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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.

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DIY Shelf Instructions:

These measurements are based on a 24″ shelf.

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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)

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Begin by building the frame. Glue each piece of wood that will adhere to another piece of wood.

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Attach the two 7″ (1 x 3) boards to the ends of the two 21″ (1 x 3) boards to create a rectangle.

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Add the three 5.5″ (1 x 3) boards evenly spaced within the rectangle. Attach at each end with 2″ wood screws.

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Using a stud finder, find a place to anchor the shelf.  Using 3″ screws and a level,  anchor to wall.

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This is what the frame will look like on the wall.

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To make the sleeve of the floating shelf, attach the other two 7″ (1 x 3) boards to the 24″ (1 x 3) board.

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Using glue and brad nails, attach one of the plywood pieces to the top and one to the bottom.
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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.

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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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