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.