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)
Don’t they look even more awesome when styled??
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:
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.
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.
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!