precarious position of standing on a countertop, I simply couldn't get a good grip.


But, I was determined.   And I really wanted to have it finished before my hubby and son got home.  They had had a lot of car trouble in desert heat while traveling 5 hours and the last thing I wanted was for him to have to come home to fix what I started.
And Sunday was my first born's 20th birthday.
 I wanted to get it finished so I could concentrate on making his day special.


I finished up around 2 a.m. the morning my family was supposed to return and just in time for my oldest son's birthday celebration.  The look on their faces and the "wow" and big smile that came out of my hubby's mouth made all of the frustration totally worth it.


This is definitely a two person job.   And I did have a little helper.  Our youngest, who made me laugh every time I wanted to toss the shelves into the trash.  :)

I love these shelves.  My family loves these shelves.  
Would I do this project again?
No.  :)


But that's because I got in a rush, thought I could do it fast and without any help.
Boy was I wrong.
Live and learn, right?  :)

For those wondering, the paint on the walls is called Light Gray by Farrow and Ball.


All frustrations aside, I am so happy with how it turned out and
how they are a nice accent to the barn wood center island table. 


Have a great day!

Diana

65 comments:

  1. It looks amazing! Love your kitchen, and that wall colour is divine.
    Hope your son had a great birthday

    ReplyDelete
  2. I would say they are gorgeous and well worth the effort - but that's because I wasn't the one who put forth all the effort - so I will just say, gorgeous!

    Your entire kitchen is inspirational.

    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  3. The shelves turned out beautiful Diana, despite all the frustration you had with them. All your special touches truly make your house a home.

    xoxo,
    Judy

    ReplyDelete
  4. YOU GO GIRL!!!! You tried and you conquered... They look fantastic.

    ReplyDelete
  5. These are stunning. You should be so proud. It sure is frustrating when things don't go the way we want during a project, but the end result here is fab. Great job.

    ReplyDelete
  6. OH boy... I know the feeling... wanting to do the project all by myself and finishing in time! Its gorgeous... really love the shelves... and the whole kitchen.... so pretty and warm.... i love those bamboo shades... may i ask where do you get them.. and if you close them every night.... i have them in my kitchen/family room. i used to draw them down every night but it wasnt made to last... i paid a lot money for them from country curtains... yet am so disappointed in their mechanism. i love having it open.....but we need some privacy. Again... love your kitchen and wished I had your guts!!!

    Cindy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Cindy! We bought our blinds at Lowes and I do close them every night. So far, crossing my fingers, they have worked fine with all the opening and closing. I'm like you, I have to have privacy at night. Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
    2. I have the same problem, Cindy. I have bamboo shades from Lowe's in my bedroom. I like to open them in the day and close them at night for privacy. I've had to replace one of them twice already because the mechanism broke from opening and closing so often. So far Lowe's has been great about replacing them but I'm not sure how many times they'll do that-lol.

      Delete
  7. Diana, you continue to amaze me with your ideas, knowledge and fortitude! I am keeping an idea file titled "if Diana can do it I can do it!" My husband and I are looking for a project house and I hope to use your ideas for inspiration. Once again I love the things you create.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I've been in that same position many times myself (one of those "have to do it right now" gals) and can almost feel your frustration. But the end result was SO worth all the doing and undoing to get it right. Your shelves look fabulous!!!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Beautiful. I want to do the same but my studs are not centered / spaced proportionately to my future shelves. Suggestions?
    Thanks
    dana

    ReplyDelete
  10. Gorgeous! I'm definitely one to jump in and try to get it finished so the man doesn't have to help me finish it up. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. :-) Great job!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Beautiful! And walnut - what a score! Glad you stuck with it and finished - the results are stunning. (I always seem to be in that predicament - my husband just shakes his head) :) Again, wow, they are beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  12. They look great!! You'll appreciate all your hard work even more every time someone comes over and says how awesome they look! There the gift that's going to keep on giving.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Aw honey don't feel that way! Now that you've actually done it, you know how to do it best the next time around! Besides, we learn way more from making mistakes than we ever do from getting it right the first time around.

