Updated on March 13, 2016
Rustic Industrial Hanging Shelf
Hi all and welcome back! I shared this project over on Old House to New Home, but I’m sharing it again here because I am working my way through the dining room. I’ve just finished the last chair and will be bringing you details on that next week! This is a really quick and easy project that has a huge impact.
So, if you’ve been following along, you know we moved to Oklahoma in January from Virginia. I wanted a new house in a new neighborhood and what we ended up with was an old fixer upper in a wonderful older neighborhood. So far we are unexpectedly loving every minute of it, except for moments of water valves breaking, pools leaking and the washer and dryer constantly being broken ;). But, one of the great things is I just keep finding cool stuff in the yard to make into furniture, like my tree stump end table.
I found this beautiful piece of wood hanging out in the backyard, and I grabbed it. I had no idea what I was going to do with it.
I looked at it for awhile, and recently finished our dining table. I thought this would be a cool looking sideboard for the table. I originally thought about doing iron pipes for legs, like my friend Emily did HERE. I love her table, but iron pipes are pricey and I’ve used them a bit around this space, so I kept thinking.
I’ve got an industrial thing sort-of-kind-of going on in here, so chain kept entering into my thoughts. Chains are industrial, right? When I built my rope shelves, I thought about using chain, but decided to stick with the rope. Then it hit me, why not turn this piece of wood into a hanging shelf/sideboard/thing-y with chain? Easy peasy!
First, I started sanding. That took some time, because it was in kind of rough shape. I used all different kinds of sanders, just going until it was smooth. The sanding will also help get any bugs out that are living in the wood.
Then, using a drill I drilled four holes into the board, just a little bigger than the chain. I measured to line them up, taking into consideration how the curve would lay against the wall.
Okay, I know they don’t look even, but they actually are a rectangle.
Then I stained the wood. I really wanted it to stand out against the wall, so I went dark with a couple of coats of Minwax Jacobean.
There was lots of little cracks and gaps, so I filled them with epoxy. If used correctly, it does a nice job. You have to work quickly, but it makes the board much sturdier and will give you a nice, even surface.
Then a little more sanding and three coats of Polyurethane. That’s it for the board.
I looked up and a sideboard generally sits about 36″ from the floor. So I marked that spot on the wall. I looped the chain through the holes so it holds it underneath, then I just sorta held the chains until I thought it looked “right”. So a bunch of measuring and math, I found the middle of the wall and the exact places for my two wall hangers.
Here’s my thoughts on drywall anchors. I love the kind in the picture and despise the other kind. The ones where you drill and hole, and hammer in a bracket that is supposed to open up and grip the wall. Those only work about half the time for me and I end up throwing them and becoming an angry mess with big holes in my wall. I realize it’s probably user error-but I have never once messed these up. They are pretty much fool proof. First I drill a small hole, just to start and make sure I’m not on a stud. If I hit a stud, great! No need for an anchor. But if there is no stud, I just screw these in with a phillips head screwdriver and then they are ready.
Then I just screw my hangers on, loop the chain on and that was it! I found both the hangers and chain at Wal-Mart. I had to bend the chain a bit and take off a bunch of extra, but that was easy.
I used the rest of my chain for my conversation starter boards, found HERE.
Then I touched up here and there, and painted my hangers to match the chain.
NOW I was done. Wait, it needs something….
It makes a pretty nice alternative to a sideboard and a unique addition for very little money. I used leftover stain and poly (it didn’t take much at all) and so all I bought was chain and hangers- less that $10.
Once I got it all set up, I brought in my new dining table. Check out all the details on how I built the concrete top table HERE!
That’s it! An old piece of wood turned into a rustic industrial hanging shelf. Thanks so much for stopping by and let me know if you have any questions!