Rustic Shelving Ideas

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Rustic Shelving Ideas
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If you love the look and feel of an old cosy cabin and need to create more space, a rustic shelf may be the answer. Made from simple, natural looking materials, rustic furniture celebrates simplicity and history, but before you redecorate your entire house, start your journey back in time with a rustic shelf to see if the rustic look is one you can live with.

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Natural Woods

If you're hoping for a simple look with minimal work, think about natural woods. Natural wood shelves with no finish or just a little bit are a popular rustic furniture option. For a bit of visual detail, choose lumber for your shelves with a lot of knots or other interesting characteristics. Build a large cabinet or pick up some of your favourite shelf brackets to complete the look. For even more rustic appeal, use rustic brackets created from branches or wrought iron ones.

Reclaimed Wood

With the movement towards being green, reclaimed wood has gained a whole new market, but lovers of rustic furniture have been reclaiming old barn siding for years to use as shelves. Reclaim wood from an old barn or house that's being torn down, or buy reclaimed lumber through a local distributor. For the best rustic effect, choose lumber with a weathered, rough look and match it with wrought-iron brackets.

Textured Wood

For a look that's really rustic, think about using cut logs for shelving with the bark still along the edges. Pieces can often be purchased from lumber mills, if you have one nearby. If a lumber mill isn't an option, old dried bark can be glued to edge of a basic wood board to create a rustic edge. For a finishing touch, use cut branches as brackets to get a completely natural-looking decor.

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