We finally finished the floating shelves this weekend! Last Monday I shared how we started building these beauties (click here).
As promised, here is a full supply list that we used to make 3 29" shelves. The total cost was about $30. Not bad considering that's the price of one store bought one!
- Two 2x3s @8"
- Three 1x4s @6"
- One 1x10 @ 8"
- 4"x4" sheet of 1/4" thick plywood
- 3" wood screws
I mentioned that we wanted to have the shelves completely built before securing them to the wall, but we ran into one teensie issue. With the front trim piece on, we weren't able to use the drill! So the hubby tried attaching the first one to the studs with a screwdriver.
But it was tough. And it didn't seem as secure as I wanted. So we took the front piece off of each so that we could use the drill. We also put two screws in each stud as opposed to the one that you see in the picture above.
Once that part was up, we attached a 1/4" of plywood to the bottom with screws.
I taped off the wall with Frog Tape before I started to stain.
I went back and forth trying to decide if they should be white (like everything else in my house!) or if I wanted to add a little contrast. As you can see, I went with the contrast ;)
To accomplish the weathered wood look, I used the same method that I used on my IKEA dresser hack.
I love the soft grayish brown color, don't you? :)
I decorated them with our wedding stuff that used to be in the glass display cabinet. I think it's nice to have this stuff out to look at every day instead of being tucked away in a box.
I love the added interest that they add to this corner, but I really think we need some sort of table or cabinet underneath. I'll be waiting patiently until I find the perfect piece. More than likely it will be a Goodwill makeover.
Okay so here is a (somewhat scary) reminder of what this area used to look like prior to the shelves and the planked wall.
And here we are today!
What a difference, right? That's one of the reasons I love blogging, not only does it encourage me to take risks and try things I never thought I would be able to accomplish, but it also makes me look back at old pictures to see what a difference small changes can make (and also make me say what was I thinking?? haha)
Well there's one project out of 30 down! I think I'm going to tackle the kitchen cabinets next. I keep debating between doing those or the backsplash first, but I'm also
Have a happy Monday peeps, I hope you're enjoying some nice warmer weather like we are this week :)
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