Styling the Smallest Shelf Ever

So a few weeks ago I was visiting a cute little shop that I love to stop by every now and then. It’s the kind of place that serves free snacks AND has lots of awesome vintage goodies to browse through. I mean, what could be better?! I love it there. Anyway, as I was shopping I came across the most adorable wooden shelves. They were all hand-made and cut to various lengths–some were short and others were really long. But they were teeny tiny and not at all like a typical shelf. They were even smaller than a picture ledge. I was intrigued because I’d never seen such a small shelf, so I decided to buy one and see if I could make it work. I honestly had no earthly idea where I would put it or how I would style it, but I was feeling up to the challenge. So I brought it home and moved it around a few dozen times before I finally decided to put it on the wall in my soon-to-be office space. It turned out pretty cute, so I wanted to share a look at it today!

Simple farmhouse style shelf decor

See how teeny tiny this thing is?! The depth of this shelf is barely an inch and a half. I tried to get several of my wooden signs and larger frames to sit in there and it wasn’t happening–they were all way too big.

It took a lot of trial and error to find things that would actually fit inside the shelf, but once I rounded up a few items I tried to create a layered look with lots of dimension. I used my chalkboard calendar first and then built up from there with the vintage black frame, and the antique flashcards. I wanted the heights of each piece to vary of as well as the width.

Once I had the left side of the shelf styled I knew I wanted a larger piece on the right side. I decided to go with this black oversized clock. It was too wide to sit directly on the shelf, so I decided to actually hang it from the wall. It’s almost impossible to see in the photos, but it’s not even sitting on the shelf. But it’s meant to look like it’s sitting on the shelf. It’s an optical illusion. So snazzy, right?! I’m practically a magician.

Farmhouse style shelf with layered decor and oversized clock!

I gotta say, I’m kinda obsessed with this tiny wooden shelf. I think it turned out so darn cute and I really love all the layers. But now I just want five more so I can do lots of small shelf styling all around the house. It’s just so fun and it definitely forces you to think outside the box and get a little creative, which is always my idea of a good time. Anyway, I cannot wait to get my office space put together. My desk should be here any day, so I’m getting close! It’s going to be SO nice to have an actual work space like a real adult. I’ll be sure to share how it all comes together when I’m done!

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog today, I ALWAYS appreciate it! xo

Here’s a few other post you might want to check out:

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Happy Spring Dining Room

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  1. Helen wrote:

    Oh love it Sarah, you’ve styled it beautifully… cannot wait to see your office space!x

    Posted 5.30.18 Reply
  2. Melanie Schroeder wrote:

    That is awesome!!!! Might have to steal that idea. Thanks for all your great inspiration.

    Posted 5.30.18 Reply
  3. Maria wrote:

    Absolutely cute cute!! Is your shiplap individual boards. I want to do this on one wall but not sure the method to use.

    Posted 5.30.18 Reply
    • Marilyn S. wrote:

      Check out her past posts I think she did a tutorial on how she did it -and I even think she did it all by herself.

      Posted 5.30.18 Reply
  4. Marilyn S. wrote:

    Your idea to hang the clock is brilliant -I’m telling you a diy decor book on a budget is in your future . But not right now -right now take the summer and enjoy the kiddos .

    Posted 5.30.18 Reply
  5. Donna Bergthold wrote:

    You styled that shelf perfectly! It definitely gave me some inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 5.30.18 Reply
  6. Judy Flynn wrote:

    It’s perfect Sarah! Nicely done. Thanks so much for sharing with us all =)

    Posted 5.30.18 Reply
  7. Carol Holtorf wrote:

    Looks good. I love shelves and trays to decorate with

    Posted 5.30.18 Reply
  8. marilyn ruff wrote:

    Love it! Where did you get the wire baskets hanging?

    Posted 5.30.18 Reply
  9. Candy wrote:

    Where did you get the shelf? I live in the Springs and would love to know about the best vintage stores in Colorado. Thanks!

    Posted 5.30.18 Reply
  10. Brenda Johnson wrote:

    I have one of those shelves and it was styled with extra large scrabble tiles that you can buy separately at the store I bought it from, and I put it in my guest bath and spelled BATH to use on it. I love what you did with your shelf, you always think outside the box and that’s one thing I love about you!

    Posted 5.30.18 Reply
    • Sarah wrote:

      YES!! That’s one of the ways you can use a small shelf like this. Such a cute idea too!! I bet it looks adorable in your bathroom Brenda.

      Posted 6.3.18 Reply
  11. Diana Reeser wrote:

    Hi there! I love this little display! May I ask where you purchase the barn light ? I love it and have been looking for that style for some time now, but in black. Thank you!

    Posted 6.12.18 Reply
  12. Ivory wrote:

    Nicely done, I love this space, and what you did to it.

    Posted 6.22.18 Reply

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