MINI RANCH HOUSE SHELVES

Hi all! Thanks for waiting patiently while I finished up this project. I mentioned in my last post that I had tackled two projects over the Labor Day weekend…and I did, but I  only totally finished one of them (which was the headboard refinishing).

The other project I started was building some really awesome mini ranch house shelves for my mini chair collection. The whole time I was sanding the Broyhill Brasilia headboard, all I could think about was building these cool little shelves, so as soon as I was done with the headboard I ran out to get some wood and started building.

The trouble was that I didn’t finish by the end of the long weekend. I wanted so desperately to show you all my final product, all done and hanging on the wall with mini-chars and everything but I had only built, stained and finished one of the three ranch house shelves that I wanted to make. I decided to work on building the other two shelves after work this week…which means my kitchen remained a wood shop from Tuesday until last night.

And then late last night I decided on the arrangement and placement of the shelves and took the time to hang them, but the polyurethane wasn’t totally dry! I didn’t dare put the mini chairs on the shelves until everything was dry, so I played the waiting game.

This afternoon, after a week full of designing, building, staining and top coating, the shelves were ready for the chairs…

Ohhh look, I can see them!

Let me tell you, the sight of my mini chair collection on these shelves that I dreamed up and then built myself is pure joy!

I am so excited about them!

Now my mini chairs have a home! (Well, three to be exact)

The grouping of three shelves fits perfectly in the space over the TV.

But I would need to make about 30 more of these to fill the entire orange wall…

Maybe this winter I will have time to make a painting or something to fill the rest of the space. What do you think Leo?

Okay, okay we can go for a walk now Leo!

While I take him out for a spin, I will leave you with one last look at the lovely little ranch house shelves

…I’m so excited about them!

What do you think?

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36 thoughts on “MINI RANCH HOUSE SHELVES

  1. AWESOME is the first word that comes to mind! It was worth the “waiting with baited breath” feeling while you finished and hung … and “furnished” them. So cool and such an ORIGINAL idea! Love them! Go Kate! 🙂

  2. Wow! Very creative. You should submit your vignette to Apartment Therapy Chicago. I bet they’d be all over your idea. You might have yourself an on-line business very soon. 🙂

    • Thanks Greg!

      My husband and my mother both think I should build/sell these on Etsy. Do you think they would be popular with people who didn’t have a mini chair collection in need of housing as well? If I had a few more tools, I could definitely try it…

      • Go for it! I too have been thinking you should try selling them. They’re so cool I came back today just to look at them again. 🙂

      • Thanks Diana!

        That seems to be the consensus among everyone. I have a few busy weeks ahead of me but then I am seriously thinking about opening a shop on Etsy. Stay tuned!

      • I apologize for the delayed response. I’ve been out for a business meeting. If people don’t have miniatures, they could use it simply for decoration or to house other small items.You could also offer a larger model to house pottery and other MCM pieces. I was also thinking that the larger designs would make an attractive coat rack. I think an Etsy shop is a great idea. After you set it up, then you should submit your designs to Apartment Therapy. Be prepared for a barrage of requests.

      • Thanks Greg,

        That is true. I suppose any tiny objects would look cool on the mini ranch house shelves. If the little ones do well I could try making larger ones as well as a coat rack design. Thanks for the idea! (And thanks for the positive feedback!)

  3. That is the best most creative way to display a collection I’ve ever seen! How awesome and fitting and appropriate to the space and sensible and awesome!

    I love seeing what projects you’re tackling!

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  7. I have just recently stumbled across your blog and I love everything you have done to your house. I absolutely love these shelves. Did you ever put them on etsy? Would you be willing to sell the plans on etsy? I feel like I *must* have these shelves, even if I have to build them myself

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