For the longest I’ve had a blank wall in my front entryway. It’s been completely white with one tall bookshelf on display.
The bookshelf stood about 6 feet tall and with my two overactive boys it was a source of anxiety for me because I was afraid that the bookshelf would tip over and fall on one of them because they’d always run by it.
I solved my bookshelf dilemma by getting two shorter bookshelves and putting them in that space. The issue of the blank white wall was something I still needed to tackle.
I painted the space as an accent wall, so now I had an empty brown wall with two brown bookshelves sitting in front of it.
I still needed to spruce it up a bit, so I had to look at several options. I thought about hanging a large mirror in the space since I have one laying around the house. The only issue with that is that I would need to frame it.
I could’ve filled the space with family photos, but both my husband and I have pretty large families and that would’ve been a lot of holes in the walls.
I decided to diy floating shelves from solid wood, so that I can add knick knacks in the empty area.
I’m not much of a craftsman (or woman), but this is how I was able to transform my space from blah to ba-zing (is that even a word?)! Enjoy!
DIY Floating Shelves Solid Wood Supplies
- 8 – 1 x 4’s that are 6” long (for the short sides)
- 8 – 1 x 6’s that are 18” long (for top and bottom)
- 4 – 1 x 4’s that are 20” long (for front)
- 4 – 2 x 2’s that are 18” long (for long support)
- 12 – 2 x 2’s that are 3.5” long (for short support)
- 1 ¼” Nails
- 3” Screws
- Stainable Wood Filler
- Paint Tray
- Face Mask
- Tape Measure
How To Make Wood Floating Shelves
I used the 1 ¼” nails to secure the 6” – 1 x 4’s to the sides of the 1 x 6’s. I applied wood filler to the spaces in the wood and allowed it to dry.
Next I secured the 18” – 1 x 4 to the front of the frame. I used wood filler to fill in any spaces and set to dry. I then sanded the shelf using a sheet sander and grit 220 sand paper.
The 3.5” – 2 x 2’s were secured to the 18” – 2 x 2 using the screws to make the bar support. Then I attached the bar support onto the wall with the remaining screws.
After the shelves were painted and dry, then I slid the back of the shelf onto the bar support.
Now my wall is complete! Have you tried your hand at something that’s a little more crafty than you’re used to? How did it turn out?
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