Top 10 Tuesday {16}: Not Your Average Shelf

Welcome to the first Top 10 Tuesday of 2012! I’m kicking off this year with some unique ways to create shelves in your space. Shelves don’t always have to be plain and simple and ‘practical’, they can become works of art. Today I’ll be sharing some crazy cool ideas on how to create shelving units out of thrift store finds and common household items.

Let’s dive in!

1) Take an old suitcase and cut it in half to make a floating shelf (Source: Something Created Every Day

2) Pick up some old books from the thrift store and create shelves for an office or kids room (source: Real Simple)

3) Up-cycle old picture frames to create these fun little shelves (source: Change of Scenery)

4) Create rustic shelves using reclaimed wood and rope (source: Imperfectly Polished)

5. Turn old crate sideways to create a shelf/storage system (source: Baily’s Home & Garden)

6. Turn a skateboard or snow board into a shelf. Great for boy’s room. (source: PB Teen)

7. Pallet shelf (source: Ana White

8. Fabulous reclaimed wood shelves with a hidden drawer (source: Not Just A Housewife)

9. Shelves from old pipes (source: ScrapHacker)

10. Wall of shelves from old tables cut in half (source: Dornob)

Have you made shelves out of anything interesting? Leave me a link to your project!


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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    • says

      Those are my favorite too! You have a winery?! That is amazing! I found old crates at a liquidation sale a few months ago and I’ve been wanting to do the same for a while, I just haven’t found the perfect spot yet!

      • says

        A liquidation sale? That sounds like fun :) Where at? I’m from Seattle and am there every other month to visit family and friends so I shall have to check some places out next time I’m back.

        We have a vineyard/winery called Omero Cellars down in the Willamette Valley up on Ribbon Ridge. We are building out the winery this spring. If you ever go wine tasting down here look us up!

  1. Brittany says

    I love the use of the old picture frames! I’ll definitely be using the idea in my fiancee’s house when I move in!

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