    Love your shelves! They are superb!!!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Absolutely beautiful! My husband is kicking himself right now because he missed out on free barn timbers on craigslist over the weekend--we want to do something similar...

    ReplyDelete
  15. What a beautiful kitchen! I love the walnut shelves, turned out fabulous, great job!!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Gorgeous and worth it! Even though it was one of "those" projects, your insight will benefit others and it's staged to perfection. Love your blog & your kitchen

    Kathy

    ReplyDelete
  17. It might have been a PITA during the process but the outcome sure looks great. :)

    xoxo,
    Melissa

    ReplyDelete
  18. I love your kitchen! Sweet shelves. The wall color is perfect.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Your blog has inspired our kitchen remodel which we plan to start very soon. Where did you get those large glass canisters under your new shelves? I've been looking for something similar with no luck.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, the glass canisters came from Target. And they are very reasonably priced. :)

      Delete
  20. Diana - I LOVE those! They turned out beautifully just like I knew they would as soon as you mentioned the project!!!!
    xo
    Shannon

    ReplyDelete
  21. OH it did turn out wonderfully...all of your hard work paid off! What a beautiful kitchen you have!

    ReplyDelete
  22. It looks FABULOUS!!!!!! All that hard work paid off!! And...I love what you put on the shelves! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  23. Love, love, love! I compare these types of projects to childbirth....it can be a painful process and you swear never again, but you forget all that once you see your reward.

    ReplyDelete
  24. You are totally my kinda gal!!! Beautifully done! Where did you find that gorgeous wood my friend? And are you for sure those track brackets will hold over time and that wood looks so heavy?? Wow I have some definite wood shelf ENVY,lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Deidre, the track system I used has a weight capacity of 500 lbs, so I'm thinking it will hold everything just fine. :) Fingers crossed. :) thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  25. Yep, just like you i jump into stuff..and then have to figure out how to do it! Looks lovely with the rest of the kitchen.

    ReplyDelete
  26. What type of brackets did you end up using?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. HI! I used a track system that attaches to the studs and then has metal slide in brackets that go with it. It was the only thing I could find that had a huge weight capacity of around 500 lbs. :) It cost me around $30.

      Delete
  27. Diana the Walnut shelves you made are awesome! I love them. I have a set of your bread boards, now if you ever do make more of those shelves I want some! They are beautiful! lin lbprich@bellsouth.net

    ReplyDelete
  28. They look fabulous, there is no way I would do something like that- well done. I am amazed at the returns policies in the US, there is no way they would take something back in Australia if you had already tried it unless it was faulty.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Deanne, thanks! Just to clarify, I didn't return the brackets that I tried out. I only returned the 4 others that I bought for the rest of the shelves that hadn't been used. :) I'm not sure they would have taken back previously used brackets either. Thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  29. Diana,
    You are allot like me.Once I get something in my head I have to get it done.It was allot of work but the results look amazing!!! LOVE those shelves.You go girl!
    xx
    Anne

    ReplyDelete
  30. The shelves are gorgeous! No doubt about that, but are you ok after falling off that counter?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You're so sweet, Jessica! Yes, just sore, but I'm good! :) Thanks for asking!

      Delete
  31. Sorry it was such a fusterating project for you, but they look absolutely amazing!!! I just love the gorgeous wood!! Happy Birthday to your son! :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. I just had to laugh at your story; that has happened to me more times than I would like to admit! The shelves are amazing and you did a wonderful job, thank you for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  33. They turned out even more beautiful than your inspiration pictures. I hope that you didn't fall too hard. It is going to be tough to beat that project in a lot of ways. :). I hope that you have a wonderful week. Love to you, sweet friend of mine!!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  34. I love it! My husband brought home a trailer load of old wood from an old warehouse the other day. We plan to build a storage building with it but I will be sneaking out some for my house projects:) I can't wait to see what I can do with...but you've given my inspiration:)

