If you are looking for something to do this weekend, have about two hours to spare and feel like putting your woodworking skills to good use this is the project for you!
I’ve been wanting to put a shelf in my laundry room for awhile now but I didn’t want to spend a fortune on buying one and I couldn’t find one that would work for the space. Soooo…I decided I’d put one together that WOULD work. I’m pretty happy with this little shelf not only because it turned out pretty similar to what I had in my head (that never happens) but I did it ALL. BY. MYSELF. No lie! All the cutting, nail gunning and painting was done by me. Oh yeah!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
1 of each – Pine Board (1/4 x 1/2 x 2, 1/4 x 1/2 x 4, 1/2 x 8 x 4)
3 – 7″ x 7″ Wooden Shelf Brackets
** The wood materials are for a 4′ x 7 1/2″ shelf **
To start off, I sanded all the wood pieces. This doesn’t take long. I just wanted to make sure I had a smooth, even surface to work with from the get go.
Because the shelf board was slightly longer than the edge boards, I cut the board down to length. I wanted the front finished edge to hang over the side edges so I took about an inch off the main board to accommodate that.
Next I cut the smaller pine boards to length. The 4 foot board didn’t need trimmed because it was exactly the size I needed since I had already cut the main board.
Now it was time to nail the edge pieces to the board. I lined one side piece first (so I had a could line up the front piece and make sure it was even), made sure it was even with the top of the board and then I ran nails along the entire edge. I did the same for the front piece and the other edge. Now the shelf was really starting to come together.
Next came getting the brackets on. To make it easy, I wanted the first bracket to be dead center so being a 48 inch shelf, center was at 24. I glued top of the bracket with wood glue and clamped it down (making sure it was center and straight on the board). Then for the next two, I went 8 inches out from the center, glued and clamped. This was the time consuming part. Waiting for glue to dry but you don’t want to rush this part.
Note: I actually started out with just 2 brackets but once I had the boards together I realized that I probably needed one more to even it out and distribute the weight better so I ran back to Lowe’s and grabbed another one. Unfortunately, I can’t find the exact ones I used online (they must be only a local item) but there’s other options out there.
Once the glue was dry, using the nail gun, I ran 3 nails along the top of the board for added measure. 🙂
There you go — all those wood pieces are now a shelf!
I decided to paint my shelf white but the great thing about this project is you can customize it how ever you want. You can make it as big as you want and paint or stain it any color you want. I used “Winter Mood” for the paint (which is the same white I used for the coffee table my husband made for me and my butcher block cabinet project). I love this color — not too white but not too cream! I did two coats of paint.
Once it was dry, I caulked the nail holes and any visible lines and then this baby was ready to hang (with the help of my sweet husband)!