CREATE YOUR OWN DIY HANGING ROPE SHELVES WITH SCRAP BOARD AND LEFTOVER SUPPLIES!
Hi sweet SI family, thanks for joining me. It’s one of my favorite days of the month! I’m joining my Trash To Treasure Crew for some creative makeovers!! I’ll be sharing links to their before and after tutorials at the bottom of today’s post.
For today’s T2T project, I thought it would be fun to do something with the other half of last month’s magazine table.
This was one of those projects I wasn’t so sure about. You know the ones. You work on something. Look at it halfway through and think… hmmm… it’s okay… I guess.
But once I hung these shelves and styled them, I think they’re adorable!
If you’re in the market for a super inexpensive shelving solution, this could be it! The size and materials are all customizable and it’s a great way to use up salvaged products so it hardly costs a thing!
Here’s what I started with.
Here’s the tabletop now…
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DIY HANGING ROPE SHELF
STEP 1 – STRIP EXISTING TOPCOAT
I started by stripping the existing finish off the tabletop with CitriStrip. I wanted a raw wood look rather than the existing old poly finish.
TIP~ When using stripper (it doesn’t matter what brand) on your first pass if it doesn’t strip off all the original finish, take the used goop and place it on top of the area that needs more stripping. Let it sit and do its thing for an appropriate time. Then scrape off. The goop will take off any remaining finish. Looks gross, but it works… and saves time and product.
STEP 2 – SAND
I sanded with a 220 grit sandpaper to even out the finish.
STEP 3 – MEASURE AND CUT SHELVES
I measured the tabletop and cut two pieces from each end. Each piece measures 15″ x 6.5″. The size is totally customizable to you. The shelves can be as small or large as you like so long as the rope and hanging mechanism are strong enough to hold it.
Once I had my shelf measurements marked off, I cut the two shelves.
STEP 4 – MEASURE AND DRILL HOLES
For the rope holes, I measured 1″ in from either side on each corner. A speed square or measuring tape work nicely.
I clamped the two shelves together and was sure to use a drill bit large enough to allow my rope to fit through.
TIP~ A little larger hole is fine but don’t make it too large. A knot will be holding the shelf up so you don’t want it too large otherwise the knot will slip through. (see next step)
STEP 5 – CUT ROPE, THREAD AND TIE KNOTS
On a trip to Rochester NY, we stopped at a garage sale and I picked up the massive role of twine rope for $5!
I measured and cut two lengths of 60 inches. I’ve included a diagram below to share how I came up with the 60″ however
- depending on the size of your shelves
- how much space you’d like in between each shelf
- how many shelves you add
will depend on the size of the rope length required. I would suggest cutting a little extra for the knots and any oopsies that may take place.
To start, I tied a knot (for the bottom front shelf )and threaded the unknotted side up through the drilled hole. Once the bottom shelf was resting on the knot, I measured 10″ using green painters tape to mark the ‘spot’ and tied another knot. Then threaded the rope through the second shelf so it was sitting on the knot.
Think of a ladder. The rope is the side rails and the knots are whats holding the steps in place.
I then measured 16″, folded the rope over (this is where it attaches to the wall hook) and brought it down 16″ threading it through the top of the second shelf. I tied a knot for the second shelf to rest on and then threaded the unknotted end through the top of the bottom shelf and tied the last knot. The entire first side was complete and I repeated these steps on the second side.
STEP 6 – FINISHED TOUCHES
For the finishing touch, I used this Tobacco Road Gel Stain to slightly darken and even out the existing stain.
I also frayed the ends of the twin rope by pulling the pieces apart and combing them out with my fingers.
STEP 7 – HANG AND LEVEL
The last step is to hang and level. I used a simple screw hook and crisscrossed the two loops to create this look.
This magazine rack table made two totally unique looks from one old piece of furniture.
Last month’s planter restyle…
And this month’s DIY Hanging Rope Shelf…
And now for some TRASH TO TREASURE FUN!
I know you’re going to LOVE what this talented team of ladies share. They never cease to surprise me with their creativity! Below are their BEFORE photos. Visit the links underneath to see the amazing AFTERS and to learn how they did it!
I’m heading over to take a peek right now myself! x
5. Salvaged Inspirations (I’m so happy you’re here!!)
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THESE HANGING SHELVES…I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU!
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Wishing you a beautiful day filled with inspiration and Happy Painting friends!
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