The first room I wanted done in my house was the main living room because it is the first room you see when you walk in. After some paint on the walls and ceiling (painting ceilings quickly moved above sanding on my list of least favorite house activities), we decided to make some floating shelves before we even had couches. I’m still trying to figure out what to put on them (yes, a year later) but at least I have the building part down.
Here’s how we made our floating shelves:
We started off by building the actual shelf itself. Each shelf has 5 sides and the back is left open.
The longer pieces are 30 inches long and 4 inches wide. If I had to make these again, I would probably make them a little wider because they are too thin to fit some of the decor pieces I would have liked to use. The ends are 4″ x 4″.
Each piece is glued and nailed together to form the hollow box that is open in the back.
We screwed a small piece of wood to the walls where we wanted the shelves placed. Each piece is about 29″ x 2.5″ so that they fit snug inside the back of the shelf.
We then could just slide our shelves onto the piece attached to the wall.
And that’s all there was to it! The actual shelves fit tight enough around the piece attached to the wall to hold it up. If they don’t fit tight enough, you can nail or screw them from the top or bottom and secure them to the inside piece that has already been screwed into the wall.
I’ve kind of given up on finding pieces that I really like to decorate the shelves with so I’m sure they will stay looking like this for awhile. Whether I switch up the decor or not, I still really like how the shelves turned out and you can’t beat a project that only took an hour!
WE GOT A PUPPY! This weekend was all about our new miniature schnauzer puppy, Howie. We got him on Saturday and are still in the “you’re too cute to get mad at” phase but we will see how long that... Continue reading →
Before Jack and I moved into our house, we lived in an apartment for 9 months. We knew we wouldn’t be there long but didn’t have much furniture so we built a few things that we only intended to use... Continue reading →
When it comes to decor pieces, I struggle finding what I want. I usually have an idea or have seen a picture I like but it’s hard to actually find the piece and have it not cost me an arm and... Continue reading →
All of the doors in our house are officially all white! They were all oak before and we have been painting a few at a time. I love the hallways where the doors are all lined up and all white. It brightens... Continue reading →
Our weekend went like this: go to Menards and load up the truck with mulch, come home and lay mulch, go back to Menards and load up the truck with mulch, come home and lay mulch, and repeat. 160 bags of... Continue reading →
Happy May! With the nicer weather that we are going to be having the next few days, Jack and I will be doing LOTS of yard work. I don’t really mind it as long as I can get some sun!... Continue reading →
Nothing very big got done around my house this past week. I hosted a birthday party with my sister for my parents this weekend so Jack and I were busy touching up all the spots I missed while painting (I do... Continue reading →
Popcorn is basically its own food group in my diet. I eat way too much of it way too many times a week. So it fit perfectly when one of Jack’s brothers got us this popcorn maker for Christmas. I thought... Continue reading →
As I mentioned in a previous post, one of the last pieces to finish off our lower level remodel was a corner entertainment center. We built a similar one in our upstairs living room and since the corner was the... Continue reading →