The vast untapped expanse above the kitchen sink is a prime spot for a cheerful indoor garden. Of course, an avid gardener can always find space for one more plant.
I started with this collection of 1/2” dowel rods and some lumber scraps and transformed them into a plant shelf. The shelf is quick, simple and low cost—my kind of project.
First, cut the side supports to the correct length. I used stock 1×3 pre-primed pine for these parts. The dowels were 48” and had to be cut to the correct length to span from cabinet to cabinet. Cut the dowels 1/8” shorter than the distance to make installation easier.
I mitered the ends of the supports at 45 degrees, because that is what Shawn wanted in her kitchen.
Mark the centers for the holes on the supports using a nail set. I will be marking multiple pieces and hoping the holes align. A template is a great help.
Note, I am working on Shawn’s granite counter top and would not recommend this as a practice. The temperature in the shop was well below freezing and Shawn wanted to help so we moved this step indoors. My tools are carefully placed on a dish towel to prevent any disturbance in the marital force.
Now drill the holes. I am thankful for a drill press which makes this task easier.
A quick dry fit on the workbench verifies alignment. The two shelf spanners distribute the weight of the plants across all the dowels and should prevent sagging dowel syndrome. I saw some civil engineers doing something similar on a bridge design and figured I would use the idea. It works, and Shawn likes the finished look.
Install the shelf according to the cabinet arrangement. I used #10 pan head screws through the sides of the cabinets and fastened them with lock washers and nuts. After a quick coat of primer, I was ready to paint the shelf to match the newly painted cabinets.
Add the plants, switch on the Happy Lights, and invite the Boss in for the final inspection.
Shawn loves it! OK, where’s that “To Do” list, and what’s next?