Open Kitchen Cabinet Shelving Rustic Cottage Farmhouse Style for our Tiny House

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Easy Farmhouse Style DIY kitchen open shelving wood stained, free plans by

Hi everyone!  We hope you are enjoying our 15th episode of our Tiny House Build!



I just couldn't make up my mind on what to do for wall storage in the kitchen.  I knew cabinets were the practical choice, but didn't want to box in the kitchen and make the space feel smaller.  When I finally did decide on shelving - reasoning if the shelving didn't work, it wouldn't be a huge deal to take them out (and use them somewhere else since they are quite versatile), then I couldn't commit to paint or stain.  Stain or paint.  

Eventually I went with stain.  Because it was faster.  That was the deciding factor.  

I'm so glad we did the stain.  I love the contrast.  

To keep the color consistant in such a small space, we used the same stain color as the countertop, floor and ceiling - Rustoluem Early American.  In a small space, I like to keep my finishes to a minimum for an uncluttered look.

Simple shelves like these could be used throughout the home and are easy to build.  The plans follow, enjoy!

XO Ana

Dimensions shown above


Shopping List

1x2s for the brackets

Double 1x6s for the shelving, or 1x10s or 1x12s

Common Materials
1 1/4 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
Cut List


1 - 1x2 @ 9"

1 - 1x2 @ 8-1/4"

1 - 1x2 @ 8-7/8" Long point to long point, ends cut at 45 degrees perpendicular to each other

Shelving cut to size, can be 1x10s, 1x12s, or double 1x6s 

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer


Step 1

Attach bottom to top on back side, using glue and 1-1/4" pocket hole screw.

Step 2

Clamp bracket to workbench securely.  Mark placement of cross support (important).  I glued my cross supports and let dry, then when dry, nailed through back into cross support.  Nail closer to the inside edge of the cross support to ensure your nail hits the thickest part of your cross support.

Step 3

Attach shelving to brackets with glue and screws or nails/staples.  Paint or stain your project now.

Brackets need to be secured to studs in the wall.  Predrill holes in brackets to attach to wall.  It was a little tricky attaching behind the cross support piece, but we ended up getting a screw in there.