DIY Kitchen Shelves

I am so excited to show you how you can easily add shelves to any area in your home. This is a super easy and quick DIY! Watch us transform this award space in our kitchen area.

Kitchen Area Before Photo

Since we moved into our forever home, this awkward space in our kitchen has drove me nuts. I was not sure what the purpose of this space was. It literally served no purpose, so I figured why not add some shelves, and give it one.

Materials for shelves


  • Drill
  • Wood (We used 2-22″ x 5″)
  • 2 Wood Blocks per shelve 1″ x 5″
  • Screws
  • 2′ x 4′ (Measure your Height)

Choose Your Wood

I decided to use Maple wood, since our butcher block countertops and dining room table were all Maple. So we took a trip to a local wood mill and got an 8′ piece of Maple. We have a planer so it was cheaper for us to do it this route. You can check your local hardware store and see if they have precut wood that works for your space.

maple wood
Maple Shelve

Home Depot and Lowe’s will cut a board down for you. So if your needing multiple shelves I would recommend having them cut down from a larger board this will keep your costs down.

wood Blocks
Wood Block

We cut two 1″ x 5″ wood blocks for each shelve to sit on. This is just a simple way to avoid using brackets. We drilled two small holes in each block. This will make it easier when you screw them into the wall.

Step #1: Measuring Height

Shelve Prep Measure

You want to decide how far apart you want your shelves. A simple trick is to cut down a 2′ x 4′ the height you want in between your shelves. This will ensure you get the same height on both sides. Place your wood block on top of the 2′ x 4′. This also keeps the block in place, while you drill screws into the wall.

Step #2: Screw Block into Wall

Screw Shelves Down

At this point you want to use the 2′ x 4′ to hold your wood block in place, while you screw it into the wall.

Step #3: Screw Both Sides

screw both sides

Make sure you use two screws and do both sides of the block and remove the 2′ x 4′.

Step #4: Mirror Steps

Move Block

Now do the other side of the wall. You want to mirror exactly the same thing you did in Step #3.

Step #5: Place Your Shelf

Shelf one done
Shelf #1 Done!

Now you can put your first piece of wood down on top of the blocks. If your piece of wood fits snug then there will be no need to screw or glue the shelf down.

Step #6: Second Shelf

repeat steps

Repeat Steps #2-4 to add your next shelf. You will do this for as many shelves as you want to add to your space. By using the same 2′ x 4′ you will ensure the shelves are all an equal height.

screw second shelf down
finish screwing shelves

Step #7: Place Second Shelf

Place second Shelf

Our top shelf was a bit snug so we had to hammer it into place. One thing we have learned with our fixer upper is nothing is even. Sometimes we have to finesse things into place.

second shelf is in

Step #8: Screw in Place

screw shelves snug

The top shelf was very snug, and the bottom shelf needed some extra anchoring. So we placed another screw through the shelf into the wood block to ensure it stays in place.

The After: Finished Project

finished shelving project
decorate shelving

This project was so much fun. These shelves really brighten this space, and allow me to change out decor for the seasons. Now this space has some character, and serves a purpose. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

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  1. Rachel says:

    Clever idea Wendy.

  2. Toni Brewer says:

    I’m wondering if that was a telephone nook. The house I grew up in had a spot just like that between the kitchen and hall and a telephone was sitting on that ledge. The cord was long enough to pick up that phone and carry it into a bedroom or to carry it over to the kitchen table so you could sit while you talked.

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