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.

Before

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.

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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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6 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 http://www.caravanshoppe.com. 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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