Liven Up Your Wall’s Trickiest Places with this Narrow Display Shelf

By Bruce Johnson

Sometimes finding a piece of artwork or a display shelf to fit a narrow space can be a challenge, but a couple of long pallet boards gave me an idea for a vertical display with three small shelves.

After nailing two strips across the back and gluing the two boards together, I sanded them with #100-grit sandpaper to reveal more of the grain and to smooth any rough edges.

Since our wall is a light blue, I selected Minwax® Water Based Stain in “Charcoal Gray”, which is slightly darker, for my shelving unit.

After it dried, I distressed my pallet wood slightly by sanding off some of the stain, which let even more of the grain show. Afterwards, I glued and nailed each of the three shelves onto the back boards.

I then sprayed two coats of Minwax® Polycrylic™ Protective Finish to give the stain a semi-gloss sheen.

Here is how it looks hanging in our hallway between two doors.

I really like this combination of light and dark colors in the wood, as well as the ‘stepped’ positioning of the two back boards. If you scroll back up, you will see I did the same at the bottom of the shelf.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

About Bruce Johnson

Author-craftsman Bruce Johnson has introduced millions of do-it-yourselfers, craftspeople and antique collectors to the world of wood finishing and antique restoration. As the official spokesperson for Minwax®, the leading manufacturer of wood finishing and wood care products, Bruce motivates people to take the initiative to beautify their surroundings. Through his many books, magazine articles and columns, as well as frequent appearances on national television talk shows, Johnson is recognized as an authority in the do-it-yourself community. Appearing on PBS, HGTV, The Discovery Channel, and currently hosting “DIY Woodworking” and “Build A Log Cabin”, on the DIY cable network, Johnson has brought the illustrious craft of wood finishing to the forefront of the American home.

An expert in wood refinishing, antique restoration, and home improvement, Bruce has published more than a dozen books on these topics, including Fifty Simple Ways To Save Your House, The Wood Finisher, The Weekend Refinisher, and The Official Identification and Price Guide to the Arts and Crafts Movement. For more than 20-years, he penned an antique refinishing advice column, “Knock on Wood,” which ran in dozens of antique/collectibles publications. Currently, he writes a column on Arts & Crafts for Style 1900 magazine.

A rare combination of craftsman and journalist, Johnson began his career as a high school English teacher, but left teaching to set up his “Knock on Wood Antique Repair & Restoration” shop. He spent the next 10 years as a full-time professional refinisher, but eventually returned to writing. Yet, Johnson says, he won’t ever be without a workbench and a couple of refinishing projects down in the basement.

Johnson is also the founder and director of the Arts and Crafts Conference and Antique Show held every February in Asheville, North Carolina, at the Grove Park Inn. The conference, which includes the largest Arts and Crafts antiques show, attracts more than 1500 Arts and Crafts collectors each year to its many seminars, tours, demonstrations and exhibits. Johnson is proud to have played a role in reviving interest in designers like Gustav Stickley, who founded the Arts and Crafts movement. His latest book, “Grove Park Inn Arts & Crafts Furniture,” was awarded the 2009 Thomas Wolfe Literary Award. These furnishings are treasured by such collectors as Steven Spielberg and Bruce Willis, among many others.

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