Easiest Floating Shelves

Submitted by Ana White on Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:50
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how to build floating shelves industrial style by Ana-White.com

They really should warn you at the hospital when you bring your new baby home that not only will you never sleep the same, ever again, but that your house will never be the same, ever again.

Yeah, once upon a time, I swore there'd never be a fisherprice bouncy thingy in my living room or a yard full of primary colored playschool stuff.  That was once upon a time.

They really should put me in a Luvs commercial ... they really should.

You live, you learn, then you get Luvs, right?

BUT that doesn't mean you can't try to keep some style, right? 

So in our baby's room (which used to be my office - you'll recognize the magnetic metal wall) I decided to build floating shelves.  

But not just any floating shelves.

These have got to be the easiest to build ever (made by a mother of a six week old baby!) - no saw even required! - and the sturdiest.  

Here's how I made them:

I bought some 8 foot long pine boards - a 1x12 and a 1x4 for each shelf.  I bought the boards in the length of shelf I wanted to make, so no cutting required.

I applied glue to one edge of the 1x12.

And then I clamped the 1x4 to the 1x12.

And used my Ryobi AirStrike stapler to staple the 1x4 to the front of the 1x12.

The shelf is pretty much built!  Now I need to stain it.

Like the changing table, I used RustOleum WoodStain in Carrington. 

I love the RustOleum stains because they are one step - brush on, wait a bi, and wipe off.  The color is nice and rich too!

While the shelves are drying, I worked on the hardware part.

I purchased a wire shelf track system (they are super cheap) a while back for a closet I've since redone, so I decided to use those instead of purchase new ones.

Only problem is the tracks are black and I wanted the tracks to blend with the metal wall.

Miracle in a bottle does exist.

I sprayed the uprights with the metal paint and let them dry.

Once the upright tracks were dry, I located studs in the wall, and attached them to the wall with screws.

You can barely see them on the wall! This would work on a white wall with white spray paint, or you could even spray on a color similar to your wall paint color.

The support brackets are still black because they will be hidden underneath.  I then just placed the brackets where I wanted the shelves to go.

And then just hauled the shelves in and hoisted them up there.

And then screwed the support brackets to the underside of the shelves to make sure the shelf doesn't come off the bracket.

Each eight foot shelf ended up being under $20!!!!

And the shelves are exceptionally sturdy - no worries about them falling or sagging.

NOTE: Your shelves will be as sturdy as your hardware system, and will hold weight up to the max listed on the hardware system you purchase.

Bring on the baby stuff!

You live, you learn, you get Luvs ... and then you put them in a pretty box.

Thanks for reading - hope you found this DIY project helpful!

XO Ana + FAM

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Mon, 02/24/2014 - 22:18

They look beautiful Ana!! Especially with your changing table! And I loved seeing your sweet baby boy clothes hanging up!

Val Manchuk

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 22:05

Ana, these look so good! I love the dark stain against the metal background. Cute little baby clothes, too!

Val @ artsybuildinglady.blogspot.ca

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