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DIY Floating Shelves & the Homies

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So yesterday was mainly about the wallpaper and today I thought I'd share the floating shelves. The shelves are actually a little DIY project. I needed storage in here and in my “new everything” plan there was some built in storage. But since I went down the “mini reno” route instead I had to come up with something.



Enter the old home office desktop that I switched out to a bigger one. As I was using it as a wallpapering work table I suddenly realized that it would make two perfect floating shelves.



Please excuse the following two ultra crappy photos. I lost my point and shoot camera last week and my DSLR battery died on me just as I was about to take some photos so these are iPhone ones AND the sun shone like crazy. Not perfect photo conditions…

Anyway, what I did was to cut the end off the table top. It’s a hollow core tabletop so I wanted to get rid of the wood(chip) at the ends.



Then I used the shelf that I had had up in there before as a template for the length of the shelves and cut accordingly and then down the middle so a 60 cm tabletop turned into two 30 cm deep shelves.



Then I used my thumb to press down the cardboard insides at the ends to make room for some pieces of wood for hanging.



To hang I simply drilled holes, added plugs and…






… attached some wood which happened to have almost the perfect dimensions to fit in between the Masonite top and bottom of the tabletop.



The shelves then just slid over like sleeves.



Then I continued to paint the bottoms of the shelves white because they were originally raw Masonite



To attach the shelves to the wood I simply screwed them in at the top. The tops of the shelves are above eye level so you can’t see the screws standing on the floor.



And there they are, killing two birds with one stone. I got rid of the extra tabletop I didn’t need and I got the perfect chunky shelves!



Ps. Turns out that I'm nominated in two categories (Best Home Design Blog and Best DIY Blog) at The Homies over at Apartment Therapy. Thank you so much for nominating me, guys, what a nice surprise!