Dustin’s DIY – LOVE Shelf

Build this lovely letter shelf with scraps of wood for $5!
By Dustin Bates

Whenever we’re scouring the aisles of Habitat for Humanity Restore for items we can transform, we always look for scraps of wood. Buying wood new can be expensive, but we scored all the pieces in the before shot below for a mere $5! The pieces were in a bin with a bunch of other trim and spindles and odds and ends, so it might take a little patience to find as many pieces as you need, but at that price, we’re OK with digging.

I love the idea of reusing good solid wood—and keeping it out of landfills—for projects like this shelf. With a little time and planning, you could turn almost any word into a shelf that really is a work of art. We left this one raw wood because we loved the rustic knots, but you could stain or paint any piece to fit your décor.

Dustin’s DIY is sponsored by Habitat for Humanity Kansas City Restore.

Dustin started Varsity Construction after graduating college in 2005. He builds new construction and remodels homes. He also builds small furniture pieces in his spare time. If you have a DIY construction project you’d like him to discuss, send it to erin@vintagekcmag.com.