Built-in Kitchen Wall Shelf

These built-in shelves have the elegance of fine furniture with open storage and a rod for hanging pots and pans.

The materials list provides enough to build a single 8-foot [2.44 m] shelf with rods for hanging S-hooks. To build the pair of shelves shown, double all of the supplies, except for the dowels and paint. All of these parts are customizable to match your wall length. The corbels can be installed up to 27 inches [68.58 cm] centre to centre. The shelf is 9 inches [22.86 cm] longer than the outside dimensions of the corbels after they are installed on your wall. Measure your wall and adjust the plans to fit your space.

 

Prepare the Parts

Step 1: Sand and apply the first coat of paint to the corbels, dowels, shelves, and trim.

Step 2: Mark the locations of the holes to receive the dowels on the corbels (Project Diagram, Drawings 1 and 2). Mark your drill bit with a tape flag 1/2 inch [1.27 cm] from the cutting edges, and then drill a 1/2-inch-deep [1.27 cm] hole for the corbels to receive the dowels.

Step 3: Cut the shelf to the finished length. Mitre-cut a strip of panel molding 2 inches [5.08 cm] longer than the edge to which it will be applied. Cut a mitre on one end, then put the part in position and mark the second cut. Trim the edging to length and then adhere the trim in position with a paintable caulk/adhesive and secure with wire brads.

Good to Know: Instead of trying to get the mitre right on the first try (and risk cutting too short), cut it slightly oversize and gradually trim small amounts until the fit is exact.

Step 4: Now cut the front trim 2 inches [5.08 cm] longer than needed and cut a mitre to go against the first mitre cut. Clamp the part in position against the previously installed trim and mark the front trim for the mitre on the other end of the shelf.

Step 5: Apply a paintable caulk/adhesive to the joint and use painter’s tape to secure the trim as you align and nail the trim in position. Wipe the excess adhesive from the parts.

Step 6: Repeat the process for the remaining end trim and fill any nail holes with putty. After it dries, sand the shelf and trim, and wipe it clean. Apply one more coat of paint to the shelf, corbels, and dowels.

 

Header Hang the Shelf

Step 1: Use a level to mark a level line on your wall at the shelf-top location using painter’s tape. Use a stud finder to mark the locations of the wall studs on the tape and also mark the preferred corbel locations — ours were 27 inches [68.58 cm] from centre to centre.

Step 2: Measure from the keyhole plate on the back of the corbels and transfer the measurements to where the corbels will attach to the wall. Install the appropriate number of hollow wall anchors. (One of our corbels was mounted to a stud; the rest were hung with hollow wall anchors.) Drive the screws so the head is protruding 1/8 inch [.318 cm] from the wall.

Step 3: Measure the centre-to-centre dimensions of the corbel locations, reduce this length by 1 inch [2.54 cm] and cut the dowels to length.

Step 4: Install the first corbel, slip the dowel in the hole in the first corbel, and then add the next corbel to support the dowel.

Step 5: After the corbels and dowels are installed, remove the tape from the wall and apply adhesive caulk to the top of the corbels. Position the shelf on the corbels so it overhangs the end corbels equally. Allow the adhesive to dry and put the shelves and pot hanger dowels to work.

 

PROJECT DETAILS

Skill Level: Intermediate

Estimated Time: 1 weekend

Estimated Cost: $308 for one shelf with rods

Tools

  • Drill
  • 1-in [2.54 cm] spade bit
  • Mitre box and handsaw
  • Level
  • Tape measure
  • Electronic stud finder
  • Painter’s tape
  • Liquid Nails construction adhesive
  • 1-3/4-in [4.45 cm] wire brads
  • Wood putty

Materials

  • 4 – 12-in [30.48 cm] maple corbels, #225705
  • 1 x 12 x 96 [2.54 cm x 30.48 cm x 2.29 m] pine board, #1167
  • 11/16 x 1-5/8 x 144 [1.77 cm x 4.13 cm x 3.66 m] pine panel moulding, #109565
  • 3 – 1 x 48 [2.54 cm x 1.22 m] round dowels, #19386
  • 4 – Garden Treasure S-hooks, 2-packs, #149880
  • Valspar Signature semigloss paint, Sunday Times

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary by market. Paint colours may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

 

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