Thursday, March 24, 2011

Knock off Ballard Cafe Shelves

I am very excited to show you my latest project!

I love the Ballard cafe shelves but for $49-$79 each I just had to make my own and I am glad that I did.

I made them both for about $15 each! YES! thats $30 for both!!!!
Here they are!!!!!

 Here are the ones from Ballard.

 You will need:

Primed MDF board( I chose 6 inch) and I cut them 2 feet long (to fit in the spot they were going)
Moulding ( I got 2 1/4)
Corbels or brackets (4 total) these were like $3 each)
white primer
white paint
nail gun and 2 inch nails
wood glue
Painters putty
saw to cut your board and moulding.
You can have your wood cut at Lowes/Home Depot, but I cut mine.

I glued the brackets to my board and then naild them and let dry
 sidfe view- I put the brackets in about 2 inches from the edge of the board.
 Then I cut the moulding (which took a few tries to get a perfect fit) then glued and nailed, and let dry
 Then I filled in all the holes and inperfections with painters putty and you guessed it..... let it dry.
Then I primed and painted and hung up. Thats it's all done and for a lot cheaper than Ballards!
I just love my shelves.
 They really are simple you can make some too!

Thanks have a great day!


  1. These shelves look amazing! Thank you for the tutorial!

    Warm Wishes,

    I'm your newest follower, I would love for you to stop sometime!

  2. What great shelves- you did a fantastic job on them! They looks so much like the inpiration pics at Ballard- well done! Would love for you to come share at Feathered Nest Friday sometime- these are great! :)

  3. Wow = I love the Ballard shelves and yours look just like them! What a great job!

  4. GREAT job on the shelves!! They look just like the ones in Ballard! I enjoyed looking over some of your past projects as well!
    (I found you at the Nester!!)

  5. Could I please hire you to come make everyting in my house cute :) You are AMAZING!!!!!

  6. Thanks for all of the comments and the new followers! You guys are the BEST! Really I mean it. I really love to come visit all of your blogs too! Have a great day! And think spring!-even though it is snowing outside, grrrrrrrrr!

  7. Beautiful job! I love those shelves and thanks for the instructions to make. I am going to do this project. You inspired me. Thanks so much. Karie

  8. Awesome job on the shelves! Thanks for the tutorial - I need to make some for my master bathroom.

  9. Just stopping back by to say thanks for sharing at FNF! :) Hope you'll share again sometime! :)

  10. Lindsay, these are so adorable! I love the chunky molding you much better than Ballards :) These turned out great!

  11. those look awesome, and i love how you have them set up- soft and pretty and spring-like!
    thanks for your nice comment, by the way! :)

  12. I got two very similar shelves, only without the molding on the front and sides at my goodwill for $1.99 for the both of them. They are already a nice dark wood, but the rest of the furniture where i want them is black, but id like to stain them a dark walnut or do them black too.. i have no idea what i want to do with them but i need to make up my mind already!!

  13. Oh my gosh, these are so perfect! I like yours even better than the Ballard ones because the brackets are shorter.
    Thanks for the tutorial - maybe I'll get brave and make a set! Yikes!

  14. Saw these over at KnockOff Decor... they look great! Amazing how retailers charge so much for things that are basically simple,huh...