DIY Shelving for a Custom Piece and Perfect Fit

Any time someone asks me for decorating and/or DIY advice I get all giddy and geeky on them. I try not to. I really do try to contain my excitement so that I don't scare them away or overwhelm them with my ideas, but there is no denying that it happens...every. single. time.

One of the things I'm asked most is, "Why? Why do you want to do it yourself?" Simple enough. Some people cannot fathom why in the world I would go through the trouble of doing something myself, and for them I have a laundry list of reasons. Among those reasons, is the fact that when you do something yourself you end up with a custom result. One that is special for your project. It has the potential to be the perfect size, color, finish, fabric, etc. for it's unique surroundings, and ultimately, your unique home. 

Take for example this rustic, wood, shelving unit that I built...

Image: TFD Style

Image: TFD Style

Ok, so if you've been following along for a while, and you "like" my Facebook page, then you may remember that this shelf was actually built for my craft room. I had purchased a bunch of containers from the Dollar Store to house all of the components of my different flask designs (you can read more about that journey here if you're interested). I then took those measurements, and the measurements of the wall that the shelving unit would sit in front of, and devised a plan. I had to take into consideration depth, width, and height (the circuit breaker would be on the wall just above it, and I knew that if my husband had to move a piece of furniture to access it every time, I was asking for a fight). 

So, using wood that I already had on hand, I started building. I had seen a bunch of rustic, industrial shelves on Pinterest that looked fairly basic and straight forward, so I just winged it. I know that sounds crazy, and I suppose I may be a tad...well, crazy. It's just the way my brain works. I'm the same way with fabric. Give me some cotton, thread, and a sewing machine and tell me what you want and I'll figure out a way to make it, but hand me a pattern and it's game over folks! I'm sure there are a boatload of free plans floating around the internet that I could have used for this, but the fact is, I hate plans, and I despise patterns even more. 

Image: TFD Style

Image: TFD Style

Remember on my About page when I told you that I want you to feel that sense of pride you get when you create something beautiful for your home? For this project I enlisted the help of my (then) 7 year old. Take one good look at that smile and tell me she's not proud! 

Because I already had the lumber, screws and stain, I was only out the cost of casters for a piece of furniture that was the perfect fit for the room and for the containers. Do you know how long I would have had to search to find something that was just the right size? Do you know how much money I would have spent to have a custom piece made for me? Want to know what is even cooler than the fact that it fit like a glove? I had been wanting something different in our Dining Room, and since I didn't need the storage for flasks any longer, I measured to see if the shelving unit would fit...and it did! It's like it was made for this exact spot! It wasn't, but it's like it was, which means I don't have to build another one. Can I get a Woot Woot?!? 

Image: TFD Style

Image: TFD Style

I mean, shear perfection my friends. The way the ends line up nicely with the inside of the wainscoting and the center, vertical support hits dead-center on the middle of the wall. Ahh yes, I'll remember this good DIY mojo when I attempt to replace the clawfoot tub faucet for the fifth time this weekend. 

And now for a closer look at some of the items that have found new homes on this shelf.

Image: TFD Style

Image: TFD Style

Image: TFD Style

Image: TFD Style

So to recap:

  1. Building your own furniture ensures the perfect piece for your unique space.
  2. Building your own furniture saves you time and money.
  3. You (and your child laborer) gain a feeling of pride.

Ok, so now I'm curious. Can any of you relate to my hatred for patterns and plans? How do you learn best when it comes to making things? Let me know in the comments :-) 

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