DIY Stained Wood Shelving Unit {Laundry Room Progress}

Do you ever feel like you could easily renovate and/or decorate your home
if you just had a little more free time and perhaps a bit more in the budget?
Even if we really love DIY projects, (and the thought of a trip to the hardware
store makes us giddy) we all sometimes just want a project to take less than
3 1/2 years to complete.
Seriously, a girl can dream.  But maybe if the options were endless, and money 
was no object, I may not complete anything due to sheer sensory overload.
When we do the very best with what we have been blessed with, we seem to 
be able to pull off the impossible.  To create something beautiful from humble 
ingredients connects us with each, and our roots.
When I repaint a dresser for the 9th time…
Or make a pair of jeans last just a little bit longer…
I feel like my Grandma Edith is right there with me.
I think about the apple crates they sat on instead of kitchen chairs
while they saved their money and bought more land to farm.
And rinsing out a milk carton to use it again.
And the very best way to peel a peach.
While there is no peach tree in my backyard, and it’s been a while
since I saved a milk carton.  Those lessons are never far away.
And I use those gifts, just like you, in many different ways.
So for me, living well with what I have, and painting that dresser 
again is not only thrifty, but it’s fun.  And while I would love to 
have a few things DONE already around this suburban farmhouse…
there is a joy that comes from getting your hands a little dirty.
Stirring up a little dust, and making a mess.
I didn’t have to stir up much dust to update this organizer
which used to be a wire stand I kept an office printer on.

This organizer is going to be part of my laundry room makeover, and I was
able to try out a Minwax stain I have been wanting to use for a while.

I purchased a wide piece of pine lumber at The Home Depot, and the
Minwax stain in Classic Gray as well.  I had the lumber cut to fit each
shelf of the wire shelving unit I already had at home.  They sell these as
well for less than $20.

I used one good coat of stain on the wood, allowing it to dry well.
I loved the pretty gray color so much, with just enough warm pine
color peeking thru, it was perfect!

In case you missed it, here is the laundry room before…yeah…it’s bad:

My idea board (much better right?!):

So a smaller version of a wire and wood shelving unit is complete, that will fit just 
perfect in this space, and hopefully make it a bit less wonky.  
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  1. that's a very nice stain color. Yo go girl!!

  2. Wow. Your shelf looks great and so close to the one on your inspiration bord. I love the stain color too!

    Jennifer @ Decorated Chaos

  3. I think it looks great! New visitor from Furniture Friday -Miss Mustard Seed-have a nice weekend 🙂 Jennifer

  4. It looks fantastic. I so agree with you using up what we have. Sometimes I am so amazed at all the things I find that people throw away!

  5. I totally agree with your sentiments about doing the best we can with what we have. You always manage to create something beautiful and inspiring, Tanya! Sometimes we get tired! You always inspire me to press on create the kind of homes we want NOW, using what's available to us in our current situation. I really appreciate that!
    That being said-I have never lived in a home with an

  6. Great way to use the black shelf style and jazz it up! FYI, ROSS had some trio baskets like your mood boards ones for le cheap 😉 Recently too 🙂

  7. love love love this look! Great makeover. Now I want one of those shelves!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. I have a wire shelf just like this one, I use it in my craft room. I just measured it the other day so I could get some wood for each shelf. I would love for you to share this at the Krafty Inspiration Thursday Link Party over at Krafty Cards etc.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. This is such a great idea, Tanya! I have a wire shelving unit sitting in my backyard that I use for a greenhouse setup in springtime, and I HATE that my little seedling pots always tip over because the won't sit correctly on the shelves. This is a simple but brilliant solution! Thanks for sharing!

  10. What a fabulous (and CUTE!) way to add some personality to some otherwise ho-hum shelves. Metal and wood = delicious!

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