DIY Floating Shelves

I am still trying to complete projects only using materials I have on hand. I did cave slightly and purchased some wood but it is so inexpensive that I don't feel too bad about it. I have been wanting to add some natural wood accents to a few spaces around the house. First on my list was to create some floating shelves for the dining room.

I made two for our downstairs bathroom which I absolutely love so I used the same plans provided by Thrifty & Chic Decor, this time using their exact measurements (I made my bathroom shelves 24in rather than 36). You can find the full tutorial here.

I purchased my wood at Home Depot and cut it at home using my table saw. I assembled the shelves as per the instructions and stained using Minwax Dark Walnut that I had on hand. I finished them using my Annie Sloan dark wax. I hung them ensuring to drill into the studs as I wanted them to be able to support some weight.

Before

Before

Brackets hung, drilled into the studs

Brackets hung, drilled into the studs

Shelves slide over your brackets

Shelves slide over your brackets

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I styled the shelves primarily using items I had around the house. I did purchase the Brown Booze recipe book from Homesense as well as the water jug from the dollar store. This tea cup was my grandmother's so it is very fitting that it is now on display. My favourite piece displayed on my new shelves is the framed cow picture. I already had the large black frame and found this free minimal cow printable from Okie Home.

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I always have San Pellegrino bottles on hand that I love to use for styling and decor. I also used the small wood wine sign to cover/distract from our thermostat. I made the decorative orb using embroidery hoops I had on purchased on sale awhile ago. I intend on spray painting them gold but haven't gotten to it yet.

I am so thrilled with how the shelves turned out. I think they compliment the space really well. And, they cost less than $10 per shelf to make. I have plans to build an industrial style side table to replace the current piece underneath the shelves. Just another project on my list :)

Stay tuned for more DIY wood projects.

Jess xx