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$20 DIY Floating Shelves

13 Materials
$40
3 Hours
Easy

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!
one hometalker s brilliant shelving solution for just 20, how to, kitchen design, shelving ideas, woodworking projects
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.
one hometalker s brilliant shelving solution for just 20, how to, kitchen design, shelving ideas, woodworking projects
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.
one hometalker s brilliant shelving solution for just 20, how to, kitchen design, shelving ideas, woodworking projects
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.
one hometalker s brilliant shelving solution for just 20, how to, kitchen design, shelving ideas, woodworking projects
Using glue and brad nails, attach the top- mine is a 1" x 10", and the bottom- 1/4" plywood.
one hometalker s brilliant shelving solution for just 20, how to, kitchen design, shelving ideas, woodworking projects
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.
one hometalker s brilliant shelving solution for just 20, how to, kitchen design, shelving ideas, woodworking projects
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.
one hometalker s brilliant shelving solution for just 20, how to, kitchen design, shelving ideas, woodworking projects
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.
one hometalker s brilliant shelving solution for just 20, how to, kitchen design, shelving ideas, woodworking projects
These shelves were faster to build than dinner and a movie and cheaper too.
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  • Gigi Weber Hansen
    on Sep 23, 2018

    I don't want to recreate the wheel, so I'll ask.... was there a reason to wait and stain the shelves after hanging them vs prior to putting them up? Thanks. Looks great!

  • Ella Frierson Bond
    on Sep 23, 2018

    Why didn't you stain all wood before installation?

  • Kat
    on Apr 28, 2019

    I’m in the middle of making this and am confused about the front and side pieces. Are those 1x4’s? I cut my front out of 2x3’s but that doesn’t seem right?

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