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Monday, June 4, 2018

You probably grabbed a glimpse of the open shelves we added to Snowpeak Retreat with the kitchen update, but this easy DIY project wasn't as straightforward as it looks. Let me run through the challenges and win of this project, and inspire you to just do it yourself in the first place (learn your lessons from this lady).

The blank wall left of the Snowpeak Retreat kitchen window was obviously going to turn into a useful space for short weekends and family vacation staples. I wanted wooden floating shelves that were clean and modern looking to fall in line with my design.

My inspiration:

I found a set on Amazon Homemade and it was exactly what I was looking for. The price was a little steep for plain pieces of stained wood but I was going for the floating shelf look that was challenging to make on my own.

The application was straightforward (no instructions or measurements were included) but the metal brackets that held the shelves were not the same size, and my measurements were off. My first attempt didn't actually keep the shelves in place - they slipped right off! I even had to patch up two holes in the wall and in the process, one metal bracket broke.

Fed up and eager to finish the project, I purchased 4 industrial metal shelf brackets at Ace Hardware. This solution ultimately could have been an easy DIY project that would have cost me a fraction of the cost since it was just wood, brackets and some sweat equity!

Interested in making your own? Here's what you need:
  • Supplies: two (2) 2" x 6" pieces of wood cut at 24" wide, sanded; four 8" tall steel zinc-plated heavy duty shelf brackets (I used this one from Ace Hardware); 24 screws; wood stain, brush
  • Sand down the wood and then stain with your favorite stain (I do love Minwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut stain); let dry for a few hours
  • Measure equally from the shelf edges and screw the four (4) brackets to the bottom facing side of your wood shelf
  • Carefully measure and screw the exposed bracket edges to the wall
  • I recommend using drywall anchors
  • Add cute stuff on the shelves, like vintage coffee cups

Has anyone found anything they love on Amazon Handmade? I love the concept but with such a large company behind these small sellers, I didn't receive the best customer service. I would love to hear from you!

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