    Cheryl

    ReplyDelete
  35. I'm sorry to hear they were such a pain, but man are they gorgeous! Give it a few days, and I think you'll agree it was totally worth it :)

    ReplyDelete
  36. They are GORGEOUS and you are AMAZING! And congrats to your boy for his 20th. I have 2 boys of my own (growing too fast), and they completely have my heart :)

    And here's a quirky tidbit: Since finding your blog, I go to bed almost every night wondering, "how would Diana do it?" Hahaha! I'm trying to redo my decorating and I think you have given me the best ideas that match my style. Thank you, and I hope that's not too creepy LOL!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Kelly! And no, I don't think that's creepy at all! LOL! I've done that before too with designers who's taste I admire. :)

      Delete
  37. Diana, I just recently started reading your blog and you so inspire me!
    I love,love,love the shelves! They are beautiful! Sorry they gave you such a hard time,but in the end you won.


    Terry

    ReplyDelete
  38. Hi Diana. Like a few more peeps lately, I've been a little involved (obsessed) with your blog since I found it a few days ago. I've been giving thanks that I have a job where I can steal away to dreamland. My stealing away has been a little excessive..enough to say I've read just about your whole blog and have sent your link to several of my friends. So which brings me to a question (and possibly a great idea!!) Would someone like you (and I say that with the upmost respect and admiration) gives suggestions to someone like me (that has no idea how to decorate but has a home with good possibilities) I even have a great name for it! Take This House. Since you seem to have every inch of your home looking amazing you could take someone else's home (MINE! MINE!) and "direct" from miles away and do what you do! I have multiple saws, old lumber, sewing machine, hot glue gun. I'm ready and willing! Think about it...sleep on it...and let me know. *smile* (with fingers crossed) Can send pics and references.
    p.s. Love your blog btw (in case you couldn't tell)

    ReplyDelete
  39. The shelves turned out great! Isn't it funny that the worst projects to work on are always the ones you end up being the most proud of? I can't believe you took that on on your own! I imagine your arms felt sore? Alex is going out of town for a couple days this weekend, I'm debating what kind of trouble/projects I should dig into while he is gone, hehe! Great project thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Found your blog a couple of months ago and find that my style clicks with lots of your ideas...these shelves hit the mark perfectly! Beautiful! I have been wanting to put a shelf up on a bare wall above our side counter/island since we moved in a couple of months ago. I've been searching a brainstorming ideas and your strenuous project is the epitome of my vision. Thanks so much for sharing the completed picture so that my "shelf dream" can be realized...but now to find the wood. Thanks Diana! You have an incredibly lovely home!

    ReplyDelete
  41. I love these shelves! We're upgrading our kitchen this fall and now I have to add something like this to our plans. Thank you for the inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  42. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  43. Kitchen utensils are now days made from wood. Bone china is now a day’s becoming an old fashion. Many utensils such as plate’s cup etc. are coming in the wood. Yes they are expensive but it’s uncommon so people buy it.

    Reclaimed Wood

    ReplyDelete
  44. The shelves look great!
    Your home is beautiful!

    Where did you get your blinds you have in the kitchen?

    ReplyDelete
  45. I have to say - I am blissfully in love with your kitchen. I have reclaimed wood in the rafters of my garage that I'm planning on doing a very similar project with - just one big long shelf on a long, awkward wall in our kitchen. If I could convince my hubs that we need open shelving in our kitchen (which we absolutely do) then we would be doing something very similar. Love love love it!

    ReplyDelete
  46. I love your kitchen! I'm just starting a remodel of mine. Could you kindly share your paint colour?

    ReplyDelete
  47. I was wondering if you did anything to the wood after you got it? Did you sand it or stain it or add a finish to it in any way, or just leave it raw? Thank you so much for your inspiration, it is beautiful!!!

    ReplyDelete
  48. I was wondering if you sanded or did a finish to the wood after you got it from your friend? It's beautiful, thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete

Thank you so much for taking the time to comment today! I read every one and they always put a smile on my face! Thanks for stopping by!