Kitchen Ledge Shelves

I built ledge shelves for our kitchen using reclaimed wood I painted teal, then silver, then flat black (Napoleon).

Love having them. :)

Estimated Cost
Estimated Time Investment
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Type of Wood
Reclaimed wood, unknown species
Finish Used
Teal semi-gloss latex undercoat, silver spray paint, matte black (Napoleon) latex paint top coat.

I wasn't sure what color I wanted. I didn't seal the shelves, just in case I changed my mind again, but I love how knicking it brings out the teal or the silver under the black!
Recommended Skill Level
Starter Project



Sat, 08/10/2013 - 19:19

Great looking shelves, and it's neat how you got these in the corner shape. It adds so much storage! The color looks perfect with the tile and counter. Love the little flecks of the other colors peeking through too! Great job!

In reply to by JoanneS


Sun, 08/11/2013 - 10:15

These ledge shelves really are my favorite shelves right now. I plan to add a few more to my daughter's room, but I'll wait to make those until after I build her dresser. :)


Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:42

I love your adaptation of the original design. I have been looking for an example of someone who made this plan into a wider shelf. Has it held up well? I was worried about the stress on the joints when you make it deeper. Has yours handled the weight? How wide is the bottom piece?

In reply to by babysteps


Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:14

I've had the shelves up for about a year now and it's still in the same spot. The corner shelves are the most sturdy, most likely because it is supported by screws in two perpendicular walls. Its filled with mason jars (re-used, cleaned pickle jars) of pantry items, and there is no visible stress on the joints that I can see.

The smaller shelf is not as sturdy because I could not locate a stud (that didn't have electrical wiring close to it). I used wall anchors and it sags ever so slightly forward (about a millimeter). We only keep our drinkware on it, however.

The base of the shelf is made from a 1x8 (7-1/4" wide). The full width of the shelf with the 1x4 back and 1x2 front lip is about 8-3/4" wide.

I hope this comment reaches you and that it helpful!

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