In some spaces, you just need a little “something” to break up a wall. A floating shelf is the perfect solution. It accents the space, gives you a place to display things, and barely takes up any room. A DIY shelf is easier to make than you’d think. Read on.
DIY Shelf Supplies:
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DIY Shelf Instructions:
These measurements are based on a 24″ shelf.
The Cut List:
- 1″ x 3″ x 24″ (1)
- 1″ x 3″ x 21″ (2)
- 1″ x 3″ x 7″ (4)
- 1″ x 3″ x 5.5″ (3)
- 7 3/4″ x plywood strip (2)
Begin by building the frame. Glue each piece of wood that will adhere to another piece of wood.
Attach the two 7″ (1 x 3) boards to the ends of the two 21″ (1 x 3) boards to create a rectangle.
Add the three 5.5″ (1 x 3) boards evenly spaced within the rectangle. Attach at each end with 2″ wood screws.
Using a stud finder, find a place to anchor the shelf. Using 3″ screws and a level, anchor to wall.
This is what the frame will look like on the wall.
To make the sleeve of the floating shelf, attach the other two 7″ (1 x 3) boards to the 24″ (1 x 3) board.
Using glue and brad nails, attach one of the plywood pieces to the top and one to the bottom.
Repair any nail holes with Bondo. Let dry and sand smooth.
Paint or stain as desired. Because of the rustic look in this room, I went with a more natural look. You can get as elaborate or as simple as you’d like with the paint.
Slide the wood sleeve over the frame. That’s all there is to it! I bet you want to put one in every room of your house, don’t you?
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