anthropologie inspired shelves. easy on the eyes and wallet.

Favorite store? Hands down, Anthropologie. My other half refuses to go in there with me. Can you blame him? I could wander around that place for hours. In fact, sometimes I do. I love the clothes. I love the decor. I love the dressing room. Ok, I love it all.

As much as I love the place I always walk through thinking, “I could make that.” Well, case in point. We were on a mission to redo our family room {literally empty nooks in the room} and we knew we wanted to add some built-ins. But, I wanted to add something a little unique and be able to accomplish it on a budget. My inspiration? Anthropologie. I found some {amazing, amazing, amazing} brackets that would be perfect for the space, but they came with a hefty price tag.

Brace yourself. This is the empty space we had the pleasure of looking at for months.


Fortunately for me {and you} I found a way to get my anthro look without the anthro price tag. Total cost of project? $21 per shelf. Adorable and a fraction of the cost. How cute are these?

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Good news? Very few materials. A little it of elbow grease and you have some very fancy shelves that don’t have the anthropologie price tag. Love.

final collage shelves

{a few thoughts.}
We chose stair treads to make our shelves 1″ thick verus 1/2″ thick boards.
We also went with a dark walnut stain to match the small office nook in our kitchen.
And, the truth is I found our brackets at Hobby Lobby on sale, so they were only $3.99 instead of $5.99.

 {what to do. oh so easy.}

step 1. stain the wood. both sides. {if necessary, cut the rounded edge of the stair tread first.}
{my trick? paint with a paintbrush and wipe off excess stain. i went with the dark walnut stain. hello, gorgeous.}

shelves step 1

step 2. paint your brackets. {no rhyme or reason.}
I pulled out all of my paints that were in a blue/gray tone and painted each bracket different. I did a total of 8 and wanted them all to be unique. To make it anthro-esque? I painted with a small paintbrush and wiped off with a rag in order to make the black or brown hue from the original bracket show through.

shelves step 2

step 3. measure 6″ in from edge of  shelf and attach bracket with screws to both ends of shelf. Repeat for the number of shelves you are building.
{you may need to adjust your measurements depending on how long your shelves are.}

step 4. done. gorgeous. and, ready to put up. don’t you love?

shelf 1

Look at the difference after. So much better. I seriously smile each time I look at the space. Thanks to my other half who made those beautiful built-ins for me.


shelf 2

shelf 4

Who wouldn’t love a unique shelf that makes a statement? Oh, and is less than $25.

shelf 3

I can’t think of anything better than a little ‘anthropologie’ in my home without the anthro price tag. I admit I smile each time I look at them. So pretty. So cute. So easy.

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7 Responses to anthropologie inspired shelves. easy on the eyes and wallet.

  1. Misty January 17, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    It turned out great! Love the built-ins as well. Now hopefully I can swing my industrial version at the new house 🙂

    • lulu & linen January 17, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

      Oh, I know you will come up with something great!Can’t wait to see it…

  2. frenchrobin January 18, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    Love these shelves. The brackets are so pretty. I especially love the distressed look of them. Great job! I’m currently transforming an ugly office cabinet into something pretty for my kitchen. Wish me luck!

    • lulu & linen January 23, 2014 at 11:47 am #

      Thank you for the sweet words! Good luck on your project… I want to see pictures when you finish! 🙂

  3. Ana July 3, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    Stunning. On my to do list! Also, where did you get the A.A. Milne print?

    • lulu & linen July 3, 2014 at 10:19 am #

      Thanks! So easy and I think they are the perfect addition to any blank wall. And, the A.A. Milne print is one of my favorites. You can find it at Best part? It’s free. They send you a PDF file and you get it printed on an engineered size print at Staples or somewhere similar. I have also purchased some adorable school prints and other goodies. It might just become one of your favorite new shops too!


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