Friday, July 22, 2011

Barn Door Shelf {DIY}

I had an empty space above our bed in the Master bedroom that was driving me CRAZY ever since we moved in.
I ADORE our vaulted ceilings, but they can be a pain to decorate!
 So when I saw this tutorial, I knew I had to make one!... or rather have my husband make me one :)
Thankfully he had just gotten a new saw for christmas, so he was more than happy to test it out on my project! He also was able to find me the barn wood, and has a ton of screws in the garage... so bonus!
This project was FREE!
You will need:
4 wood boards (8x1 - 47in long)
3 2x4's 3ft long
LONG screws
Wooden board 1x10x47 (for the shelf)
Now to be totally honest, my husband did most of this. But it's pretty self explanitory! All he did, after cutting the boards is screw them all into the 2x4's from the back. Then he cut the middle 2x4 on angles at the ends to make it fit between them. Then he attatched the shelf to the bottom! 
When he was all done putting it together, I sprayed the entire thing with Rusoleum 2x Coverage in Antique White. It took a few coats, and I have to tell you that REAL barn wood does not paint easily. I was okay with that because I wanted it to look rally worn, but if you want a cleaner look, I would go with new wood. After drying, I stained it with a dark stain, and let it dry again. One last step I promise! All I did was run my sander over the whole thing a few times to get that fresh paint look off, and I was DONE! I am warning you, these things are HEAVY! And a pain to hang! If you pay attention you can see that our screws arent in all the way because by the time he had screwed all the holes and started to hang it, our drill didnt have much power left! Just another thing for the to do list :)

I LOVE how it turned out!

26 comments:

Miranda @ Life in the Motherhood said...

So cute!!! I wish I had taller ceilings so I could do things like this. We're in a short (as in 6-8 inches above our heads) basement apartment right now. One day... :)

Michelle said...

It turned out great and i love the surrounding decor. Great color scheme. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

Mindy said...

love this! *and i think i'm gonna steal your quote "i love us" :)

Lindsay said...

You are have a great blog here! I just linked up a few of my projects! And I am also following you, yay!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, by the way!

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Emily said...

I love the whole country vibe from the shelf. It really is beautiful with all the lovin' on it.

Carrie said...

This is great and so creative. Looks beautiful and romantic for the bedroom.

Janet said...

I love this, especially the colors you used! Great job. :)

Deebi27 said...

What a lovely space to show how much you love your sweetheart!

Cozy Home Scenes said...

I love the door, but especially the accessories because what you picked highlights the shelf so well. Thanks for sharing how to make one.

MaryBerry Boutique said...

now this is SOOOO pretty! I want one!:) Im featuring this project on my blog come check it out!:)
im your newest follower:)
http://maryberryboutique.blogspot.com/
Mary

Jen said...

Oh, wow! I just love the barn door up there, it really makes your whole shelf pop! I'd love for you to come pop by my blog sometime, www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

Pamela said...

Looks fab! W have vaulted ceilings in our master as well. I may just have to try this!

Maggie said...

looks fabulous...
I'm inviting you to add this to our linking party at
http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/07/american-pickers-with-linking-party.html
Have a great weekend,
Maggie

HI THERE! said...

Such a gorgeous display!! I really like the little "I love us" sign too. Pinning it!
Jenn :)
P.S. If you get a chance I am hosting my first link party tonight and would love it if you could link this up!
http://cleanandscentsible.blogspot.com

Ellie said...

I love it! Great way to use the extra space.

Mindie Hilton said...

I love how it turned out too! Going to feature this on Friday at Bacon Time, thanks for linking.

Abby said...

So pretty! I love that block that says "I love us"....that is too cute!

Stacy said...

I LOVE this! So well put together :)

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

What a neat idea! I love how you've decorated it. This looks pretty simple to but together... bonus! Also love that it's real barn wood :)

Alison@Oopsey Daisy said...

I LOVE this!! Just featured it on my blog today...

http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2011/07/wednesdays-wowzers-join-me-on-pinterest.html

Thanks for inspiring!

Camille said...

This is seriously so cute!!! I love everything about it! It will be featured on our blog tomorrow, so feel free to stop by and grab a button! Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We are so grateful for your support and we hope that you will be back tomorrow to share more great ideas!
Camille @
SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com
PS I am your newest follower! :)

yellowlilax said...

Ok, I'm so clueless and I just have to do this project. What stain did you use? And where did you get that "I love us" sign? I HAVE to have it. I always say that to my husband "I love us." Thanks darlin!

lauryn said...

this is fantastic. i love it
i would love for you to link this or any other fun post up to flashback fridays.
flashback friday is a new link party i started for bloggers to link up old posts, vintage finds, pretty much anything that comes to mind with the word flash back!
you can check it out here:
http://lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com/2011/09/introducingflashback-fridays.html

{love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

Brie said...

Love it! I'm pinning it and hoping to do this sometime! :)

I'm a new follower too! Love your blog! :) Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

Jassica Mody said...

you have a lot of interesting ideas and i love your pretty tastes always, my blog at Curtain designs


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