Quick and Easy Floating Shelves

Floating Shelves Main Image

I’ve noticed something: in marriage, the concept of we vs. me sometimes gets a little confusing.  You know how people say, “what’s mine is yours and what’s yours is mine?”  Well, when Chris and I got married, what I really meant was “what’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine.”  After 8 years of marriage, I seem to be equally territorial over my stuff while simultaneously annexing most of Chris’ belongings into my little kingdom.  I’m working on it.

Even now, I am drinking a cup of Earl Grey Tea (with double bergamot) from my favorite mug — which happens to be emblazoned with a C.   Rome wasn’t built in a day, people!

When my parents got me (ok, Chris) an electric brad nailer for Christmas, I knew its inaugural project: floating shelves for our powder room!  I had been eyeing a tutorial on the blog Shanty 2 Chic, and I was pretty sure I could tackle the project solo.

As you can see, the lonely walls were calling for some shelving:

Shelves - Before

I’ve also noticed that married people use “we” disturbingly loosely — like “we’re pregnant.”  Let’s be honest: two might have contributed to the pregnancy, but only one is going to push out that baby.

Well, that’s the way I’m going to be using collective pronouns for the rest of this blog post because consulting Chris’ advice on my solo project turned into a “we” project, which turned somewhat into a “Chris” project.  But, for argument’s sake, let’s say “we” built the shelves.

Also, for argument’s sake, I feel it necessary to say that I COULD have done the project alone.  It was easy and only took 2 hours start to finish.  However, then I would have missed out on quality time with my favorite person.

We basically used Shanty 2 Chic’s plans with a few minor modifications.  On the workbench, we built a frame to attach to the studs in the wall to hold the weight of shelves.  Although the plans call for attaching the plywood to the bottom of the frames after attaching the frames to the wall, in retrospect, I would suggest doing that first because it was difficult to get the leverage to nail upside-down, even with an electric nailer.

Shelves in Progress

Then, we attached the top shelf, using my Chris’ brad nailer.

Floating Shelves in Progress2

Finally, we trimmed out the whole thing with 1x4s and primed it.

Floating Shelves in Progress 3

I painted them using a foam roller during halftime of the Seahawks game (nothing like a deadline to keep me on task!)

Here’s how they turned out:

Finished floating shelves - wide shot

Not too shabby.  I love a project that can be done in one day yet makes a big impact!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I hear Chris crunching on my jalapeno chips.




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