With just a little prep, paint and some new shelf brackets, old floor boards became stylish storage.

Step 1

Determine Layout

Measure the area for the shelves, find where the wall studs are and measure out three inches from there.  The shelf brackets must go into studs to be structurally sound, and the shelves should be no more than 3-feet long to handle the weight.  Use a tape measure, stud finder and level to mark stud location and shelf placement.

Step 2


Prep the Wood

Clean the wood boards with a wire brush and scraper.  Fill nail holes with wood filler.  Let it dry and sand the boards.

Step 3


Hang Shelf Brackets

Attach the shelf brackets to the wall, into the studs. The width of the top of the bracket will determine the width of your board.  Our shelf brackets are 8 inches, so we cut our boards to 9 inches.

Step 4


Cut Boards to Size

Cut the boards to the exact length (do not miter cut the corners yet). Then use a circular saw to cut the back side of the boards to the exact width.

Step 5

For Corner Shelves, Find the Miter

Lay the first board on the shelf brackets. Put it right up to the corner of the walls to determine where the miter cut will start. Use a miter saw to cut the board at that exact angle. Repeat this for shelves above and below.

For the second side of the wall, lay the boards on the shelf brackets. Then lay the already mitered cut boards over the straight-cut boards and draw a line from the mitered board onto the straight board to get an exact match.

Step 6

Finish the Boards

Paint or stain the boards as desired. Let them dry completely. For extra stabilization, attach the shelves together at the mitered corners, use flat 4-inch brackets and screw into place on the underside of the shelves.

Step 7

Attach Boards to the Shelf Brackets

Place finished boards on the shelf brackets and attached them from the underside of the boards.