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$20 DIY Floating Shelves

Shelves on Jul 14, 2016
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After taking down a bay of cabinets in my kitchen and looking at a bare wall for about a month, I had to make a decision on what kind of shelving. These floating shelves are gorgeous, were cheap and super easy to build in an afternoon!
Time: 3 Hours Cost: $40 Difficulty: Easy
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For about $20 each, I used whitewood and pine boards. To make the brackets, you need to cut inner posts and attach them to a cleat to support the weight of your shelf. I attached mine using a Kreg Jig.
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Initially I was going to make 3 shelves, but once I started spacing on the wall, I decided to go with 2. Here are what your finished brackets should look like.
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The brackets are then attached to studs using a level. You don't want sloped shelves! I used 3" wood screws to attach to the studs.
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Using glue and brad nails, attach the top- mine is a 1" x 10", and the bottom- 1/4" plywood.
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Finish up with the front and side pieces of trim using glue and a brad nailer. Then fill all holes with stainable wood putty, wiping off the excess with a wet cloth. Make sure you use stainable or you'll have polka dot shelves once they're stained.
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Once the wood putty is dry, sand down all putty, edges and corners. I like mine to be nice and rounded for the more worn look.
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Tape off the edges with the hope that stain will not splatter on your wall. Of course mine did, it never fails.. Using a foam brush, apply the stain (I used Minwax Provincial) and make sure you wipe off the excess after a couple minutes or you'll get gooey shelves.
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These shelves were faster to build than dinner and a movie and cheaper too.

To see more: http://onblissstreet.blogspot.com/2015/01/diy-floating-shelves-for-20-each.html

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  • Diana Deiley
    Diana Deiley Nokomis, FL

    Great job. Looks really nice. Love the cabinet drawer pulls!

  • John Masoner
    John Masoner Camas, WA

    Why not just create a box that slides over the hidden 2x4 brackets you built?
    That would allow you to stain before you attach, and you could attach with screws near the wall making removing very easy.

    • Christopher Stephenson
      Christopher Stephenson United Kingdom

      @John Masoner That's exactly what i was thinking, it make it then removable to use somewhere else. Nice idea though.

  • Djlevinson2004

    Lovely....just lovely. Going to show a carpenter exactly these shelves. Yeah...Thank u

  • Susan Rawlings
    Susan Rawlings Avon, OH

    Wow, so much better than a big wall of cabinets.

  • Maggie tews
    Maggie tews Port Charlotte, FL

    Thanks so much for the instructive info!

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