Outdoor Rustic Shelf

I have been collecting tea pots and small terra cotta pots from thrift stores over the last few weeks, with the idea to eventually plant them with succulents and display them on an outdoor shelf. When I saw Shanty 2 Chic’s outdoor shelf, I knew I could build my own version from scrap wood! At the end of the day, I think this project cost me about $1 (minus the masonry bit I bought to hang it on my exterior stucco wall).

You can head over to Shanty 2 Chic for a complete tutorial. I pretty much followed their project exactly as instructed, but instead of 2×6’s I used 1×6’s, since that is what I had available.

Just a few cuts and I was joining boards with the Kreg Jig.

Kreg Jig

Shelves After facing the shelves using wood glue and a finishing nailer, I filled the holes with wood filler and added one layer of flat black spray paint. If you don’t have this tool, you have to get yourself one. No compressor needed, it runs off the universal battery pack that other Ryobi tools do. I love it!!

Spray Paint

I distressed the edges slightly and added a Jute rope for hanging.

I bought a masonry bit at the local hardware store and hung the shelf from a ceiling hook.


And here is the finished shelf. I love the succulents, such a great low maintenance way to add some life to a boring wall.

Straight shot shelf

My view in the evening :-)

Shelf at night

I used left over spray paint on some of the pots above. If you haven’t seen my previous spay paint posts, click here, here and here.

It took me roughly one “naptime” to complete this project.

What do you think of the black??

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  1. Pingback: Twirl & Take a Bow Party~#48 - House on the Way

    • Another feature!! Thanks Leslie :-). Everyone should check out her blog, it’s fabulous!!

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