Slowly but surely my kitchen is coming together! Last week I concreted my countertops, this past weekend I added my floating shelves, and this next week will be full of putting up new tile and painting. Lots and lots of painting.
I knew I wanted floating shelves for a long, long while. My kitchen is teeny tiny and I knew it would really help open up the space and make it appear larger.
Inspired by Shanty 2 Chic’s Easy DIY Floating Shelves, I decided to use that as a base but put my own spin on it.
In the house that I rented before I purchased mine, there was zero storage in the living room. I bought these shelves from IKEA and flanked them on both sides of my entertainment center. But when I moved into my house, I had built-ins! Which was awesome, but now I had these shelves and nothing to use them for. So they sat in my dining room for the better part of a year, awaiting their purpose.
Fast forward to now, when I realized I can use them to make floating shelves!
Supply List (makes 4 shelves)
- 1″ x 2″ x 8′ pine (2x)
- 1″ x 4″ x 8′ pine (2x)
- EKBY JÄRPEN shelf (4x)
- Minwax Wood Stain, Jacobean
- Kreg Jig (totally, 100% worth the investment)
- Brad Nailer
- 1 1/4″ brad nails, 18 gauge (1 pack)
- 2″ brad nails, 18 gauge (1 pack)
- 1 1/4″ screws (16x)
The first thing I did was cut the 1″ x 2″ down to the sizes I needed. The back was 21 1/2″ and the sides were 10″. I connected them using the Kreg Jig pocket hole system and, let me just say, this little tool is the bomb dot comb. Seriously so happy I purchased this. Thank you 4 am infomercial!
After I connected them with the Kreg and screws, I reinforced them with three to 5 1 1/4″brad nails. Like the Kreg Jig, this tool is also totally worth the investment. No cords. No compressors. Super easy.
Next I took my piece of 1″ x 4″ and cut it into the size I needed. The sides were 11″ and the front was 23 1/2″. I then stained them with Minwax’s Jacobean with a sponge brush.
Taking one of the 11″ side pieces, attach it to the side support, center to center, with 1 1/4″ brad nails. Repeat on other side.
I cut the EKBY JÄRPEN shelf into two 21 1/2″ pieces; one for the top and one for the bottom. I attached the top to the sides using 1 1/4″ brad nails. DO NOT attach the bottom yet!
Measure out on the wall where your shelf will be and, making sure it’s level, attach to the wall with 2″ brad nails. I’m not gonna lie, I went to town with these nails. I wanted to be 150% sure that they were not going to come tumbling down.
Now to attach the bottom. If your floating shelves aren’t going to be cased in with a wall on one side, you can attach them like you did the top. I, however, am not that lucky. Using 2″ brad nails I shot through the bottom and caught it onto the support sides.
Using your 1 1/4″ brad nails, attach the front and last piece.
The last thing to do is to accessorize! I’ll get fancier when the kitchen is complete, but you get the general idea. ;)
Have you guys done any of Shanty 2 Chic‘s projects? Those are two super awesome ladies. I cannot WAIT for their HGTV show!
I’m linking up to these great parties!