Since I’m a huge homebody (typical Cancer…), I very much need my home to be aesthetically pleasing. I love collecting furniture pieces that are unique – I especially love when items have that vintage-y feel to it. Don’t get me wrong, I love shopping in places like Home Goods, but I often ask myself, “I can make that, am I really going to pay $150 for it?” Not likely.
I have so many potions and powders for my recipes, so I wanted to make a shelf in my kitchen where everything could go, since my windowsill was no longer cutting it. Along with these ‘recipe staples’ were some balanced bella dishes I use for photographing my meals which I wanted to store separately from my everyday dishes.
Hurricane Sandy took a lot from many people, including our beloved boardwalk. This winter, however, the boardwalk began washing up on our shores here on Rockaway Beach. I had given Justin a visual of what I wanted my shelf to look like, so when he spotted boardwalk wood resting on the sand after a tumultuous year and a half journey, he picked it up and brought it home. Luckily for me, he’s a high school teacher with a wood shop in his building and was able to take the wood to work, let it dry out for weeks, and then begin playing with it. So I suppose this is more of a DIY by Justin project, because truthfully all I did was order the shelf racks from Etsy! But shh. My point is, you may not have a wood shop, but any kind of base will do – my next shelf project is going to be a bunch of twigs tied with twine, resting on shelf racks. It’s all about thinking outside the box 😉
After some research, the types of wood used were ipe, Cumaru and greenheart. I couldn’t believe how gorgeous these planks were once they were restored to their original state. As you’ll see in these pictures, the wood was dried out, glued together, planed down, given a plate groove, coated twice, and hung on specialty shelf racks ordered from etsy.com. It was quite the process and I smile every time I walk passed it… ❤