Today I have a dear friend Traci guest posting about how to make cafe style shelves similar to the ones at Ballard Designs.   They are the perfect chunky shelves to showcase any special decor on.

Hi Ya’ll! My name is Traci and I blog at Beneath My Heart.

I am so excited to be doing a blog swap with Beckie today! I know Beckie probably doesn’t want me to, but I just have to take a minute to brag about what an amazing person she is. She’s not only uber talented at all things crafty, but she is a highly motivating and highly inspirational person too. I have watched her blog grow over the past couple of years, and she amazes me by all that she is able to get done. She is definitely a multi-tasker! Beckie is also genuine. I have had the honor of talking to her on the phone several times, and she is as sweet in person (well, in voice) as she is on her blog. Thank you, Beckie for inspiring me to make my blog the best it can be! You are a treasure! {blush…ahhh go on 😉 }

A little about me: I have my Masters in Elementary Education, but I’m currently a stay-at-home mom because these four boys are my life!… I am married to a man who loves DIY projects as much as I do. We have lived in 3 “fixer-uppers” and have thoroughly enjoyed the process of making each one our own. One of the projects we are currently working on in our home (which is for sale, btw), is our laundry/mud room. My husband added this room to our garage to hopefully help our home sell. We did a board and batten treatment on the walls, which I love. IMG_81032-450x600 You can see that tutorial HERE. I was wanting a shelf above the washer and dryer, so I decided to make one similar to the ones I had made for our kitchen. I made these after being inspired by the ones I saw in Ballard Designs catalog. cafeshelves You can see the tutorial for these shelves, HERE. The shelf I was going to make for my laundry room would be a little bit bigger, and I wanted to paint it white to match the board and batten. Here are the supplies I used:

1. Two corbels from Home Depot (on clearance for $4.00 a piece!) Home Depot has the best supply of corbels anywhere, btw!

2. A piece of wood for the shelf. (I bought a solid pine panel at Lowe’s for $9.50.)

3. Trim for the edges of the shelf. I bought some at Lowe’s for about $6.00. You can pick whatever type of trim you like.

First, I had to cut the trim at a 45 degree angle for the corners of my shelf. saw I used my husbands power saw, but you can use a simple miter box instead. I marked where I needed the trim to stop on the back of my shelf. IMG_8632 Then I cut the trim for the back of my shelf using a straight cut. 0 degree After cutting my trim pieces, I nailed them to the wood shelf.


When you nail the trim on, it will leave little nail holes in your wood. Just fill them up with some wood filler.

The back of the corbels look like this…

I screwed two wood screws into my board and batten and attached the corbels. Then I used a little bit of elbow grease to pound down on the corbels until they were attached. 🙂 IMG_8640

Next, I used screws to attach the shelf to the corbels.


Notice the notches in the wood shelf? My hubby had to do those to make the shelf sit flat against the wall. All I had left to do was paint it white!


I was able to make this shelf for less than $25.00. Not bad! I am not exactly sure how I want to accessorize yet, but I put a few things on my new shelf for this post.


The little white bowl is for all the loose change I find in pockets!


The little blue fan was a $3.00 yard sale find.

ballard designs cafe shelves

shelf with corbels

I have a few more things to do to complete my laundry room and will be revealing it in a couple of weeks. I hope you stop by my blog again to see the finished project.

Well, it sure was fun hanging out over here today with all of you crafty people! Thank you, Beckie, for letting me stop by! I would love for you to come over and see Beckie at my blog. I am so excited to share her goodness with my readers!

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Have a blessed day! Traci

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  1. Great job Traci! I LOVE that little blue fan…great find! 🙂 You guys did such a great job on your laundry room…love it! 🙂

  2. Traci, your laundry room is shaping up to be a beautiful space! Who knew a laundry room could look so good?

    And you're right about Beckie. Beckie, you may blush, but you really are amazing!

  3. That looks like such a wonderful yet simple project! You did a great job and I agree, Beckie is super awesome. 🙂

  4. Great guest post! I follow your blog and love it! I can't wait for you laundry room reveal!

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