Make Slatted Shallow Shelving From Old Doors

Make Slatted Shallow Shelving From Old Doors

Sarah Rae Smith
Sep 7, 2010

Sometimes a small box under the bed is all you need to contain your child's collection. That might be all well and good for an assortment of rocks, but what happens when your kids take after you and collect everything they get their hands on? There's going to be some serious shelving required to help display it all — here's an idea for making it cheaply but looking like you spent far more.

Grams is a mother to 7 and Grandmother to 16, so needless to say, she's more than familiar with making the most of every item she comes across. She was given a load of free doors and like most people, she cut off the ends, pried them open and scooped out the guts. That's what you'd do, right? Right. Next, she sliced them up into long strips and with the help of her pint-sized family members, nailed it all to the wall.

Now, we have to admit, we've done many things with doors in the past. They've been shelving, tables, wall art, but never in a million years, did we think to gut and run them through the table saw! What comes next is just as fabulous as it gives the end result true dimension and shape. She ran some left over brown paint along each crevice between the boards to make sure that when they were coated with white (which is the next step) they would really pop.

Some leftover lumber was used to create the actual shelving down the length of the wall and we think it's perfect for displaying anything you want. Here it's used for photos and such, but we're thinking a row of dinosaurs would be nice, or even a line of play food. We're pretty sure that anything that gets placed on the wall will instantly look awesome and very "collection-like" without even trying!

Check out the full step by step transformation over at Grams and get the low down on how she stripped the doors down to boards, it's a curious process that you simply must see to believe!

Thanks Grams!

via: Tater Tots and Jello
Image: Grams

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