Whenever I go to a thrift store, I scour the book sections for any DIY books from the 60s and 70s. I love 60s/70s interiors as there was lots of bright color usage and the top book is perfect for ideas of shelving, storage, and painting. Both books are from 1977.
I don't really know a lot about how to build things (though I did want to be a construction worker in middle school for some reason) but these seem easy enough to do with minimal experience. Most of the time if you go to Home Depot or any other store like that, if you have measurements that you want things to be, they will cut it for you to those specifications.
I think this is an amazing storage idea for renters (if a landlord doesn't mind you putting holes in the walls) and owners alike. I'd definitely go nuts with contrast colors here - or even powder blue! The diagram tells you how it's built.
I am absolutely in love with both color and design on this how-to make a bar page.
And I love the way these cabinets are painted. (Diagram below to make!)
And from the Outdoor Projects book:
These seem simple enough for someone with the right tools. I'm sure there are plenty of variations one could come up with using the same applications with different materials.
If anyone out there gets around to making any variations of these things, post photos! Send me links!