How To Make Simple Decorative Shelves The Easy Way

Easy DIY Decorative Shelves
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I’ve had these wooden boxes just hanging out in my garage for a few months now. I don’t know what I was waiting on. It didn’t dawn on me until I started looking for decorative shelves for my office that these would make perfect shelving modules. And I was right! This makeover/repurpose rates a 10 on my top easiest DIY projects list. It was ridiculously easy.

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DIY Decorative Shelves

I found these wooden boxes a few months ago and I don't know why it took so long to figure out they would make great decorative shelves. A few weeks ago I decided that the office that Mr. Honey Do and I shared was getting a tab bit tight. And it didn’t help that I was always trying to redecorate HIS space. He’s NOT a fan of my decor! Basically I got kicked out. HA!

I have a large room above my Furniture Studio that hasn’t really ever been used to its full potential. I planned on using it for storage when we built it, but the stairs changed my mind really quickly.

So, the process of transforming it has begun. An office always needs decorative shelves, right? We creatives are inspired by pretty things, therefore I MUST have a pretty space to work in. *cheesy grin*

All the supplies that you will need to complete this project are listed below.

Before staining the wood, I filled all the holes with wood filler and allowed it to dry. If you don’t have holes, skip this step. Then I sanded the whole box with my Orbital Sander with a 220 grit sandpaper. Be sure to wipe all the dust off before staining. I used a wet paper towel. Quick and simple.

I used General Finishes Walnut water based stain to give my decorative shelves a rich warm color. With the cheesecloth, I applied the Dark Walnut Stain to the wood and allowed it to fully dry. Not all stains are water-based, but since I’m using a water-based topcoat, it’s a must. Oil and water don’t mix and you run the risk of your finish failing. The general rule is water on water and oil on oil. Of course, there are exceptions to every rule.

Sealing The Wood After Staining

I use Minwax polycrylic over water based stains to seal my decorative shelves.Minwax Polycrylic topcoat is my go-to on an easy DIY project like this one. I simply applied one coat to the decorative shelves with a “disposable” chip brush. Seriously, these brushes are a one time use for me. I hate cleaning brushes.

After the shelves had dried, they were ready to be hung. I used a heavy-duty picture hanger and screwed them to the back of the decorative shelves for hanging on the wall.

I applied a thin coat of the polycrylic to seal the water based stain on my decorative shelves.

Fill With Your Favorite Decor


DIY wooden shelves the easy way!I made these DIY Decorative Shelves out of old wooden boxes. They were super easy to make. Instant storage for my pretties in the office. Thanks for joining me for this simple budget-friendly projects. They turned out super cute! Got wooden boxes? Make DIY decorate shelves for just pennies.

Until the next project…