Easy to build shelves that would be complimentary to any room. they have the look of a barn beam.
To build a shelf exactly like mine, 24″ long, you will need:
1 8′ 1×4, some 2″ finish nails
a scrap piece of 1×2 at least 7″ long
some glue, two 2 1/2″ screws
and Early American Stain by Minwax.
4 – 1×4 @ 23 3/4″ (just shy of 24″ to account for the saw blade and get all four pieces from 1 1×4)
2 – 1×2 @ 3 1/2″
And there you have it. No hardware required! Also, I tried a different type of hanger, a nail-on picture hanging kit, and wasn’t happy with the outcome. The shelf didn’t sit flat with the wall. With the keyhole hanger, if you adjust your screws (screwed securely to either a stud in the wall or with an anchoring system) so that exactly 3/4″ of the shaft is exposed, your shelves will sit perfectly flush with the wall. Couldn’t be happier with the results!
You are probably pretty used to me being excited about every plan that I post. I wouldn't post a plan if I was not excited about it.
But when I actually have the time to build, photograph, and post actual photos, I'm just all that much more excited to share. Especially when I can look at the actual product, and know that you are going to be just as happy with your shelves as I am mine.
I'm pretty happy with them!
What do you think? Not too bad for a couple of boards, eh? And the best part about these shelves? They are lightweight, easy to hang, and super sturdy. You could build them as long as you want without compromising strength. And you could also build them wider - but I wouldn't go too much wider, perhaps at most a 1x8 (but I haven't tested a 1x8 just yet).
And the ends are all finished and boxed in! So are the bottoms, for a completely finished bar beam look.
Yet without the weight of an actual beam.
And what do you think of the whale art?
It's yours to print out if you want. Just go here to get the graphic, adjust the colors, and print. I'm really loving silhouettes right now, especially animals in child's rooms.