Old picket fences make great shelves! On the white one shown, we simply cut sides the width of 6″ cedar fence boards for the shelves. We ‘dry brush’ painted the shelves so they would match the weathered white paint on the fence pieces. The texture of the raised grain of the old fence board shelf helped create the look as well.
‘Dry brush’ is a very simple technique. You just barely dip your brush in the paint then blot it a bit on a paper towel. When you paint your surface with the half dry brush you get only a partial coverage, which closely replicates weathered paint. The shelves were simply attached to the 2×4 cross supports on the fence.
An easier version would be to make a wall shelf with a smaller picket fence as the back (no sides) and shelves. maybe add a few rusty nails below the shelves for pegs for hanging stuff from!
Great for displaying birdhouses or primitive garden goods.
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