Thursday, June 14, 2012

Friday’s Favs…my knockoff version of Restoration Hardware’s reclaimedwood and metal shelves


I’m thinking that right about now my handyman son-in-law is thanking his lucky stars that he’s in Ghana, West Africa.

Since the Hubs and I neither one are skilled in the building and power tools area, my son-in-law was my go- to guy when I got a wild  “can you build this for me?” idea in my head.

When I saw Restoration Hardware’s reclaimed wood and metal shelves it was love at first sight.

The almost two thousand dollar price tag was WAY over our budget, and the size way too big for my wee, little house.

Tricia, of A Rosy Note, (one of my most fav bloggers!), knocked my socks off with her knockoff of those shelves.


Still, too big for my small space however.

What I needed was a set that fit in right next to my refrigerator, covering up the side of the fridge that could be seen from both our living room and dining room, and adding much needed storage.

In other words, I needed a tall, skinny version of those shelves.

Enter my hero….

my now Ghanaian living daughter’s best friend and her hubby live not too far from me and he has a playground structure building business. 

I figured if he can build a play structure, surely he can build some shelves.

So, I emailed him some photos with the specs I wanted, and the poor gullible guy said yes!

He did a FABULOUS job!!!

If you live in the Portland/Vancouver area and want his contact info. email me and I’ll hook you up.


We used reclaimed wood for my version of the shelves too.

To paint it white or not, that was the question.

I decided not, because that would kind of defeat the purpose of using reclaimed wood with all of it’s charm and imperfections.


Restoration Hardware’s version has metal grating on the shelves, which we didn’t.

They use galvanized pipe along the back of their shelves, but we used copper pipe.



The shelves were just completed and delivered Tuesday evening.

I’ve already rearranged things on the shelves four times.

Something new to play with! Smile


Love these cute little caster wheels!

I needed these shelves to be easily moveable for when I want to move and clean under or behind the refrigerator.




I’m lovin’ it!

I’m head over heels in fact!


Friday’s coming, friends!

Have a HAPPY, HAPPY Friday


a BLESSED weekend!


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  1. I LOVE it! It's perfect in your spot. I always love having something made just special.

  2. Not only functional, but great looking. Love your decorating ideas.

  3. Cool shelves. I love all the details. :)

  4. Oh mylanta I love it! I have Room and Board's gallery shelving in my dining room which is made from reclaimed lumber and LOVE them. such character....who knew a fridge could be surrounded by such character? :)

  5. What a great shelf! I think it looks amazing, and the wheels not only look cool, they are nifty!

  6. I think I like both your version and the blogger version that inspired you even better than the original. I love knockoffs. I get such a charge out of creativity and thrift working together.

  7. Oh Elizabeth, your shelf turned out wonderful! It looks like you found the perfect spot for it. By the way, I'm seriously coveting all those cutting great those would be for some food photos. xo

  8. LUV LUV LUV this, Elizabeth! What a beautiful job he did! It fits just perfectly in that little alcove. Isn't if fun floofing and refloofing it? I find myself doing the same thing with the frantel in my kitchen. :)

    Thank you so much for the sweet comment you left on my Father's Gift post. You are such a dear. ♥

    xoxo laurie

  9. Exceptionally practical, functional & beautiful! Congratulations on seeing, recognizing and achieving such a fine outcome! Wow!

  10. Wow! Those look so fantastic Elizabeth! He did an incredible job bringing your vision to life. :-) Thanks for sharing this at Inspiration Friday!

  11. It'g gorgeous! I'm so glad you didn't paint it white - it's beautiful as it is! Visiting from Stuff and Nonsense and lovin' your blog!

  12. Just found your blog and am a new follower-LOVE those shelves! I'd love you to stop by my new blog and say hello :)


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