Easy DIY Shelf Project

Clutter often feels like chaos to me. But I don’t claim to be a minimalist either!

So this easy DIY shelf project was the perfect solution to display a small collection of Sea shells or Air plants here at the cottage.

DIY Upcycled Shelf

This little project was quick, inexpensive, and very easy!

DIY Upcyled Shelf

I found this cassette tape wooden crate at Goodwill for only $4.50. You remember cassette tapes, right? Everyone used to have them. But I never really saw them hung on a wall. I guess it was a “thing” though, because I see these storage crates pretty regularly!

Thrift Flip Trash to Treasure Shelf

I was inspired by the Sea shell display ( I snapped a picture with my phone), when we visited the Wonders of Wildlife Museum & Aquarium after Christmas.

The black background really accentuates the sculptural form of all of the beautiful shells!

After thinking about how I could display my own Sea shells (in a non-cluttery way) somehow I came up with the cassette crate. It had been hanging out in my garage awaiting it’s transformation!

Upcycled shelf trash to treasure

First I had to get all of the black plastic slots out of the inside. They had been glued in, so it took a little bit of effort to get them all out!

Upcycled shelf trash to treasure thrift flip

I used a putty knife and slid it under. I successfully removed most of it, but not all. I could have tried some type of chemical remover or borrowed the hubby’s muscles. But he’s so busy with the kitchen remodel (and that pesky job) that I didn’t want to sidetrack him!

Upcyled shelf DIY

Next I screwed “D” rings onto the back for hanging. These can be found at any hardware store, or Wal-Mart.

Upcycled shelf DIY trash to treasure thrift flip

I had this galvanized handle hanging around in the workshop. So I added it to the top for a little Farmhouse style!

Thrift store decor DIY thrift flip trash to treasure

Just look at those dovetailed corners! This crate is constructed well.

Chalk painted shelf, thrift flip

Finally, I painted the inside with some Americana Chalky Finish paint that I had left over from another project. I used a sash (angled) brush.

I love black for a project like this because it covers a multitude of imperfections. That’s why I like to wear black! Ha.

Upcycled DIY shelf farmhouse style

I hung it on the wall in our loft turned bonus room. I’m still working on the layout and decor in here. I’ll be sure to give you an updated tour when I’m done. If you want to see the first makeover, then check out this post.

Boho Farmhouse thrift flip shelf, trash to treasure

I’m really happy with the results. I’m especially happy that it cost me less than $5.!

This little shelf would be great in a kitchen, bathroom, or even a kids room.

Let me know what you think in the comments. What would you use this for AND did you ever own cassette tapes?

Watch me complete this project on my YouTube channel.

Don’t forget to pin this project for later!

See ya again soon at Free Range Cottage.

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