DIY Floating Shelves and Bathroom Update
By: Thrifty & CHIC
1 1/4″ nails
2 1/2 screws
(2 )1×6 @36″
(1) 1×4 @37.5″
(2) 1×4 @5.5″
(1) 2×2 @36″
(3) 2×2 @3″
LETS GET STARTED!
- Put the 5.5″ inch pieces on the ends of the 36″ 1×6. Glue and nail in place.
- Then add the second 36″ 1×6 piece to the opposite edge of the 5.5″ pieces. Glue and nail in place.
- The next step (not pictured, sorry!) is to place the 37.5″ 1×4 on top of this. Glue and nail into placeNow for the supports. I drilled and screwed in the 3″ pieces into the 36″ 2×2. I placed one on each end and then one in the middle.
- I then measured on the wall where I wanted these positioned with help of my painters tape. I found where the studs were and then marked those measurements on the support. I then drilled all the way into the support with a drill bit one size smaller than my screws. This helps to not split the wood when you send the screw through.
- I then placed them on the wall, making sure they were level and even.
- Before staining, I sanded the shelves to smooth out the edges and corners. After staining the shelf with Minwax Dark Walnut, I then just slid them on to the supports. The fit was perfect and snug! I then realized after putting weight on these, I needed to add more support by adding a 1 1/2″ screw into the top of the shelf into the support. I drilled this out first, and then sent the screw through.
- I love these shelves because they use all wood unlike some of the other tutorials I saw that use plywood for the underside. Plywood is expensive especially when you won’t be using the whole sheet. Making them this way, you just need one 1×6 at 6′ to make one shelf.