I have a protruding, exposed brick wall in my living room that makes it stupid hard to decorate. I wanted to hang wooden shelves on each side of the bricks, but I quickly learned that buying them would be waaaay out of my budget. I decided I’d take a stab at DIY-ing them, and it was the BEST, cheapest decision of my life.
First, I measured out how long I wanted the shelves. I went to the hardware store to have boards cut to my ideal dimensions (around $25), and picked out the perfect wood stain. (I obviously had to ask someone for help, because I had ZERO idea what the heck I was doing because what even is a wood stain, but the Home Depot peeps were super helpful). I then got $1 metal brackets that were a not-so-cute gray, so I bought a metallic black spray paint to give them a new color. I went home, stained the wood (after sanding it down), let it dry, and hung the shelves up all in a day. It’s so incredibly easy, and after all was said and done, I have five beautiful shelves that only cost me around $60!