Apparently, this week is all about essential oils. Wednesday I showed you the October Simply Earth Unboxing, and I’m way too excited about these DIY Essential Oil Shelves to wait another week to share them with you. So this week’s all for you, Oily Mama! Grab your tea and get excited about storing your ever growing collection of essential oils!
If you’ve been following along on my stories you will have seen that as a part of our kitchen reno I’m creating a nice little command center for our family, more details on that soon! I thought I was almost done, but after using our diffusers full force lately I realized the little box I’ve been storing our essential oils in can no longer contain our growing collection, thank you Simply Earth subscription box for sending me 4 new ones every month! Naturally, I decided to take on the DIY project and make a shelf, or 2, and incorporate it into the command center.
I find a lot of oil shelves to be very large. They look great, but they take up quite a bit of wall space. These DIY essential oil shelves are perfect because they’re only 2 inches wide. This way you’re able to display all of your oils while still being able to read and easily access all of them, and the doweling keeps everything in place. You’re busy enough with your #MomLife, you don’t need to waste your time digging through to search for that one oil and end up accidentally knocking something over.
DIY Essential Oil Shelves
Although I used power tools to make these shelves, I’ve adapted the instructions so that anyone can easily make them using some wood glue and a couple of screws for the brackets. If you feel confident using power tools you can cut the pieces of wood yourself, and drill a hole for the small piece of doweling to securely fit in (if you’re doing this, lengthen the doweling to be the full 30″ length of your shelves).
I designed these shelves to be 30″ long so that they are the same width as the countertop in our command center. Feel free to adjust the width to suit the needs of your space. As I said, I used a couple of saws to cut the exact pieces that I needed. If you don’t have access or aren’t comfortable using power saws, ask the associate at the hardware store to cut the pieces for you. Generally, they’re super helpful and willing to help you out, just make sure you check out the special notes section so you know exactly what to ask for.
If sanding isn’t your thing, you can probably skip or minimize this step if you’re painting your shelves or going for a more distressed look. If this is the route you’re going to go, make sure you are buying finished wood (generally found inside the store), and not raw wood (generally found outside in the lumber yard).
The supplies listed are for making 2 shelves. If you’re only making one, you can cut the number of supplies you need in half.
- 2 Pieces of wood 28.5″ x 2″ x 3/4″ *
- 4 Pieces of wood 2″ x 2″ x 3/4″ *
- 2 Pieces of 3/8″ doweling 28.5″ long
- Wood glue
- Stain or paint in your choice of colour**
- Medium grit sandpaper
- Fine grit sandpaper
- 4 small corner brackets
- 8 screws
- 4 wall anchors
- Sand your wood with the medium grit sandpaper. Make sure you are sanding the edges so they have the same type of roundness to them.
- Wipe everything down with a paper towel or cloth, and sand everything with your fine grit sandpaper. Wipe everything down again.
- Glue a 2″ block on each side of the long piece of wood. Repeat for the 2nd shelf.
- Glue the doweling between the 2″ blocks. You want the doweling to sit near the front of the shelf so it keeps them from falling off.
- Let the glue dry and sand away any excess glue.
- Follow the instructions to stain or paint your shelves.
- Attach the brackets to the bottom of your shelf with the screws.
- Use the wall anchors and remaining screws to attach your shelf to your wall.
*Most hardware stores won’t have 2″ wide wood. You will likely have to take a wide piece of wood, I used 5″, and have it cut lengthwise to get the 2″ deep shelves.
**To make this DIY super easy use spray paint and skip the paintbrush.
I am so happy with how these DIY essential oil shelves turned out! They are a nice way to keep all of my essential oils organized and look great in our command center. Make sure you pin this for future DIY fun.
I also love seeing your creations. If you make these, I want to see! Please share your creations on social media and tag me @JannineMacKinnon with #RelatableMotherhood.