An easy to make kitchen display shelf

I wanted to share something that is fast and easy to put together for those of us that like to see instant results! My last post showed my new kitchen pendant light that I hung, but the area behind it was so bland that I knew I wanted to figure out something interesting to put behind it.

I went to the internet for ideas … I wish I could tell you where exactly I found this photo. Sadly, I just took a screenshot on my phone and cannot credit the rightful owner of this kitchen. My apologies.

Some things that spoke to me in this picture are the shelf, the old scale, and the burlap. So I went to Menards for the metal shelf brackets, bought burlap at Michaels to wrap over the curtain rod that I bought from Target, and when I was visiting a friend in Duluth I found a scale in an antique store. Sounds like more running around than it actually was as I had to go to these stores for other things and I love to find special finds to remind me of great friends and amazing trips.

(Just for the record … this was all before Covid-19)

Before …

After I installed the shelf brackets … I grabbed a 2 x 6 scrap board, and started adding things. I had a pig and the scale that had I bought in Duluth, MN, and I had the colander that I found at Target in the dollar section. I already had the iron wallhanging that I put behind it all. I liked the way it was looking but wanted to find a piece of barn wood to make it look rustic.

Fortunately for me, my boss and his wife had a piece that was just the right size! Thank you Jim and Deb. You both are the best!

There is a natural notch in the wood at just the right place, where the pendant cord hangs. I couldn’t have planned it better if I had tried. I will be redoing the kitchen cabinets and probably the molding around the window so for now I am leaving it the way it is. I hung the burlap but didn’t like the look. Much too rustic for what I had in mind. I am thinking about what I want to have as a window covering. I’m not in a hurry …

Gone is the yellow and in its place is the new interior color that I am painting. You get a sneak peak ☺︎

I hope this finds you all well and happy in your homes as we “Shelter in Place”. Hugs,

5 Responses to "An easy to make kitchen display shelf"

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  1. Kathie Flood

    April 12, 2020 at 10:29 AM

    So cute!

  2. McGill Debra

    April 12, 2020 at 11:50 AM

    Great job BJ- I love it!!

  3. Joy2Journey

    May 6, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    Thank you!

  4. Joy2Journey

    May 6, 2020 at 10:50 AM


  5. Jennifer Jackson

    January 27, 2023 at 9:01 AM

    Hey BJ,

    Where did you get the brackets with the curtain hanger on it? or how did you hang the curtain rod?

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