11.11.2010

"Couldn't Be Easier Floating Shelves"

 The shelves are actually level, not sagging like that......weird camera angle, maybe?  

A while ago I showed you our new floating shelves in our kitchen nook and promised to tell you how we made them once we finished installing and painting them.  Well, we've finished installing them, but until we decide what to do with the kitchen cabinets (it's looking good for painting, by the way!), we're living with these as-is.  Soooo, here's the scoop on our "Couldn't Be Easier Floating Shelves":


We started with two hollow core doors and cut them down to the size we needed, using the corners so we would have two good edges for each shelf.  (See the photo above)
 
We decided where we wanted each shelf to go and marked it on the walls.  We cut down some scrap 2x4s so that we'd have 2 boards per shelf that fit snugly inside the open edges of the shelf.  We mounted these to both corner walls, making sure we hit studs, and slid the shelves onto them.  Then we sunk a few short screws into the shelf and mounting board through the top.  Sadly, we didn't remember to take photos along the way!  So if this isn't clear, just leave a comment asking me to clarify and I'll do my best!


The front edges of the shelves (above) are nice and smooth, but the side edges of the shelves, which were once the top and bottom edges of the doors, are not.  I'm planning (I think) to sand them a little before I paint them out, and hopefully that will work to make them nice and smooth.  I'll let you know how it goes.


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13 comments:

Mrs. 5C said... Best Blogger Tips

This is ridiculously brilliant!! I'm super impressed!!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said... Best Blogger Tips

The shelves are so ingenious. The desk-dismantled table-is certainly smart and creative. I like the whole set up!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Gloria Fox said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea!! Did the 2x4's fit right in without having to shave them down? How did you attach the 2x4's to the walls?

Janell @ Isabella and Max said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, I've heard a rumor about how easy these are to make! Thanks for sharing, I'm now sold! Janell

Britt said... Best Blogger Tips

Gloria, We did have to shave the 2x4s down. We countersunk some long screws straight through the boards and into studs so they would be extra secure. Hope that answers your question.

ashley said... Best Blogger Tips

I LOVE this idea! Also, is that soup tureen "Athena" by Atilier? That's my everyday china! I love it!

CASABrasi said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks so much for this instruction. I think I could use some of these in my home office. thanks again.

Paige (Final Clothes-Out) said... Best Blogger Tips

That's so clever! They look great with your milk glass.

Ⓙaη @ ฿◎ßßƴ℘ḯη❝﹩ ℬ◎aґdẘαʟк ツ said... Best Blogger Tips

It took me a while, but I GET IT! Great idea. I do believe you are brilliant!

Lisa M Griffin said... Best Blogger Tips

Love it, looks so clean and organized. THis would be fantastic in my studio.. I never have enough space it seems. :)

Brooke said... Best Blogger Tips

love everything about this!

The Keylors said... Best Blogger Tips

Visiting from Bobbypins...SO CUTE!!!! It looks amazing!

meijo's JOY said... Best Blogger Tips

Ohh..this project make my hand itching and my eyes blinking for a door....must copy ...

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