Hey, what’s up? In this post, we will take some old closet shelves and reuse them to make a plant wall.
As I previously mentioned in my before tour, one of the issues I had with this house is that it did not have enough space for plants. As you already know, this is important to me because I want to create an urban jungle. After all, I LOVE houseplants. So I wanted to create a plant wall in the best lit spaces in my house to store my plants, tools, books, and watering can. While going to the stores and trying to find what I could use, I realize that I had about five shelves lying around that I recently removed from the closet that I planned on throwing away. Instead of buying something new and spending a ton of money, I decided to reuse what I had. Now, this wasn’t my initial preference. I honestly wanted to buy brand new shelves that look picture perfect like what you see on Home and Garden. After thinking about it for a while and seeing the actual cost of what it would take to give it a look, I decided to take a chance and use what I have.
I had about 4 to 5 shelves already available and some of the brackets and anchors to my benefit. The only thing that I had to purchase was some more brackets and drywall screws. Considering that each shelf was about $20 (this includes the kit), this was a steal. With that in mind and the fact that I pretty much had all the tools, I decided to swallow my pride and give it a try. It was time for me to put my idea into action. Another benefit to using old closet shelves? Is that this is a straightforward project that doesn’t damage the budget. So what we will cover next is the materials needed and the step by step to complete this project. The example that I will use is the shelf installed under my front room window; however, the same steps apply if you decided to build it somewhere else. With that said, let’s make this plant wall.
The project took about 90 minutes to install all three shelves, and one of the factors that affect the timeline was that I was drilling into drywall. If you’re drilling into concrete or studs, it may take a little longer.
- Wire Closet Shelving (Make sure that it is at least 12 feet deep if you plan on using it for plants or storage.)
- Closet Drywall/ Concrete Clips/ Screws
- Support Brackets and Hardware Kits
- Drill & Bits, Hammer, Screwdriver (Flathead), and a Pen
- Ruler or Measuring Tape
So the first thing we’re going to do is pre-drill the holes. Doing this makes it easier for you to insert the drywall clips and nails. When it comes to determining the correct spacing, I measure in between the spaces of the shelving. I used a pen and a ruler to mark the area.
After I pre-drilled the holes, I took the drywall anchor clips, and I placed each one into a hole (without the nails). I did this to ensure that everything was even all the way across. I did a test run by hanging the wire shelving on the hooks; this helps clarify that it is correct and that the shelves weren’t crooked.
Once everything was good to go, it was time to apply the screws into each hole. At first, I used a hammer, but I quickly realized that this would not work due to the tight space between the clip and the window sill. To finish, I used a flat head screwdriver instead. (Note: I had to buy a different type of drywall screws that came with the flathead tip, it makes it easier to install and remove when needed.) Afterward, I reinstalled the shelving and closed the clips’ tops to ensure they stayed in place.
Now it was time to install the brackets. The purpose of the brackets is to hold the shelf up and provide additional support. Depending on your shelf’s length and the load, the number of brackets that you can attach can vary from two to 12. Keep in mind that as you hook the bracket onto the shelf, make sure that it sits on the pole and a wire is in between it. Using the bracket as a template, I marked the spot I was going to drill and then installed the drywall screw.
Finally, I double checked all of the screws, and wah-lah, a finished project!
This project only took about thirty minutes, but what I loved about it the most is that I could repurpose something that I already had. To use the remaining shelves, I applied this same method to the other shelves in the room. The only thing that you have to keep in mind is the spacing between each frame if you plan on installing more than one on a wall (I recommend at least 12-15 inches in between).
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