My New Wall-to-Wall Dining Room Shelves

My New Wall-to-Wall Dining Room Shelves

I finally finished my Dining Room shelves!  I’ve been thinking about doing this for months but was unsure how to go about it.

 

 

I first saw these at chris loves julia and loved the floating look.  When I say floating I just mean you can’t see any brackets.  Obviously they are attached on either end which is how mine would be also but I didn’t want to have traditional brackets.  (click on the source for a great tutorial)

 

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Don’t they look even more awesome when styled??

 

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I was having a hard time finding the 2 1/2″ thick wood so I started to look at other inspiration photos.  Here are a few I love:

 

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I wish I could’ve done cabinets on the bottom like this one.  This would be great for storing things we don’t use everyday like table cloths, Christmas dishes, etc.  I only have 10″ before the doorway to my Kitchen starts so I had to stick with the narrow shelves.

 

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My Husband and I both liked the look of these with the shelves being the same color as the wall.  I decided to go with this look but rather than picture ledges and shelves just do the shelves.

 

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So I guess you could say I took all of these inspiration photos and combined the ideas to come up with a plan that worked for my Dining Room.  My Dad helped me figure out the best way to go about this given the fact that I have a ten foot span to cover.  Also my skills and tools are somewhat limited so I didn’t want to get in over my head.  Here is a little bit of the process that we decided was best:

I first started by figuring out my spacing and used the level to draw lines where the shelves would be.  Then I made marks where the studs were.  I pre-drilled holes in the 1×2 strips and then drilled the holes in the studs and screwed the strips to the walls.  (I painted everything first but didn’t buy enough 1×2 strips so that is why some are unpainted in the picture.  Since the walls are the same color this wasn’t an issue to paint after the fact.  If I were doing stained wood then that would have needed to be done ahead of time.

 

 

I then put the shelves up and screwed them to the strips.  I caulked the gaps and painted once the caulking was dry.  This made such a huge difference because there were a lot of gaps.

 

 

Now I just need to work on styling them.

 

 

Here you can see how the shelves relate to the photo wall I recently hung.

 

 

I’m excited to get some new things for these shelves.  I really want a beachy vibe in here so I’m thinking of mixing some white serving pieces, glass, driftwood, shells, etc.

Have a great week!
🙂 Bernadette

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