Wall Shelves– Free Craft

by Emily Steers on 05/23/2011

I guess this is one of your cases that you have to know the right people, but believe it or not, we put up shelves this weekend that actually cost us nothing.

It’s the empty corner in our bedroom, that we couldn’t figure out what to do with.

Before:

How blah.

All we had to do?

Chat up the wine guy at a local grocery store.  The expensive bottles are shipped in wooden crates.  And just by asking nicely, I got a nice stack of boxes!

They’re well made, constructed of pine and flat-head nails.

By removing any shipping labels, industrial staples, and any schmutz, these painted up really nicely.

Tomorrow, I’ll tell you how!

What was your latest cheap or free makeover?

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liz @ btb May 23, 2011 at 7:09 PM

They look so artsy! Nice arrangement.

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emily May 24, 2011 at 1:18 PM

many thanks! of course, i wanted an arrangement that was really hard to install… david just wanted them one on top of the other but noooooo.

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Kim@NewlyWoodwards May 23, 2011 at 8:34 PM

This is soooo cool! You know I wanna ask our grocer about this now!!! I even like it with the labels.

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emily May 24, 2011 at 1:18 PM

some of the boxes have burnished logos on them– they look awesome with the paint. i’ll upload some better detail shots tomorrow!

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Tanya from Dans le Townhouse May 23, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Looks great! Love the random (looking) arrangement.

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emily May 24, 2011 at 1:17 PM

hehe– that was a tactic to cover up as much of that dead corner as we could!

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Rosieq May 23, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Those look so cool! I had read about using old drawers for this, but I was worried that they would be so heavy on the wall. Wine boxes is a brilliant idea.

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emily May 24, 2011 at 1:17 PM

i saw a drawers idea on apartment therapy, i think and wondered how they got them to stay up! talk about needing heavy-duty wall anchors. we anchored ours, just because of the threat of earthquakes!

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Laura May 24, 2011 at 6:06 AM

Great job, very innovative. If they were big enough they’d be cute as little stools too. Please stop by http://www.laughloveandcraft.com and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party!

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emily May 24, 2011 at 1:16 PM

that would be cool! i will hop by tomorrow!

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Sarah May 24, 2011 at 11:39 AM

I did this in college with a row of wooden cigar boxes. wasn’t very practical, but it looked cool. wine boxes though, now you’re talking! love this idea.

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mom May 24, 2011 at 3:12 PM

not only do they look great but those morning glories are incredible

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cassie May 24, 2011 at 4:50 PM

that looks so cool! what an eclectic way to have display space!

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emily May 24, 2011 at 8:18 PM

now i have to go shopping for knick knacks

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Ada May 24, 2011 at 5:06 PM

I love it! It’s so clever and it’s a great up-cycled project!

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emily May 24, 2011 at 8:17 PM

thank you so much! i knew they were pretty, and i had to get them in my house.

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Sues May 24, 2011 at 6:22 PM

What an amazing idea!! The shelves look totally amazing!!! I’m super impressed :)

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emily May 24, 2011 at 8:17 PM

thanks! i can’t wait to get it styled :-)

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Sinea Pies May 24, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Can’t wait to SEE it styled! I know it’s going to look awesome.

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emily May 25, 2011 at 10:21 AM

getting happy purchasing knick knacks… thanks, etsy! :-)

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Upscale Downhome May 25, 2011 at 7:35 AM

I love the creative arrangement–much for interesting than just stacked. Upcycling at its best! I’ve emailed you a couple of times. Have you received them?

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emily May 25, 2011 at 10:15 AM

i have! things have just been nutty at work– i would love to do a guest post for you :-)

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Polish Mom Photographer May 26, 2011 at 1:30 PM

That’s an awesome project!!! a keeper!!!

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emily May 26, 2011 at 3:01 PM

thanks! i’m so happy it didn’t cost anything… we don’t have a huge reno and decor budget right now!

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Tracy Clark December 13, 2011 at 11:35 AM

I did this in college with a row of wooden cigar boxes. hehe– that was a tactic to cover up as much of that dead corner as we could! You know I wanna ask our grocer about this now!!!

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Ida Pugh March 10, 2013 at 1:41 AM

i saw a drawers idea on apartment therapy, i think and wondered how they got them to stay up! Those look so cool! that looks so cool!

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