plant babies cactic dolls head planters kitchen shelf

Scaffolding Board Shelves

May 3, 2017Susan

Today I’m sharing a recent update we’ve done in the kitchen.

vintage jars kitchen shelf

Our kitchen is over two years old now and it is from Ikea. They also installed it for us, and I’m still in love with the space we created. It is so much more usable than what it was like when we first moved in.

Click to see the “Before” photos of our kitchen!

I love an open look in the kitchen and have always loved having shelves rather than cabinets. Originally we installed these Limhamn shelves after seeing them in one of Ikea’s brochures. (I think these are now discontinued)

I liked them for a while but my other half was never keen. They never joined up properly as you can see on the left of this photograph.

open kitchen shelves

I wanted longer shelving too. To go completely across the wall, finishing close to the patio doors.

(please excuse all the stuff on the worktop in this shot!)

ikea kitchen white and wood

We wanted something rustic, a bit industrial and of course, affordable.

vintage industrial kitchen shelves scaffolding boards

Hello scaffolding board shelving!

rustic industrial vintage look kitchen with plants

We found these at B&Q in the perfect length that would fit the wall. B&Q do them in two lengths and we went for the shorter one here. At £11.82 these are a real bargain. The wood is incredibly strong and to buy this sized plank normally you’d be looking at paying at least three times the price.

We teamed the scaffolding boards with simple black Ikea brackets at £2 each. Ekby Valter bracket

open shelves in ikea kitchen using scaffolding boards planks

Before assembling the shelves I treated the wood with a good coating of Ikea’s Behandla wood treatment oil. We do our worktops every 6-12 months with this too. It gives a healthy sheen to the wood whilst protecting it.

So for just under £40 we have shelves that are WAY better than our previous ones in every way!

I’d love to hear if you’ve ever used scaffolding boards in a project? Or has this post inspired you to do so?

plant babies cactic dolls head planters kitchen shelf

If you’d like to see more posts about my kitchen CLICK HERE.

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Comments (27)

  • Kirsty

    May 3, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I love these!!!! They look so much nicer and I can’t believe how cheap they were too!!!! X

    1. Susie

      May 3, 2017 at 10:22 am

      Yey! Relatively easy too

  • Hairwonderfulday

    May 3, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Love the look of your kitchen – so cosy, sort of reminds me of Scandinavian vibes (obviously Ikea!). And I spotted some great vegan cook books;) xx

    1. Susie

      May 3, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Aw thanks so much- yeah I’m not vegan (yet) but have dairy and egg allergy so vegan dishes (esp cakes) really help

  • Candy Pop

    May 3, 2017 at 8:47 am

    It’s lovely – your open shelves look great. I always enjoy seeing your bits and bobs! x

    1. Susie

      May 3, 2017 at 10:19 am

      Thanks Natasha! I love faffing with my shelf things!

  • Anna International

    May 3, 2017 at 11:22 am

    They look amazing! I am planning to use scaffold boards in our kitchen but was going to go for reclaimed (which can be really expensive) but actually these look fabulous too, and way easier to source! I may have to pinch this idea! x

    1. Susie

      May 3, 2017 at 11:35 am

      Ah please help yourself! Thanks love

  • Stacey Sheppard

    May 3, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Wow, they do look so much better! Great choice and very attractive price too. Is that the Hotpoint Curve mini microwave I can see on your worktop?

    1. Susie

      May 3, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Its similar – Whirlpool Max!

  • Karen – Making Spaces

    May 3, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    They looks SOOOO much better. Good call. I do love the open shelving look. And those black brackets from Ikea are fab too!

    1. Susie

      May 3, 2017 at 8:11 pm

      Such a classic arent they

  • Diane

    May 3, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    What a cool and affordable idea! I love the idea of having open shelving 🙂 x

  • Luci

    May 3, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    OMG i LOVE that kind of shelving! I’ve totally gotta remember the B&Q hack for a beautiful and affordable version too <3

    1. Susie

      May 3, 2017 at 8:12 pm

      Ah yes! Thanks so much

  • Jules

    May 3, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    What a bloody bargain! They look fab! Great seeing the before shots of your kitchen too – you’ve transformed it! And love that mustard crockery in one of your photos here too – the colour! Xx

    1. Susie

      May 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm

      Ah thanks Jules! Its been a labour of love!

  • Kate

    May 4, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Fab transformation hun, and what a bargain too!

  • Rachael | Helpless Whilst Drying

    May 5, 2017 at 10:45 am

    I love this as an idea! I’ve been thinking of what I can do in my beauty room to give myself a bit more space and feel less cluttered, and this is a fab and inexpensive idea!
    I love these in the kitchen but think they’d work really well in a home office as well!
    Thanks for sharing

    1. Susie

      May 6, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      Yes! They’d work anyway I think! Thanks for stopping by x

  • Perdita

    May 5, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Lovely. I need some open shelving too!

  • Lazy Daisy Jones

    May 6, 2017 at 9:26 am

    … darling hello…
    Inspired by you I now have some in my office, to hold my vintage polaroid collection!
    Marc made me the brackets, and they look super.
    Thank you so much for the inspiration, I had planned to do this for sometime but after seeing how wonderful yours looked we just went for it….
    ashley xx

    1. Susie

      May 6, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      Ah thats great! I saw in your IG Stories about the brackets xx

  • Geraldine

    May 8, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    They look great for your space and such a great price too. x

  • Daniel

    May 15, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    These are definitely so much easier on the eye than standard kitchen shelves. Love them!

  • Claire

    May 28, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Love your shelves. I just recently picked up an old scaffolding shelf from a skip, which I sanded and varnished and then added legs from an old chair to create a fabulous bench. I’m now really taken with the boards and I’m on the hunt for more to reclaim.

    1. Susie

      May 28, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      That sounds brilliant!

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