DIY Display Shelves for Under $15

Shelves can get expensive; but, they’re one of the easiest things to do yourself. Here’s a simple guide to affordable display shelves you can create in an afternoon.

I was ready for some new shelves in our living room but not ready to spend a ton of money to get the look I wanted. For less than $15 and in under an hour, these display shelves were ready to hold some of my favorite knick knacks!

DIY Display Shelves for Under $15I started by deciding I wanted 6 inch by 6 inch shelves for this narrow strip of wall between our front door and front window. I went to Home Depot – right next door, which is kind of dangerous – and picked out a 1 inch by 6 inch board that was 48 inches in length. A helpful employee cut the board into 6 inch lengths.

Easy DIY Display ShelvesI lightly sanded the ends and sides of the boards before applying several coats of watered down white craft paint to give the boards a white washed look.

Easy DIY Display Shelves

After a quick dry, it was time to attached the braces to mount the shelves.
Easy DIY Display ShelvesI picked simple brass “L” braces for the small white shelves. The braces are affordable (under $5 for a pack of four) and were perfect for this project.

I attached each brace to the bottom of the shelf before positioning them and mounting them to the wall.

Easy DIY Display Shelves

I played around with several layouts before finalizing how the shelves ended up. I tried two columns of four shelves each, three rows with 3/2/3 shelves, and a random look. I decided I liked this staggered “arrowhead” look the most.

Easy DIY Shelves under $15I leveled the top of each shelf with the bottom of the brace of the shelf before it and then added fun decor pieces to each shelf.

The shelves can’t hold a ton of weight – maybe a pound or two each – and that’s fine. They’re perfect for what we were looking for.

I picked up a small ceramic planter from Anthropolgie and filled it with a small plant from Home Depot (I trade that planter out from time-to-time with a small glass jar filled with a succulent). Eric and I found the funky glass piece on the next shelf from Anthropologie. The round piece is from The ScreenDoor – one of my favorite places to shop in Asheville. The brass partridge belonged to my grandmother. The little white planter with the boxwood is from Target (and it’s totally fake). The lower shelves hold a fun, fake coral from Target, a small glass vase from a yard sale with a felt flower stalk from JoAnn, and a brass lantern from Target.

DIY Display Shelves for Under $15

I love how the shelves turned out!

They’re perfect for smaller pieces and have a clean, minimal look that doesn’t distract from the interesting items displayed on them.

Easy DIY Shelves under $15 Before and AfterWhat a great project for under $15 and a little bit of time on a Saturday afternoon.

Until Next Time,


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