Welcome back, friends! Today’s post is special because we get to share our first YouTube tutorial!
Jason and I recently made a Ballard Designs inspired shutter shelf and needed metal shelf brackets to complete the project. We couldn’t find anything like our inspiration picture in the store.
Etsy has similar ones that are made from 1/4′” thick steel flat bar but they’re at least $12.00 per shelf bracket plus shipping. So, to improvise, we made our own industrial farmhouse metal shelf brackets from 1/8″ thick steel flat bar from Lowes. The final cost for materials comes out to around a $1.00 per bracket! It pays to improvise, right?
Here’s a quick rundown of the materials you’ll need to make your own metal shelf brackets:
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A drill with a drill bit slightly larger than the screws you plan to use
Spray paint primer for metal
Spray paint for metal in flat black
The metal used for this project is 1″ wide by 1/8″ thick so it’s easy to bend. This makes for a simple and inexpensive DIY project. We bought ours at Lowes and the item number is #44119. The shelves we used on our shutter shelf are made from a 1″ x 6″ board.
Just click on the video below to see the full tutorial:
I finished the brackets off by wiping them clean and giving them a coat of metal spray primer and a couple coats of flat black spray paint also made for metal.
These industrial farmhouse metal shelf brackets are the perfect solution for open shelving. Now, all you need is the wood for the shelf, and you’ve completed a simple DIY!
Click here to see the tutorial on our Ballard Designs Inspired Shutter Shelf.
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