DIY Barn Wood Shelves

Easy to install DIY barn wood shelves.

Rustic barn wood shelves for any room in your house. A cheap and easy DIY project that would look great with industrial and farmhouse decor.

We are getting oh. so. close to finishing the 2nd guest bedroom. I’ve already shared the chalk painted cabinet, that got a little makeover, and the DIY platform bed that we built. This week though, it’s all about the DIY barn wood shelves that we installed.

I still have some work to do on the bed but this past week I turned my attention to the next project, filling the one large, blank wall in the room…the wall over the bed. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with it, but when I saw old barn wood planks at the flea market, I knew that we could make beautiful barn wood shelves out of it.

The next dilemma was to figure out how to hang the shelves. I knew that I didn’t want traditional shelf brackets so I took a trip to Home Depot to look for a solution. Luckily I found just what I needed in the plumbing department. We bought a lot of bits and pieces home but ended up using 6 inch black pipe nipples, iron caps and floor flanges.

Barn Wood Industrial Shelves |

To put the brackets together, we just simply attached the iron caps to each nipple. Then the nipple was screwed into the floor flange, that was screwed onto the wall. We made sure that we hit a stud when we screwed in each flange to keep the shelves from falling on our guests in the middle of the night. Never a good thing. 😉

Barn Wood Industrial Shelves |

I come to find out, after we had it all hung up, that there’s a lot of folks using plumbing parts to hang shelves so my idea wasn’t so original. Oh well…I like them and they turned out better than I thought (and it was really easy to do) so I guess that’s all that matters. 🙂 BTW, we ended up spending $35 for the pipe fittings and $10 for the large piece of barn wood.

Barn wood shelves in the guest bedroom. |

A quick word of caution, you want to make sure you wipe down all the pipe fittings. They are really greasy and can make a real mess of your freshly painted walls (cough, cough…hubs).

Barn Wood Industrial Shelves |

Another project to cross off the old to do list. I wish they were all this easy.

What kind of project are you working on now? Easy or not so easy?

Thanks so much for stopping by.  


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  1. Monday,October 27, 2014 / 9:53 am

    Well I was going to start setting up my quilt room this weekend but the finish of the floor took longer than anticipated. Now everything is coated in fine dust and saw dust. So I guess I will be cleaning a room a day this week. No fun at all. Enjoy your week.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 28, 2014 / 12:57 am

      No fun Deborah but I’m sure it will be great when it’s all done.

      Thanks for dropping in and hope you have a great week.

  2. MaryJean
    Monday,October 27, 2014 / 1:53 pm

    Boy, those are some industrial shelves you have there, partner! Guess I’ll just mowsy on out of here and plan on catching up on some of my chores this coming weekend.

    Busy weekend and I was tired, tired, tired!!!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 29, 2014 / 7:10 pm

      I’m sure you were busy last weekend but it sounded fun.

      As always I appreciate you stopping in to say hi and share what you are doing. 🙂

  3. Sue Silva
    Monday,October 27, 2014 / 6:10 pm

    Wow, very resourceful. Love them!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 28, 2014 / 12:55 am

      Thank you Sue! 🙂

  4. Tuesday,October 28, 2014 / 5:01 am

    I love your shelves and just shared them on my Facebook page!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 28, 2014 / 11:48 am

      Thank you, thank you Paula! 🙂

  5. Tuesday,October 28, 2014 / 8:47 am

    Your shelves turned out great! Love the look of the barn wood with the plumbing bits, gives the shelves a cool industrial vibe.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 29, 2014 / 12:56 am

      Thanks. I’m loving them too and they were so easy to do.

      I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

  6. [email protected] Stroll Thru Life
    Tuesday,October 28, 2014 / 9:10 am

    I love these, what a fabulous idea. The industrial look is so on point at the moment. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 28, 2014 / 6:54 pm

      Thanks so much Marty and thanks for hosting Inspire Me each week. Love coming to your party!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 28, 2014 / 6:55 pm

      Thanks Lindi. I was surprised how easy they were to put up. Good luck with yours. I’m sure you’ll love them too. 🙂

  7. Tuesday,October 28, 2014 / 7:15 pm

    Love the rustic and industrial shelves! So simple but makes a big impact.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,October 29, 2014 / 1:24 am

      Thanks so much Susan So glad you like them.

  8. Wednesday,October 29, 2014 / 10:12 pm

    These are so cool. I love the barn wood. Right now i am painting a china cabinet with homemade chalk paint.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,October 30, 2014 / 12:42 am

      I’m loving barn wood right now too Trish. I just painted a cabinet with chalk paint too…good for you for making your own. What color are you using? Would love to see the results.

      Thanks for visiting and sharing your latest project. I love to read about what everyone is up to.

  9. Thursday,October 30, 2014 / 7:36 am

    Love those shelves! I’m definitely adding that to my pile of maybes for the shelves we’re planning above our breakfast bar!

    Found you at the Thursday Favorite Things link-up!

