Create storage in the kitchen or an open-plan living and dining room to display ornamental items like jugs.
Turn two timber boards about 500mm long into a pair of hanging shelves joined by rope you can buy at the hardware store.
While the idea is simple, the look is limited only by your imagination, as the raw timber shelves can be painted, stained or left bare.
For this project, they were finished with a simple wood wash made from paint so the grain stayed visible.
The rope can be any colour or thickness but must be strong enough to carry the shelves when loaded.
Use a drill to make holes in the boards large enough to thread the ropes through, knotting them above and below to join the shelves.
To hang the shelving, use a stud finder to locate two adjacent studs, then drill pilot holes and secure the lashing hooks with 40mm x 8g screws.
Thread the rope hangers onto D shackles, then attach them to the lashing hooks secured to the studs.
Two 500 x 240mm timber boards
Drill and 12mm spade bit
Sample pot of acrylic paint
Two lengths of 10mm rope
Two lengths of 3mm cord
Two D shackles
Two lashing hooks
Step 1. Prepare the boards
Lay the boards on a flat work surface, then mark the hole centres located 25mm from the ends and 20mm in from the front and back.
Use a 12mm spade bit to drill holes in each of the four corners of the shelves.
Step 2. Paint the timber
Apply a wood wash to each side of the boards to stain instead of painting so the grain shows.
Dilute four parts acrylic paint with one part water and apply the wash with a paintbrush, wiping it off with a soft cloth.
Step 3. Make the hangers
Wrap masking tape around the rope ends.
Thread a length of 3mm cord and 10mm rope through each D shackle, making hangers with 1m long tails.
Tie the ropes in a half hitch knot 300mm from the ring on each tail.