Last Friday, I ran off to Lowes and bought everything I needed to re-create the floating shelves. We were finally getting a break from the freezing cold and we could work in the garage over the weekend.
If you follow me on Pinterest, then you know I pin a lot of DIY crafts and decorating ideas. Like most of you, I have grand plans to build and create nearly all of the things I pin. Well, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to re-create everything that inspires me. But, from the first time I saw the DIY Rustic Modern Floating Shelves, I knew I was going to make these beauties for my home. Corey at Tiny Sidekick lays it all out for you. Everything you need to make floating shelves of your own.
We made our shelves using the same measurements as the inspiration shelves. (43″ x 10″ finished measurement)
After building the frame for all 4 shelves, I stained them. The first stain I tried wasn’t as dark as I wanted so I had to go buy darker stain. Once my second stain was dry, I used a wipe-on polyurethane to seal the wood.
We traced the inside of our shelf frames onto a 4′ x 4′ piece of 1/4 inch underlayment. Then we used the circular saw to cut it out.
Once the underlayment was cut to fit the frame, we turned the shelf upside down with the underlayment in place on a flat surface. We put the 8″ 1×2 support beams in place and used a nail gun on each side to secure them. We used for support beams per shelf.
They were finally ready to hang. This definitely takes two people. I marked the studs with painters tape and planned the placement of the shelves. The bottom shelf is 20″ above the floor and there is 13″ between each shelf.
I held the shelf (installed without the underlayment piece on top) with a small level horizontally on top. My husband used the large level to make sure the shelves were lined up vertically. Then, he used 3 inch drywall screws to attach the shelf to the studs. The placement of our shelves only allowed us to attach to two studs.
The above photo shows the placement of the 4 support beams and the placement of the drywall screws. The support beams and underlayment (shelf top) were not stained.
Here are our finished floating shelves! I love the way they turned out. I’m so happy I decided to tackle this project and so glad my wonderful husband was willing to help me.
Here’s a close up of one of the shelves.
For complete step-by-step instructions and a list of everything you will need to make your own floating shelves, visit Tiny Sidekick. Corey did a great job explaining everything. She built her shelves for under $50. I spent $59 on mine. Pretty darn close and worth every penny.
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