4-Foot Beadboard Wall Shelf

The 4-foot "classic beadboard" wall shelf is simple and cheap to make and it looks great for hanging pictures or decorations on the wall. The project requires only about $10 in materials, but it does required more advanced tools such as a chop saw, table saw, jig saw and router. Comparable shelves sell at between $60-$80.

I can build the project is about 1-2 hours, but it may take longer if you don't have all your tools set up. The plans are free on my woodworking blog at: http://www.jrlwoodworking.com/

You can also make the shelf in 2-foot and 3-foot lengths, simply shrink all the horizontal dimensions by one or two feet.

Estimated Cost
$10 + paint
Estimated Time Investment
An Hour or Two (0-2 Hours)
Type of Wood
(1) 1" x 6" x 8' whitewood (AKA pine) and 1/4" beadboard paneling or slats
Finish Used
We used Rustoleum furniture spray paint ( flat black) and distressed it with sandpaper. You can use a Q-tip and a cherry gel stain to make the exposed wood pop. I don't like to put a primer on it because when you are distressing the wood, the primer shows through and looks funny if it is not the same color as the finished color.
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Fri, 01/04/2013 - 12:37

We actually built three of these for my husband's siblings for Christmas. The best part of it was the low cost. These only cost about $10 a piece and we left them unpainted so they could paint them to match their home decor. And whenever they look at their shelf, they will remember the hand-made Christmas present!

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