I love leather belts. I love rustic wood planks. So…..why not put them together into some useful (and chic) shelving. I was truly shocked how easy this was to put together, an impressive DIY for any of you putting off your first project!
2 – 2” x 8”x 44” boards, reclaimed is great, but the hardware store will gladly cut new ones for you.
4 – XL leather belts
12 – 2” screws
12 – washers
Stand your boards on end and mark 6” in from each end on both sides of each board. This should give you 32” between the two lines. By doing this, the belts will line up with the studs in your walls and when you go to hang them life will get a lot easier. Feel free to adjust the sizes if you’re going into a solid wood wall or beam or just make sure to use wall anchors.
Latch the end of one belt into the buckle of another so you have one super long belt. Repeat with the other pair. Just make sure to use the same hole on each so they’re the same length. Lay one of them over your boards, centering them on the lines you made. Position the buckle 14” up from the shelf. Attach the belt using a screw and washer.
Flip the shelves over, wrap the belt tightly under the bottom shelf and screw it to the shelf at your 32” pencil mark. Measure up 13” and screw into the top shelf. Your second buckle will probably end up somewhere between the two shelves.
Now buckle the belt on each side and you’re ready to hang. Use a screw and washer at the top and go right into a stud as I mentioned before. Once you have two screws in at the top of each belt, add two more screws and washers a bit further down on the wall for additional support.
Now see how easy and fabulous that was.