Kitchen Remodel: Part 13 – Open Shelves

Instead of upper cabinets, I built two open shelves along the north wall of the kitchen. I used 1.5 inch thick bamboo plywood for the shelves. I wanted the shelves to float like two objects on the wall. I used hidden steel pins set into the studs of the wall to support the shelves.

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  1. Double Dare Fan
    August 23, 2015

    Boards upon which cups are stored. Cupboards!

  2. SuperJamster1
    August 23, 2015

    As always, I totally enjoyed your video. ย My hint for finding studs on drywall is to use a rare earth magnet. ย It will actually attach to the screws. ย Works better than any stud finder, tapping method I've used.

  3. Adam Prince
    August 24, 2015

    We will be remodeling our kitchen soon. Marking a 2×4 is a great idea since our studs are no where near 16 oc. Always learn something from you video!. Thanks Frank

  4. ozzynonoise
    August 24, 2015

    Hi Frank, absolutely love the way you did those shelves, the bamboo looks great, here in The Netherlands most buildings have stone or concrete walls and a slight slip of the dril is always possible. What we use are steel rods (just like yours), but there's a woodscrew offcenter mounted at one end. Not a hole in the shelve but a slot, so you can fidle around a bit, by turning the steel rods. …. Patrick a WoodWorking Rookie from the Netherlands

  5. Peter Brown
    August 24, 2015

    I really like the Bamboo! CA does a good job of holding the LED strips too…

  6. แ–ด๐Œ๐‚แ—ทแ•ฎแ”•แ›แ•ฎ2แ›•
    August 24, 2015

    Check out these strips to hold your SMD light strips in:

  7. Keegan Jay O'Neill
    August 24, 2015

    What bothers me when I see the height of the upper shelf is the fact that a big part of your LED system seems to be visible from a standard viewing angle. I don't think making it deeper would fix the problem, I would add a bamboo "strip" to hide it at the cost of making the shelves seem much bigger/larger as a downside. Those LED's never stick on their own, but the result is always worth it if you take the time to glue them correctly ! Excuse my technical English, it is not my first language.

  8. Dustin Johnston
    August 25, 2015

    +frank howarthย My wife and I just binge-watched your entire kitchen remodel. We desperately need the next episode. Please hurry. Yours truly, Dustin & Cara.

  9. Mark Alger
    August 25, 2015

    Does anyone know what finish Frank used for these shelves? Thanks.

  10. SciPunk215
    August 25, 2015

    I love these videos. Thanks so much for sharing this process with us!!

    I'm curious where you store staples like flour, oil, vinegar, canned goods, rice, cereal, etc. Traditionally those would go in cabinets hidden from they eye. The cabinets are gone and replaced by those floating shelves.

  11. Emmanuel Lopez
    August 25, 2015

    Mr. Howarth I was waiting for you to get the lights ON at the end of the video for a compltee view of the project, but everything was awesome, thanks for sharing!!!

  12. Evan Dixon
    August 28, 2015

    Been following your remodel and was glad to see this portion. We're gonna try ripping out upper cabinets and doing open shelving in our kitchen soon. Really like the idea of not having visible brackets. Would you do the steel pins again if you could do it over again, or some other method for attaching the shelves?

  13. Franck Sauvage
    September 9, 2015

    Well done Frank.
    Genius as usual.

  14. Reese Asher
    September 30, 2015

    Did you ever put any edge banding on the cabinets and/or shelfs?

  15. OX-Plays
    October 27, 2015

    I think a piece of milky plastic or glass panel on the bottom of the shelves would look nice, diffuse the lights a little and cover the wires and everything.

  16. Bass Mainer
    October 31, 2015

    I love the kitchen remodeling and the whole series, but I feel that the open shelves take away a bit from the sophisticated look in that kitchen. If you're happy then that's great. Job well done, though!

  17. ppdan
    November 12, 2015

    I think you should have considered using recessed aluminium led profile. Those come with a nice plastic cover (frosted or clear).
    The depth of the aluminium profile if chosen according to the distance between the LEDs to get a nice even "neon" look (especially when using a frosted cover)

  18. Jerry Rule
    December 2, 2015

    Hey Frank, Hafele sells an LED channel with frosted plastic covers that would make the underside of the shelves look cleaner.

  19. Christopher Laughton
    January 7, 2016

    … pins are a good way to float a shelf. Where I have used them (going way back) the walls were generally granite. For the 'wiggle room' you mention I sank the pins tight into the shelf, drilled the wall holes about 2mm oversize and set the pins in car body filler – that worked just fine.

  20. Athul Santimon
    April 22, 2016

    OH you added batteries to the clock in the shop around this time I assume; nice one!

