This "go anywhere" shelf is easy to make and requires few tools.
You can use scrap wood of varying thickness (here, 20 mm for the shelf and 28 mm for the brackets).
First, use a handsaw to cut a 58 x 10 cm (23 x 4 in.) rectangle for the shelf.
Then cut two 7 x 10 cm (2¾ x 4 in.) rectangles for the angle brackets.
For each angle bracket, trace a diagonal line, about 5 cm inward, and trim.
Sand each piece of wood, remembering to soften the edges. On the underside of the board, draw two marks 9 cm (3½ in.) from each edge.
This is where you will make holes for the wood dowels, using a wood drill.
Also drill matching holes along the top edge of the angle brackets (click here for gluing/doweling method).
Check that the dowels are positioned correctly before finishing the assembly with a little wood glue.
Once the glue has dried, you can choose a finish for your shelf. A clay-colored acrylic paint was used for the shelf in the photo.
You can also make your own milk paint.
To hang the shelf, screw mounting brackets to the shelf underside.
Drill holes in the wall for anchors and screws, and your shelf is ready to hang.
All you need to do now is decide which items will best show off your new homemade shelf!
Tip: If you double the size of this shelf, you can make a perfect piece for your hallway, for example.
To preserve the shelf's attractive, rustic look, be sure to also double the thickness of your wood.
Using boards that are too thin could make the piece look flimsy.
You will also need to use stronger mounting brackets.