Over the years I have accumulated cake stands and serving platters that just do not fit anywhere in my kitchen. For the longest time I had my Pampered Chef service tiers either on the floor in my pantry (which is so small to begin with) or on the counter in the kitchen (which took up way too much valuable countertop space). I started looking for a china cabinet with hutch to store all my special pieces but could not find one that was not too bulky or simply one that I liked.
I was looking for something particular and I was scouring Craigslist and consignment shops looking for the “it” piece but it has proven elusive. So what did I do to help me with my search for inspiration? I turned to Pinterest of course! I looked for all kinds of shelving ideas that would work for the space I had in mind. I had pinned some shelves that I saw and kept coming back to them. I found them on the website, Shanty 2 Chic. The picture had them being used in a bathroom for extra storage but I wanted them for my dining room. So I showed them to my husband (my master carpenter) and he said it was doable. So the next day he and I went to Lowe’s and got the materials needed.
We printed the cut list and made adjustments for the size of wall that they would be used on. The plans had them shorter and an 8″ depth. I wanted them to be longer and we used a 10″ depth. After making the changes Mike set out to making my shelves.
Once he made the cuts, he pre-drilled the holes and built the frame before bringing them inside and mounting them on the wall. I must say, by doing all these little projects we have come to realize that our walls are not straight, so we have had to make adjustments for these little quirks (so much for new construction homes).
After Mike finished and got them mounted I was really excited because my part was the fun part. I got to sand and stain the shelves! I wanted a darker stain because we are having a farmhouse table built with a dark walnut stain so I wanted it to match. I used Minwax Stain in Dark Walnut and I used two coats. Once the stain was dry, I used Minwax clear water based polycrylic to seal the shelves. I used two coats and sanded with a 200 grit paper in between.
Now, I have these really pretty shelves that I can display my serving platters and cake stands on. I am working on my buffet table right now that will serve as a base to the shelves.
Items used –
Minwax Stain in Dark Walnut
Minwax Clear Polycrylic
Scotch Painters Tape
Sander (160 paper & 200 grit paper)
Pine wood & Hard plywood (as indicated in the Shanty 2 Chic plans)