How To: Build a Little Shelf Beside Your Microwave (or Anywhere!)

About: There is nothing I love more then making something new and usable again that someone else would have thrown out or torn down!

Hey guys! So, we’ve built our kitchen sink base, our island, our cabinets, our pantry and now we’re moving on to finishing off those cabinet with a beside the microwave little shelf. Anyone can build this shelf, it is a very simple project but I wanted to add it here on the blog as a tutorial because, quite frankly, we all can use more shelves in our lives. Like most of my choices when it comes to what I build, mostly (if I can) I utilize what I have on hand which is why I built this little guy out of 1x8s that we had left over from trimming out some of the door frames in the house! If I had had a little more material etc. I would have probably chose to build this out of 3/4″ plywood so I could have brought the shelf out to the exact depth of the cabinet above it. But I’m happy with how this turned out!

Step 1: Take Your Measurements

First thing was first, I needed to measure the height of the microwave and determine all of my dimensions then head to the garage to get to cutting my materials!

Step 2: Make Your Cuts

Once cut it was as simple as screwing the entire unit together. I would strongly urge you (especially if you’re using boards as opposed to plywood) to pre drill your holes if you’re going to be using screws like I did. Boards like to split – as we’ve all come to learn the hard way… MANY times.

Step 3: Tack It Together

I used screws because I wanted this shelf as sturdy as possible. I have no plans on putting anything heavy on it but I build things to last around here as best that I can. Moving on, with it all screwed together it was time to paint!

Step 4: Paint and Finish

Like with all of my kitchen cabinets (and everything in my kitchen actually) I put two coats of poly acrylic on this little shelf to make it as easy as possible to clean! Besides that I just did two coats of our flat white trim paint that I’ve also used on just about everything else. Some day perhaps I should branch into color… Once it was dry I secured it with screws through the top, into the cabinet above it. The design of this little shelf was entirely on the knowledge that I could not secure it into the wall behind it because of plumbing pipes!

Step 5: Attach It in Place!

And there we have it! A nice little (and rather sturdy) shelf beside our microwave! For now, it is showcasing some of the hydrangeas from our wedding but I’m thinking this might be a nice place for just about anything we could want within easy reach beside our stove! Thanks for stopping by!



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