DIY Wall Shelf from a Vintage Grain Sifter

You know you have a good mom when she goes antique shopping for you, right?! I think so anyway. My mom is always hitting up my favorite antique shops and she’s actually found some really cool things for me. Well a while back she came across a HUGE vintage grain sifter. It was only ten bucks, so she texted me a picture and asked if I wanted it. Of course I said heck yes, even though I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do with it. But I knew it had to be super old and I was excited about the idea of figuring out a way to repurpose it. Well she brought it up to me this weekend and I had a chance to work on it a bit. I’m excited to show you guys what I made with it, but before I start let me show you how it looked when I got it:

Kinda a cool piece, right? I did a little research and found several similar grain sifters like this on Ebay and Etsy priced from about $80 all the way up to $150. We definitely got a good deal at ten bucks! Anyway these date back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, which is soooooo cool! I was brainstorming ideas on what to do with it when I remembered a wall shelf I saw on Magnolia’s website a while back. Here’s what I’m talking about:

I LOVE these shelves. And I knew my vintage grain sifter could easily transform into a wall shelf just like that with a little bit of tweaking. I started by cutting a piece of pine to fit inside the sifter.

DIY Wall Shelf from a Vintage Grain Sifter. A simple farmhouse style DIY project using a large vintage grain sifter.

Thankfully the board fit nice and tight, so I didn’t even need to nail it in place. Then I grabbed some black spray paint for the shelf and wire screen on the back side. That’s it. Easy peasy. Here’s what it looks like now:

DIY Wall Shelf from a Vintage Grain Sifter. A simple farmhouse style DIY project using a large vintage grain sifter. DIY Wall Shelf from a Vintage Grain Sifter. A simple farmhouse style DIY project using a large vintage grain sifter.

DIY Wall Shelf from a Vintage Grain Sifter. A simple farmhouse style DIY project using a large vintage grain sifter.

There obviously isn’t much space to work with on that little shelf, so I used a few faux plants and my smallest old books to style it. And then I threw in those vintage BINGO cards just for fun.

DIY Wall Shelf from a Vintage Grain Sifter. A simple farmhouse style DIY project using a large vintage grain sifter.

DIY Wall Shelf from a Vintage Grain Sifter. A simple farmhouse style DIY project using a large vintage grain sifter.

DIY Wall Shelf from a Vintage Grain Sifter. A simple farmhouse style DIY project using a large vintage grain sifter.

I always love repurposing vintage finds and this was definitely a fun project. I think this totally looks like the wall shelf from Magnolia, but with a lot more character. And I still can’t believe this wooden sifter dates back to the late 1800’s. Isn’t that crazy?! And even crazier that we got it for ten bucks. Whoot whoot!

Here’s a few more fun DIY projects you might want to check out:

Easy DIY Farmhouse Decor Projects I Still Love

DIY Framed Sheet Music

DIY Vintage Crackled Paint Effect

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47 Comments

  1. Lydia wrote:

    Wow! This looks great and what a steal, especially comparing to the one on Magnolia! Great job! Now I want to find a grain sifter, haha.

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
  2. Nikki wrote:

    I love it!!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
  3. Kristen wrote:

    I love it !!! It looks great !!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
  4. Tammy wrote:

    That is the cutest little sifter/shelf. Love it!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
  5. Mary Wilson wrote:

    I’m fairly new to your site and been loving every minute of it. I’m in love with this. I’ve been looking for some kind of shelving but just did not want a regular shef until I saw this gorgeous piece. Can I borrow your mom so she can find me one lol . Shes a keeper. I love it!! !

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Aw thank you Mary!! I really appreciate that. So glad you found me!! 🙂

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  6. Maggie wrote:

    So adorable! You find the best stuff!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thanks Maggie!!

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  7. Dj White wrote:

    What a cute idea! ❤️ It made that corner so cozy😊

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      thanks DJ! I think that was the perfect spot for it.

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  8. Donna Malone wrote:

    Absolutely love, love,love it!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Donna!

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  9. Sandy wrote:

    You come up with the most creative ideas. This piece is just adorable!!

    I look forward to reading your blog every day!! I’ll be on the hunt for sifter!!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you so much Sandy, I really appreciate that!!

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  10. Abby Brookshire wrote:

    LOVE IT!!! LOVE IT!!! Great job! I will be looking for one now!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Abby! Good luck finding one. Etsy has a few that aren’t too pricey!

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  11. Karen wrote:

    LOVE!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Karen!

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  12. Laura Harrie wrote:

    Very clever idea, looks great in your house!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Laura!

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  13. Love it! You amaze me with your ability to repurpose so many old things!! This sifter shelf looks great!
    Like many of your fans, I also look forward to your posts on MWF and get excited when you have an extra one!!
    Very happy that you have added some black and natural woods to your decor. Makes everything pop!
    Dot

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you so much Dot! I can’t tell you how much that means to me. So grateful to have you here! xo

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  14. Helen wrote:

    Love this Sarah and it looks just perfect there in that space!x

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Helen!!

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  15. Shay wrote:

    What a neat idea. It looks great! 🙂

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Shay!

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  16. Becky wrote:

    Omh! Love it and the styling. Perfect. Simple but soooo cute! Thanks Sarah, Have a Grace filled day!xoxo

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Becky, I think it turned out pretty cute!!

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  17. Kyla wrote:

    Love it! I saw a picture of a similar shelf made out of a grain sifter and was going to send it to you. I saw you were wondering what to do with it in your stories the other day. But you are on the ball and have already made one! It turned out so cute!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh so cool!! Great minds think alike 🙂

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  18. Crystal wrote:

    That turned out amazing!!!!! You have given me new ways of looking at everything. What a creative idea!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Oh yay!! So glad to hear that Crystal.

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  19. Rose Martinez wrote:

    I love it! It looks great!!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Rose!

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  20. Brenda Johnston wrote:

    This looks awesome! Great job!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Brenda!

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  21. kimberly wrote:

    so creative! love it as wall decor.

    kim xx

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you Kimberly!

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  22. Dianne Gingrich wrote:

    Love it!

    Posted 9.5.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thanks Dianne!

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  23. Dena wrote:

    What an awesome find and a steal of a deal! It looks SO GOOD on your wall! I love it (even better than the pricey ones)!

    Posted 9.6.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Thank you so much Dena!! I love it too.

      Posted 9.6.18 Reply
  24. Chels wrote:

    This turned out so so good! I love what you did with it!

    Posted 9.7.18 Reply
  25. Tanyac wrote:

    This is precious, Sarah! You Are so creative.

    Now I am going to msteal your mom and go shopping!

    Posted 9.8.18 Reply
  26. Terri wrote:

    I love your website and drool over every picture. Can you share with me the brand(s) of paint you like best when painting your decorations white?

    Posted 9.9.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      Ah thank you Terri, you are so sweet! My personal fave paint is Rust-Oleum chalk paint. It’s affordable and good quality!

      Posted 9.11.18 Reply
  27. Cesilia wrote:

    Hello- I’m new 😃 super creative and cute, but I’m curious about the big plant/tree underneath… what type is it? Real? Faux?

    Posted 9.10.18 Reply

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