Hey all!  As you know I have been slowly working on updating my farmhouse style dining room to a more modern/farmhouse style.  I have already updated my “Brick  Wall”  and created  a gorgeous new piece of wall art. While I LOVED my  Pottery Barn inspired cubbies,  (Seen Below) I was ready to change it up a bit.  So today I am teaming up with the good folks over at DAP to bring you  another AWESOME new build. 

When designing my new shelving, I decided to draw inspiration from two different shelving units I designed a while back.   The first being  this little “Concrete Tray Shelving”….

 The other source of inspiration was my Simpson Strong-Tie Shelves. 

By combing these two designs, I have come up with what might possibly be my favorite design ever…

So,  let’s get started?  Today on the blog I am taking you through  the build in a step-by-step tutorial of how I created this piece.  If you want to build it yourself  you can get the PDF printable version that includes a complete cut list, full build plans with 3-D drawings.   You can  get them here:

Step. 1)  Prep Materials

Cut all boards per cut list.  Sand all pieces if desired.


Step. 2) Attach Horizontal Supports to Vertical Base

Using a tape measure mark the placement of the horizontal shelf support.



Next add a small amount of DAP Wood Glue to the end of the horizontal shelf support, and place (and clamp if desired)  where previously measured/marked.  In order to attach these,  I first pre-drilled using a 1/8” drill bit, and a counter sink bit.  Once pre-drilled, secured the support to the vertical piece using a 2 ½” screw.

Repeat above process x3 on each vertical board,  for a TOTAL of (9) shelf supports.

Step. 3)  Attach Diagonal Supports

Next  attach all diagonal supports.  Measure  and mark with a pencil ¾” from the end of the horizontal support.  This will be where the point of your diagonal support will need to be secured.

Add a small amount of DAP Wood Glue to the inside of the diagonal support and lay in place,  making sure the 45 degree angle sits flush with the top of the horizontal support and with the back of the vertical piece.


Once in place, reinforce with a 1 ½ “ 18 gauge nail.

Repeat the same step on both sides of each horizontal support for a total of (18) diagonal supports.


Step. 4)  Build Shelves

The ¾” plywood will serve as the actual shelf.  The 1”x 2” boards will serve as an edging that will bulk up the look of the shelf and create stability.




Per the cut list use the 1” x 2” boards to wrap around the front and the sides of the plywood. When attaching these pieces I used both DAP Wood Glue and DAP Rapid fuse for an instant bond. I then tacked it in place using 1 ½” 16 gauge nails.


Step. 5)  Finish

Once the shelf supports and shelves are complete, prepare them for a finish of your choice.   Begin by filling all the nail holes with DAP Plastic Wood Nail filler. (It is both stainable and paintable.)  Once the filler has adequately dried remove all excess filler by sanding it smooth.

Once sanded, apply your choice of stain and/or paint.


Bracket Open Shelving


Step. 6) Install

To attach my supports to the wall, I used a counter sink bit, and a 1/8” drill bit to pre-drill.   I did this at both the top, bottom and the middle of EACH vertical bracket. For a total of 3  4” screws in EACH board.

I designed these shelves so that the vertical base/supports would be secured on my wall into studs. Stud placement in my interior walls is 24”. It is important that if these will be holding any significant amount of weight that they be properly secured!

Once pre-drilled, install to the desired wall.  Make sure you mark the placement of your studs, and use a level and tape meaure to make sure they are all level and equal distant.

Once the supports are properly  secured to the wall/into studs,  add the shelves.

To attach the shelves to the  supports I again,  pre-drilled at the back of the shelving and used a 2” screw to attached the horizontal shelves the the brackets.  I found the (1)  screw in each bracket worked well,  but adding a second to each wouldn’t hurt.

 There you have it folks!  The perfect solution for a blank wall space. It is a fun new twist on the widely  loved open shelving concept.  Thanks so much for following along, don’t forget you can get all the

build plan details here

Take Luck,