  21. Bo Knwos
    June 3, 2016

    your shop is amazing.

  22. Geoff Nelsen
    September 19, 2016

    I'll be doing something similar over a small coffee bar and was curious about the way you powered the LEDs. Those are 12v strips right? Did you hide the power supply's and I missed it? Great job! Thanks!

  23. G Money
    October 1, 2016

    if you 45 each side of the led track instead of just widen them it mite work out better cause the lite kinda fans out just a thought, love your video's my dad was good with wood he would hand make everything out of would he won lots of awards

  24. G Money
    October 1, 2016

    try clear silicone for the list strips sticks to anything as long as you prep it

  25. juergenmweiss
    October 9, 2016

    congratulations to the whole project – you like details – quite impressive….

    November 19, 2016

    Maybe some obscured glass over the LED lights to make a more finished look.ย  Milk glass would defuse the light even more and you could put a wider piece.

  27. Ryan Marr
    December 10, 2016

    A tip for finding studs, use a magnet to find the drywall screws.

  28. Kerry Smith
    December 18, 2016

    Great job Frank! Wonderful shelves! We are renovating a small duplex, and I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what I was going to do with the old dark 1980s overhead cabinets. Your floating shelves are the solution! Beautiful!

    Question – I love your editing and style in the video, what software did you use to edit the video, add the box diagrams and cup animation? I am looking to build an online presence through my channel, and your editing is fantastic!

  29. Troy Reppas
    December 29, 2016

    Hi, Published back in 201, curious how well your awesome shelves are holding up. Thinking about doing something like this very soob. Thank you for sharing!


  30. Dan McConnell
    December 29, 2016

    I thoroughly enjoy all your videos Frank. Regarding your issue with the LED strips, these may be a nice upgrade for you to run the strips through. Provides a really nice finished look and you won't be relying on the adhesive backing to hold the strips up anymore.

  31. Tanner Newton
    February 8, 2017

    You should install some sort of plug or terminal on the shelves and then fill the routed channels with an opaque resin

  32. Clark Bowles
    February 10, 2017

    You are the man Frank!!

  33. no2kkk
    February 11, 2017

    I think I would've opted for the LEDs to be an uplight rather than a downlight but I love the kitchen, it looks amazing. You'vedonea fantastic job ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. elan really
    February 18, 2017

    Nice, but that steel, LOL is kind of industrial.

  35. Peter Maciak
    March 1, 2017

    why no uppers

  36. Jordan Radke
    March 5, 2017

    Hey two questions: where'd you buy the steel rod and theoretically could you use a wooden dowel for the same purpose?

  37. Jason Argentieri
    March 9, 2017

    love your videos they are incredible. your animation is genius. I really admire your patience.

  38. Tom Kadlec
    May 2, 2017

    love the bamboo material

    my few LED cents
    – glue on strips deteriorate over time, causing the strip to fall
    – closing led strip without letting heat to escape causes LED to age prematurely

    aluminum support with silicon strip works for me

  39. USMC 2MSU
    May 25, 2017

    Awesome work! What keeps the shelves from being able to be pulled off?

  40. usernamemykel
    June 20, 2017

    "Totally open", yes. Suggest you turn your cups and glasses upside down so that they don't collect dust. Building a cupboard would've solved that.

    Nice video.

  41. Feddy Cecklare
    August 3, 2017

    I really love your videos! ๐Ÿ˜€

  42. Tony Martin
    August 12, 2017

    What size are the pins

  43. uhavemooface
    August 17, 2017

    Frank I know this is a late comment but I was wondering if you are ever going to do a bedroom make over. Let me know thanks.

  44. StephenNu9
    October 23, 2017

    Nice use of the LED strips.

  45. Joh447
    December 2, 2017

    if you ever need them out, here's an idea, pack the rods in dry ice, since they conduct head much better than the wood they ought to shrink enough for you to pull them out without ripping the wall down ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. DavieMac48
    December 26, 2017

    Loved the Spam. Should have kept it.

  47. Irys Korsak
    January 1, 2018

    Alright, so I'm just one of the people who accidentally found this channel and stayed because of how incredibly relaxing the videos are to watch (they give you similar feeling like "How It's Made?", aren't they – better edited than the show though), so my question is going to be completely ignorant, but…
    Why plywood? Why not make everything out of regular wood? is it tougher, more sturdy than regular wood?

  48. Sanele Mwelase
    January 8, 2018

    Great video

  49. Dindy Indryanto
    February 8, 2018

    Inspired ๐Ÿ˜

  50. Bernd Brandle
    February 15, 2018

    I looked at the comments but didnโ€™t see a reply on where the 12v power supply is. Did you put it inside one of the lower cabinets?

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