    Beth at LWC Wonderland

    • Kristi
      Thursday,October 30, 2014 / 9:26 pm

      Thanks Beth! I love them even though it’s not what I thought I would put on that wall.

      So glad that you found me at the Thursday Favorite Things link-up. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Thursday,October 30, 2014 / 8:55 am

    Great look and you made it seem really easy! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,October 30, 2014 / 9:18 pm

      Thanks so much Pam and I really appreciate you ladies hosting Thursday Blog Hop every week.


  11. Friday,October 31, 2014 / 5:57 pm

    Kristi I love the rustic look of these shelves – that wood is amazing in it’s natural state and looks great with the plumbing parts. I would love to do something like this in my son’s room – thank you for sharing how you did it!! And thanks for linking up to Best of the Nest. I hope you link up again next month…..I’ll be curious to see what you’ve been working in your guest room. Off to check out that platform bed!!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,November 1, 2014 / 12:27 am

      Thanks so much Lisa! It was really an easy project and I’m really loving the results.

      It’s my first time joining Best of the Nest and I appreciate all you ladies hosting. It’s been fun looking at all the great links. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting. Happy weekend! 🙂

  12. Saturday,November 1, 2014 / 8:06 am

    Very cool idea, looking for something for my sons room and I love this!! 🙂 ~Kim

    • Kristi
      Saturday,November 1, 2014 / 5:19 pm

      Thanks so much Kim! It really is such an easy project to do too. Appreciate you stopping by. 🙂


    • Kristi
      Sunday,November 9, 2014 / 10:33 pm

      Thanks so much Shannon. I’m loving how they turned out too. Appreciate you stopping by and commenting.


  13. Sharon
    Friday,December 12, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    We did something very similar a few weeks ago … we used 3/4 inch flanges, pipes and caps. I will caution you: shop around .. 3/4 inch flanges are a whooping $11.48 each in Lowes .. I stopped by a local plumbing supply store and they had them for just over $3.00 .. $8 cheaper! EACH!

    • Kristi
      Saturday,December 13, 2014 / 3:28 am

      Wow Sharon that is a huge difference. You have to wonder how they can get away with charging so much. Thanks so much for the head’s up. 🙂


  14. DeniseB.
    Tuesday,March 31, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    love the shelves but cant’ stop looking at that acorn! where did you find it?

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,April 1, 2015 / 12:23 am

      Thanks Denise. I bought that acorn at a little shop in Macon, Ga about 10 years ago. All the kids used to love playing with it so the stem has been glued back on quite a few times. LOL

  15. Rob
    Tuesday,April 21, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    Where did you find all the fittings for $35? I just went to Lowe’s yesterday to get the stuff for a project similar and the pieces to attach to the floor were $7 for the 1/2 and $10 for the 3/8, needed 12 so def going to be more than $35 and that is not all the supplies……………to do 3 shelves on each side of my TV (total of 6) is going to cost me almost $140, no lumber included.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,April 21, 2015 / 6:04 pm

      Hi Rob. As I stated in the post, I bought all of my fittings in Home Depot. The black nipples were $2.07 each, the flanges were $4.92 each and the caps were $1.34 each. Multiply each by 4 and you will get $33.32 (I also ended up spending $10 for my barn wood). I’m not sure why Lowe’s was so much more but even if you go online to the HD website, you will be able to get fittings for the prices that I paid. Hope this help you with your project.


      • Rob
        Tuesday,April 21, 2015 / 8:06 pm

        Wow big diff will def go by HD and see. Thanks!!!!!

        • Kristi
          Tuesday,April 21, 2015 / 9:03 pm

          No problem Rob. It does seem like a big difference. Best of luck with your project.

  16. Sunday,April 26, 2015 / 1:20 pm

    I have some great unfinished, unpainted reclaimed wood, but don’t know how to treat it – stain? oils? waxes? – to get the look you have there. It’s quite rough and splintery/fuzzy, but I don’t want to do so much to it that it loses that rustic look. What did you do for these shelves?

    • Kristi
      Monday,April 27, 2015 / 12:26 am

      Actually the only thing I did was to clean them. I vacuumed them off and then used some Murphy’s oil sop to clean it up a bit. I wanted to keep the rustic look of them so that’s as far as I went. Maybe you could just very lightly sand any rough spots you don”t like (very lightly). Hope that helps.

      • Monday,April 27, 2015 / 5:49 pm

        Thanks, I’ll try that! Good to know that less is more.

  17. molly
    Sunday,June 28, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    Where did you get the barn wood from?

    • Kristi
      Sunday,June 28, 2015 / 10:06 pm

      Hi Molly. I got the barn wood from Kane County flea market. Hope that helps.

  18. Allie
    Saturday,August 15, 2015 / 9:18 pm

    Love these shelves. What did you do to keep the shelf still. Looks like they just sit on pipe. Do you find it stable?

    • Kristi
      Monday,August 17, 2015 / 10:41 am

      Thanks Allie. They do just sit on the pipe (brackets). The wood is old barn wood so it’s pretty solid and heavy and it lays flat. We’ve not had any problems with it. Hope this answers your question.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 4, 2015 / 12:29 am

      Thanks Deb! The acorn is a particular favorite of mine.

