Introduction: Built-in Kitchen Shelves!

About: I am an artist, builder and teacher living in Japan.

I spent my winter vacation building these shelves into the wall of my little kitchen. It's a fun project if you're looking to upgrade your kitchen and have a couple days to burn.

Step 1: The Kitchen Wall!

This is my lovely non-load-bearing "interior" kitchen wall. I jigsawed out a peephole to check where in the world my studs are hiding. My stud finder was acting bonkers on me.

**Be extra cautious of wires in the wall!

Step 2: Cutting Out the Wall!

I found you guys! The opposite side of this wall is your everyday drywall. The side you see is plywood. I used a jigsaw, a mini craft saw and all my patience to cut along the studs.

Step 3: Cutting and Attaching the Molding!

I cut a "molding" type pattern in the wall and used the scrap wood from the wall to cut more pieces. The trim is cedar wood I bought for the shelving.

Step 4: Painting Time!

I went with one coat of a black and brown mixture and then lightly sanded it for a distressed look.

Step 5: Making the Back of the Shelve!

I stained some thin grainy plywood for the back of the shelves and then waxed the whole thing with teak.

Step 6: My Wife Is BOSS!

My wife had an idea of what she wanted on each shelf, so I measured accordingly.

Step 7: Finished!

Furniture Contest 2017

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Furniture Contest 2017