Floating shelves always look classy in a living room. They’re so useful for holding knick knacks, family mementos, or all the plug-ins for a sweet entertainment system.
Ashley at Shanty 2 Chic had empty space on the walls of her new home, so she decided to fill them up with gorgeous floating shelves.
In all, she spent about $120 on this project, which is a hefty chunk of change. But when you consider the cost of a professional carpenter and the materials needed for it, the DIY version is way cheaper, and just as beautiful!
Each shelf is 4 feet long and 1 foot deep. First, Ashley headed to the store, where the man cut a sheet of ¾” plywood into four boards measuring 11 ¼”. Then he did the same to a sheet of ¼” plywood.
She also bought six 2x4x8 boards and six 1x6x8 boards.
At home, she assembled these E’s. Ashley built them by drilling pocket holes into the short 2x4 pieces.
Next, she cut the big pieces of plywood at 46.5”, totaling eight boards per size. These will be the tops and bottoms of the shelves.
Then she cut 16 pieces from the 1x6 board for the sides and fronts of the shelves.
Drill pocket holes into each end of the 3/4” boards and attach them to the 1x6 boards to form the tops and sides.
Ashley used a leveler to make sure her shelves would be straight, and then attached the E’s to the wall. There’s enough for four shelves on each side of the fireplace!
With the E’s in place, she put the assembled shelves on top and attached them with 2” nails. The ¼” sheets go underneath and the 1x6 pieces go on the front of the shelves.
She made sure to tape off the wall before staining the shelves the gorgeous dark color.
Now, that once-empty wall space is filled with potted plants and décor, and it feels much more like a true home.
Get more detailed instructions here.