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Painted Wall Shelf

Build this simple wooden wall shelf using only a screwdriver, and then put it to work the next day.

Shelf above desk with model

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Screwdriver
  • 120-grit sandpaper


  • 2 pine shelf brackets, #64384
  • 1-in x 12-in x 4-ft poplar board, #1105
  • #8x1-1/2-in flathead wood screws
  • Wall anchors as needed
  • Valspar Signature latex paint; Kiwi Splash (CI-237)

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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You can cut the shelf board to a length that fits your space, but avoid spanning more than 4 feet between the brackets.

Step 1

If necessary, cut the shelf to length or have a Lowe's associate do this for you. Sand the shelf smooth and wipe clean. Also, sand any rough spots on the brackets. Apply three coats of paint to the brackets and shelf board.

Step 2

Screw one bracket to the wall 3/4-in lower than you want the shelf height. If the bracket isn't over a wall stud, mark the screw hole locations and install wall anchors according to the manufacturer's directions.

Step 3

About 42 inches (for a 4-ft shelf) from the center of the first bracket, center the second bracket and screw it in position.

Good to Know

If you don't have a level, measure to make sure both brackets are the same distance from the floor or ceiling.

Step 4

Rest the shelf centered on both brackets. If you're concerned that heavy objects may tip the shelf off, add a couple drops of glue to the wall-mounted brackets before adding the shelf.