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diy project: rachel’s rustic log shelves

by Kate Pruitt

sometimes all we need to make a room seem completely new is a quick change: moving pillows from one room to the next, switching up wall art, or perhaps adding a small display to a bare wall. this easy log shelf project seems like the perfect addition to a room if you’re looking for a refreshing change. rachel found these great cut logs on a vacation to tahoe, and was smart enough to snatch them up and bring them home to create these display shelves. it just goes to show that even on vacation, it’s wise to keep an eye out for elements in nature that we can bring into our home. great job, rachel! –kate

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– log (any length, about 6″ circumference)

– table saw or hand saw (if you feel uncomfortable with saws, you can also take this to a local lumberyard and ask them to cut it for you. rachel was able to get all of these pieces cut for her for $20.)

– “L” shaped brackets (these are simple white  5″ versions, and are available at most hardware stores. you can also find decorative brackets at home decor stores like restoration hardware or anthropologie)


1. Cut off the outer edges on opposite sides of the log, so that you have two flat edges and two rounded edges to the log.

2. Slice the log into 1 – 2″ thick slabs,  which will leaving two edges with the bark.

3. Choose the side you want to face out and be displayed, and leave the bark on this face. Slice off the opposite face so the back of the shelf (the edge that attaches to the wall) is clean and flat. Now you have a flat back edge and a flat top and bottom, but  sides and front edge are rough.

4. Mark a level line on your wall and install brackets. Then screw brackets into the bottom of the shelf.


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