Hello friends! Well, here they are! I am so proud of my DIY floating shelves. They are so cute. Seriously guys, if I can build these, so can you!!! They are cheap to build and so heavy duty! A few boards, a little plywood, and some screws. This wall in my kitchen was crying for these! Do you have a wall crying for these? I know you do!
Here is my inspiration ! Thank you Shanty sisters! I used 2 x 4s because I wanted them a little “chunkier”. Here’s a quick tutorial with pictures!
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DIY Floating Shelves-Materials Needed for 3
- (3) 2″ x 4″ x 8′
- (2) 1 x 10″ x 8″
- (1) sheet of 3/4″ plywood
- Miter Saw (or have your wood cut at the store)
- Pocket Hole Jig
- Wood Glue (use on all seams)
- Pocket Hole Screws
- Wood Screws
- Brad Nailer with 1 1/4″ brad nails
- Stud Finder
- Dark Walnut Wood Stain
Step 1: Build the frame
First you will build the frames out of 2 x 4s (or 2x3s if you follow the plans). You will need one frame per shelf. I wanted my shelves to be around 3 feet long so that’s how long I cut the longer piece. The short pieces were 8″ each. I used my dad-in-law’s electric saw to make the cuts.
Step 2: Drill Pocket Holes
Next you will drill pocket holes in the short pieces using a Pocket Hole Jig. This is a super cool tool! It allows you to drill a hole in a perfect spot, so that you can attach boards in an “L” shape using screws. Here is a video on how to use a pocket hole Jig. I got this tool for Mother’s day and I love it! There are different models. Beverly’s jig was $19 on Amazon and she loves it. Look around, borrow one, rent one (steal one?…jk) if you don’t have one.
I drilled 2 pocket holes in each of my short boards. Then I attached them to the long pieces and made my “E”s 🙂
Step 3: Attach Frames to the Wall Studs
At this point they are ready to be attached to the wall with 3 1/2″ wood screws.
I attached them to the wall using 3 1/2 inch wood screws. I used a level and a stud finder to make sure I was screwing them into the wall securely and that they were straight. I also drilled pilot holes into the studs to keep the wood from splitting. I used 4 wood screws per shelf to attach them to the wall. (No picture of this, sorry!) I had my hands full 😉 AFTER the E’s were securely attached I covered the top and bottom with 3/4″ plywood. You can have the guys at Lowes or Home Depot cut them to size for you. I won’t give you my measurements because they can vary, so make sure you measure, measure, measure!!! You can even cut the plywood yourself with a table saw or a jigsaw. Here is what they look like with the plywood on. I attached the plywood using wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails. Gorilla wood glue is the bomb. I have a nail gun (it was a good Mother’s day this year!) but you can use the good ole’ hammer if you don’t. TIP: Make sure you attach the bottom piece first!
Step 4: Cover the Top and Bottom with Plywood.
Step 5: Trim the sides and front using a 1×10 ripped to size.
Now all you need to do is cover the sides and front to give it the “box” look. Make sure you COVER THE SIDES FIRST. Do the front last!! That way it will cover any boo boos 🙂 I used a 1 x 10 board ripped into the sizes I needed. My dad in law was nice enough to cut those for me because he has a table saw. You can have them cut at the store.
If you follow the Shanty sisters plans and use the smaller boards (2×3) to build the E frame, then you can trim it out using 1×4’s. The way I did it was a little more cumbersome (sorry!) but I got chunkier shelves. The only thing is that you have to measure really well! Here they are all covered up.
Remember to cover the SIDES FIRST. The last board will be the one in front. I used wood glue and 1 1/4″ brad nails to attach the front piece and side pieces.
Step 6: Stain
Once they were all covered up I gave the shelves some light sanding then taped and applied stain using a foam brush. I used a dark walnut stain.
It takes a while for the stain to dry completely. I would wait until it sits overnight before you put your cute accessories on the shelves! You can also sand the edges a bit for a more distressed and rustic look! I might do that! Here are some some pictures of the finished product! Try them out and let me know how it goes! And of course if you have questions feel free to ask!
Have fun building these!!!