Supplies used to build the shelf (click on supply item for sources and/or additional info):
~~5 dog-eared ends of picket boards
~~Cordless brad nailer
~~Fine sanding sponge
~~1" disposable paint brush
~~Behr Espresso Beans paint
~~Two D-ring hangers
To begin, I lightly sanded any super rough areas and attached two of the picket ends to the short ends of the 2x4 with the brad nailer. If you don't have a brad nailer, small nails or screws will work just as well.
Then, attached the three front pickets.
Next, was to drill a hole in the center picket for the decorative drawer pull (didn't get a pic of that step). Attached the drawer pull temporarily to be sure it was where I hoped it would be. LOL
If you've not yet checked out the selection of knobs and pulls at Hobby Lobby, you'll be pleasantly surprised - and, when they run their half off sales, the deals are even better.
Searched my paint/stain stash and tested the underside with Dark Walnut stain, but didn't like the look, so used Behr Espresso Beans paint instead. After letting it dry - which didn't take long thanks to our 100+ temp days here in Texas - I installed two D-ring hangers centered on the back of the 2x4. Reattached the drawer pull.
Just a small wall shelf that made good use of leftover pieces of picket boards.
An advantage to using picket fencing boards is that they're inexpensive - if you don't like your final product, you haven't made a major investment. And if you've recently completed a fencing project, you likely have leftover pieces to reuse.
Have you used cedar picket boards for anything other than fencing? Did you find them easy to work with?