Scaffold board shelving

Scaffold board shelving

Ripping out kitchen cupboards which harbour piles of out of date tins and haphazardly stacked cups safely behind closed doors was always a bit of a gamble. Our kitchen is quite dark and we felt that the large over-the-counter cupboards were bulky and blocking out light.

Top 3 cupboards before we replaced them for shelves

We decided that it may be a good idea to rip out 3 of the cupboards and replace them with two rows of exposed shelving. We never wanted modern shelving and all of the options we found were either really expensive or too modern.

Once we ripped out the cupboards we were left with unsightly walls and as we already had wooden cladding elsewhere in the kitchen we added this as a back drop. We painted it in a matte, white wood paint to match the other cladding.

It was actually my Dad that came up with a good solution..Scaffolding boards! He’s a builder and said that on site there are always old scaffolding boards lying about that are unused. He ‘sourced’ us some good ones to use and after some sanding and staining they looked perfect.

If you don’t have a builder/scaffolder friend who may be able to steal secure you some reasonable quality boards then there are a couple of other options.  Drop by or call your local scaffolding company, sometimes they have off-cuts that they are willing to give away. Second option is eBay, there is often someone wanting to flog some old boards!

Once sanded and stained we needed some brackets to put them up with, again you may be able to find some old rustic brackets on Ebay however we used a local company called The Suffolk Latch Company.

We love how the shelves look and also wired in some lighting underneath to add a bit of a cosy atmosphere. The lighting we used was the under counter cabinet lights from B&Q.

The only negative is that you have to reshuffle around your cupboards to accomodate all the junk you don’t want on show, but it’s quite theraputic to be brutal and bin stuff that’s been lingering in the back of your cupboard for years!



  1. Hannah
    March 3, 2018 / 7:56 am

    They look great, do you remember what you stained them with?

    • Stacey
      March 3, 2018 / 7:59 am

      I think it was just a big standard warm oak stain from B&Q

  2. Amy
    March 30, 2018 / 5:22 pm

    Hi Stacey,

    Where did you get the kitchen cupboards from? We’re really struggling at the moment to find our perfect kitchen! Thanks in advance! x

    • Stacey
      March 30, 2018 / 5:38 pm

      Hi Amy, they were actually already here when we moved in so I can’t help them I’m afraid. We did paint them though as they were cream when we moved in. There is a blog going up tomorrow morning about the kitchen revamp x

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