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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The Comments

  • Lydia
    September 5, 2018

    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.

  • Nikki
    September 5, 2018

    I love it!!

  • Kristen
    September 5, 2018

    I love it !!! It looks great !!

  • Tammy
    September 5, 2018

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

  • Mary Wilson
    September 5, 2018

    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!! !

    • Sarah
      > Mary Wilson
      September 6, 2018

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

  • Maggie
    September 5, 2018

    So adorable! You find the best stuff!

    • Sarah
      > Maggie
      September 6, 2018

      thanks Maggie!!

  • Dj White
    September 5, 2018

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

    • Sarah
      > Dj White
      September 6, 2018

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

  • Donna Malone
    September 5, 2018

    Absolutely love, love,love it!

    • Sarah
      > Donna Malone
      September 6, 2018

      Thanks Donna!

  • Sandy
    September 5, 2018

    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!!

    • Sarah
      > Sandy
      September 6, 2018

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

  • Abby Brookshire
    September 5, 2018

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

    • Sarah
      > Abby Brookshire
      September 6, 2018

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

  • Karen
    September 5, 2018

    LOVE!

    • Sarah
      > Karen
      September 6, 2018

      Thanks Karen!

  • Laura Harrie
    September 5, 2018

    Very clever idea, looks great in your house!

    • Sarah
      > Laura Harrie
      September 6, 2018

      Thank you Laura!

  • Dot Gallant
    September 5, 2018

    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

    • Sarah
      > Dot Gallant
      September 6, 2018

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

  • Helen
    September 5, 2018

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

    • Sarah
      > Helen
      September 6, 2018

      Thank you Helen!!

  • Shay
    September 5, 2018

    What a neat idea. It looks great! 🙂

    • Sarah
      > Shay
      September 6, 2018

      Thanks Shay!

  • Becky
    September 5, 2018

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

    • Sarah
      > Becky
      September 6, 2018

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

  • Kyla
    September 5, 2018

    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!

    • Sarah
      > Kyla
      September 6, 2018

      Oh so cool!! Great minds think alike 🙂

  • Crystal
    September 5, 2018

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

    • Sarah
      > Crystal
      September 6, 2018

      Oh yay!! So glad to hear that Crystal.

  • Rose Martinez
    September 5, 2018

    I love it! It looks great!!

    • Sarah
      > Rose Martinez
      September 6, 2018

      Thanks Rose!

  • Brenda Johnston
    September 5, 2018

    This looks awesome! Great job!

    • Sarah
      > Brenda Johnston
      September 6, 2018

      Thanks Brenda!

  • kimberly
    September 5, 2018

    so creative! love it as wall decor.

    kim xx

    • Sarah
      > kimberly
      September 6, 2018

      Thank you Kimberly!

  • Dianne Gingrich
    September 5, 2018

    Love it!

    • Sarah
      > Dianne Gingrich
      September 6, 2018

      Thanks Dianne!

  • Dena
    September 6, 2018

    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)!

    • Sarah
      > Dena
      September 6, 2018

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

  • Chels
    September 7, 2018

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

  • Tanyac
    September 8, 2018

    This is precious, Sarah! You Are so creative.

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

  • Terri
    September 9, 2018

    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?

    • Sarah
      > Terri
      September 11, 2018

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

  • Cesilia
    September 10, 2018

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