Anyone else hate wire shelving? Things don’t sit quite right and everything falls through the cracks… plus it doesn’t look that great. I came up with a solution that doesn’t cost much money and completely changes the look; going from outdated to farmhouse-style. For about $20, we made a wood overlay to cover the wire shelving in our laundry room, and it simply sits on top of the original wire shelf.
As you may have heard, I just completed my $85 laundry room makeover. You heard that right. Eighty-Five Dollars. I painted walls, painted the dryer (to match the washer), created a lint box (from a cereal box), used a piece of cardboard to create a chalkboard Laundry sign, and more. One of my favorite things in the room is the wooden shelf overlay we made to cover our wire shelving. I am not a fan of wire shelving, especially because things fall through the cracks and don’t sit straight. My solution for the past 5 years was to lay an old towel on the wire shelving. (Cute, right?… Ummmm… no.)
Because I had a limited budget ($100), I knew I wasn’t going to replace the shelf. I, instead, wanted to create an overlay that would mimic a wood shelf. Initially, I thought we’d cut a large piece of plywood down to size, but it was expensive. (You pay for the whole piece, unless you can find something in the scrap pile for 70% off; which I could not). We found some cedar fence posts; they are lightweight and $2.25 per post (we needed 5). Our shelf was 71″ long, and the posts were 72″ (perfect because there was 1″ cutout at the top… great for a picket fence, not great for a shelf). When we bought the posts, they were really wet, so we laid them out to dry.
As noted, we cut off one inch from the tops of the posts, where they were angled.
We then used 5/16″ dowels and wood glue to attach 4 of the posts together (our shelf was 20″ wide, and the posts were each 5 1/2″ wide). Please Note: You will need a dowel jig for properly placing the wood dowels and clamps to hold the wood pieces together while the wood glue dries.
After the glue had completely dried, we sanded the boards down with our Ryobi Orbital Sander, starting with an 80 grit sandpaper, and working up to a 220 grit.
Because there is an overhang to the wire shelf, we cut the last cedar post to create the front lip of the shelf. After sanding it,
we my hubby used wood glue, and then clamped the front onto the larger shelf piece. While still clamped, he used a nail gun to secure the front on. (Of course, I don’t have a picture of this. Sorry. #bloggerfail)
Once everything was good and dry, I stained the shelf in the color kona.
We allowed the stain to thoroughly dry and applied a couple coats of polycrylic.
I brought the shelf upstairs and laid it on top of the wire shelving, and that was all there was to it. In the picture below, you can see how the wood overlay sits on the wire shelf.
I did spray paint the support, as you can see. I thought the white would look funny, so I removed the support and sprayed it with hammered metal spray paint.
I just love how this turned out!!! Goodbye wire shelving, hello beautiful wood shelf!!!
If you have any questions regarding this tutorial, please feel free to ask away! You can see the whole Laundry Room Reveal HERE.
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