This how-to post showing exactly how to hang open shelving on tile is a little different type of post for me, and we’ll get back to some regularly scheduled programming soon! In the meantime, our studio kitchen is just about ready for it’s big before and after room reveal so I thought I’d share a bit of the process. Putting in a kitchen where there wasn’t one is definitely a big project to take on, although for us, putting in open shelving once we’d finished the tile was a scary job to tackle. So that’s why I’m sharing our steps here today!
For my husband, he kept putting this project off because frankly, we were scared that we’d crack a tile or two and then have a much bigger project on our hands. But what we found with the way we did it… the entire thing was SO much easier than we’d anticipated. Fast forward a few weeks and plenty of plates and dishes along with a heavy KitchenAid mixer on one of the shelves and everything is still perfectly in place! We’ve now got the shelving we need in an open look that’s transformed our kitchen space.
I spent so much time online searching for the gold brackets and everything I found came along with a high price point, especially when you multiply the price of each one by eight (which was how many we needed). In the end I decided to get some inexpensive white brackets and spray paint them gold myself! I’m SO glad I did! The color might be slightly different than what I’d originally looked at, but these have already lasted and held up so well, while we saved a ton of cash.
Ready to get to it? Here is our DIY on how to hang open shelving on tile:
After cutting, sanding and staining the planks of wood we wanted to use and spray painting the brackets, it was time to get to work on the tile. Our decision wasn’t to cut into the tile at all, but instead use the grout lines! This saved us in a few ways; for one it helped to keep things level and even. It also allows for easier drilling and less chance of breaking or cracking the tiles. So once we marked where we wanted the shelves to hang, I held up the brackets and marked a spot through the hole on the bracket where two grout lines crossed each other (which makes for a larger area to drill into).
Using a small drill bit, we slowly drilled into the grout, creating a place for the anchor. For this project, we used easy anchors for all of the holes to make sure everything was secure. Once all of the holes were drilled, Chris used a hammer to gently pound the anchors into place.
Next was just screwing the brackets onto the tile wall using those anchors! At this point, everything was already perfectly lined up. Finally, we set the plank of wood on top of the bracket and attached it with screws from the bottom.
Now that my shelves were all hung with care, and really this way to hang open shelving on tile was super easy, it came down to the details. I didn’t want the screws that we used to stand out and also needed to cover a couple of nicks on the brackets, so I sprayed a little of the spray paint into a disposable cup and used one of my kids tiny paint brushes to touch it up. Done and done!
I’ve been SO happy with how this little DIY project of ours turned out and how the shelving has held up! What about you, are there any home project you’re particularly proud of? I’d love to hear! Comment here or share on social media and tag me @TabithaBlue or #FreshMommyBlog.