  19. Tuesday,November 3, 2015 / 10:04 am

    these are really cute and different shelves…here from Cozy

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 4, 2015 / 12:30 am

      Hi BJ, thanks so much for stopping in and commenting on my shelves. So glad you like them.

  20. Wednesday,November 4, 2015 / 11:51 am

    I love the contrast of the rustic shelf with the industrial pipe. I helped a friend make a bookshelf out of similar materials. This would have been much simpler, but she didn’t want to put holes in her walls.

    • Kristi
      Thursday,November 5, 2015 / 3:36 am

      This was such a quick and easy project but I understand her not wanting to put holes in the wall. The bookcase you helped your friend make sounds awesome.

      Thanks for stopping in. 🙂

  21. Janet
    Monday,January 25, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    Can you tell me what length of pipe you used to make the shelves? I’m doing this in in kitchen and it’s going to look great but don’t want to make them too wide.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 25, 2016 / 6:01 pm

      Hi Janet. The pipe I used is 6 inches long and the barn is actually a bit shorter, so it would lay flat on the pipe. I do wish that they were a bit wider, so I could put bigger things on it, but it has worked well. Thanks for your question. Hope my answer helped.

  22. Saturday,February 13, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    I really want to do these! Hubby will be thrilled with another project 🙂

    • Kristi
      Sunday,February 14, 2016 / 9:11 am

      Ha, I know what you mean. I get the eye roll whenever I tell him about a “great” idea I have. On the plus side, they really are easy to put up.:)

  23. Sarah @ Little Red Brick House
    Monday,February 15, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    Oh, I love these so much! That barn wood is just gorgeous and the plumbing parts are the perfect compliment. I need to find a space in my home for some of these. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,February 16, 2016 / 3:49 am

      Thanks so much. I’m really happy with the way they turned out and they were so easy to put up.

  24. Jackie
    Monday,March 28, 2016 / 6:50 am

    Hello! Can you tell me what the paint color/brand you used on the walls? Looks like a gray that has blue in it. Thank you!

    • Kristi
      Monday,March 28, 2016 / 11:26 am

      Hi, Jackie. The paint used in the guest bedroom is Benjamin Moore Palest Pistachio. In my room, it looks like a very pale gray with a hint of blue. I really love it and would like to use it in my new house!. Hope that helps. 🙂

  25. Tuesday,June 7, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    This is such a great idea! I need shelves in a few rooms of our house but didn’t like anything I was finding in store- this is perfect, thank you!!


    • Kristi
      Friday,June 10, 2016 / 1:58 am

      Thanks, Kelsie. I love how our shelves turned out, and they were super easy to do. I’m hoping to do them again in our new house in NC.

  26. Creatively Living
    Wednesday,June 15, 2016 / 8:18 am


    • Kristi
      Friday,June 17, 2016 / 3:26 am

      Thank you! 🙂

  27. Julie
    Saturday,July 23, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    I don’t see this question anywhere, perhaps you can help me. I’m doing this exact setup in my kitchen. However, did you get larger pipes than the actual depth of the wood. IOW, for an 8 inch deep shelf, would you recommend a 10 inch pipe, or and 8 inch pipe?

    Thanks… trying not to buy things I’ll have to exchange or return. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 25, 2016 / 1:39 am

      Hi Julie. You will have an end cap on the pipe so you may not be able to do an 8 inch pipe with an 8 inch deep shelf. If you want to go the safe route, do the 10 inch but you may end up with a bit of extra space. It should be fine though because, again, you will have the end cap on it. Hope this helps. Good luck with your shelves. I’m sure they’ll look awesome! 🙂

  28. Penny
    Tuesday,August 16, 2016 / 12:16 pm

    Looking to do shelves like these in my laundry room, except 12 inches deep. Wondering how much weight they would hold? Are yours pretty heavy duty or should I look to do something else?

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,August 17, 2016 / 1:26 am

      My shelves were pretty heavy duty, I never worried about them falling. I think that as long as you screw into studs you will be just fine. And if you go long, do 3 supports instead of 2.

  29. Wednesday,September 14, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    Really cute! I did these kind of shelves in my office and I absolutely love them!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,September 14, 2016 / 5:39 pm

      They are awesome, aren’t they Kate? And it’s such an easy thing to do. 🙂

  30. Kim
    Sunday,September 25, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    Hey! Thanks for the tutorial on the shelves. It was exactly what I needed in my formal dining room! The hubby was super impressed with how easy they were to install too. Feel free to see how they turned out!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,September 27, 2016 / 5:38 am

      Thanks so much Kim! 🙂

  31. Sheila
    Sunday,September 3, 2017 / 7:43 am

    I’ve fallen in love with your shelves here. I looked around yesterday for barnwood shelves on local home supply stores in my area and unable to find any. Do you have any ideas where I can find them, especially at those prices?

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