Scrap Wood Shelves - Assembly Required!

Have you ever had scrap wood lying around and had the urge to throw it away?  It’s tempting for sure.  No one likes a garage or shed cluttered with random leftovers from a previous project.

Recently, we received some (free!) plywood from our friend who was cleaning a newly-vacated property.   We’ve talked about installing a fresh layer of plywood flooring in our shed, and that thought became a reality this past week.  However, we had 2 big pieces leftover from the shed floor redo… more scrap wood…

The Problem

Recently, our kitchen has begun its transformation into a utility room.  We had to remove some counters and cabinets to start this process.  Forward motion is exciting, but we’ve removed about 12 feet of counter space.   Erin and I have had to put kitchen items in other rooms while we figure out a solution.  Sounds like a daily struggle?  You bet!   The microwave doesn’t belong in a bedroom – trust me.


This weekend, I had a moment of clarity.  Why not build some shelves above our beverage fridge to add some storage space?  Many of you know that I’m a music teacher.  I know what you are thinking… a music teacher trying to build shelves?!  Maybe I should stick to my day job…


The beverage fridge is 33 inches tall.  I envisioned an open shelving unit on legs.  Fortunately, we had some leftover 2x4s from disassembled pallets.  I had to remove all nails and use the miter saw to make 34 inch legs.  You could, of course, use a regular 2×4.  This tutorial is based on MY scrap wood and serves as inspiration to look at your own lumber.   After that, I measured the length and width of the fridge to cut 2 shelves from the leftover plywood.  I added 3 inches to the length so the legs could fit around the fridge.  Remember that microwave in the bedroom?  Early into this project, I had a light bulb moment and measured the microwave (10 inches tall) so it would fit into the bottom shelf.  Thus, I cut down 2 side panels to boost the top shelf with enough clearance for the microwave.

Here are my pieces after measuring and cutting.


Since I used materials with rough edges (plywood and pallet wood), I used an orbital sander to smooth the rough spots.  We don’t have children yet, but I’m sure this type of project is dangerous for splinters.  After sanding, I painted with a latex paint.  You could use the paint sprayer, but I went old school and used a brush.  Since our lower cabinets are black, I figured that was the answer.

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DIY: Easy Guide to Cutting Plexiglass

Before our Thanksgiving blogging break, Aaron and I were showing you all the progress on our storm windows.  We’re finally nearing the finish line and are excited to share Part II with you soon!  During the planning stages, we were most apprehensive of cutting plexiglass to insert into the frames.  We knew that not finding the right technique could result in a very costly disaster.  We found it much more cost effective to buy and cut down large sheets of plexiglass than to buy smaller and trim but, either way, cutting was not optional.  Cutting the plexiglass turned out to be one of the easiest steps in the entire storm window building process!CuttingPlexiGlass

We thought a tutorial on cutting plexiglass was in order.  Now that we know how easy it is to cut, we’re hoping to use it in other projects around the house and hoping you guys can find some awesome uses for plexiglass to enhance your home or crafting projects!

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