- I've used several types of wood for these projects. The nicer the wood, the nicer your shelf will look. For these shelves I used some cheap pre cut wood I found at Lowes.
- If you're going to be putting heaver things on these like books, make sure you buy sturdy wood and large weight bearing screws.
- Saw (if you need to make cuts)
- Paint or stain & paintbrush
- Nail gun (preferred) or wood glue
- Screws & plastic anchors (the larger your shelf & weight of the items you're displaying will determine the size of screws and anchors you need)
- Drill & drill bits
Cut your boards to size. I used pre cut pieces from Lowes to make this project that much easier. The nicer the wood you buy, the nicer your shelf will look. When choose width, choose two pieces that are the same and one that is a little smaller (for the front of your shelf)
Position your shelf. I chose to make this one skinner than my normal shelves because it was going in a hallway and not holding much weight. Normally your middle piece and back piece will be the same size and your front piece will be a little shorter. Nail your shelf together 1 piece at a time. If you're using glue this might become tedious because of drying time, but wood glue is pretty strong stuff once it's dry! But I recommend using a nail gun.
Here is my piece nailed together. I do at least 4 or 5 nails down the shelf for maximum hold!
Paint or stain away! What you use and what you do is totally up to you. If you want your shelves to look nicer I would recommend using some type of finish over your paint or stain. I never do because I'm lazy and don't care enough haha. I just used craft paint for these shelves.
Now for the fun part... hanging them.
Since I do most of my projects alone, it was hard to get good pictures of hanging them so I will explain my process the best I can.
Place your shelf against the wall and make sure that it is level. Once it's level, take your drill bit and drill a hole through each side of your shelf a few inches in from the edge. Drill until you know you've made a little hole in the wall. I'd recommend hanging these with someone else so someone can hold the shelf still and straight while the other person drills, but I did these by myself so it is possible!
I had a little visitor through the cat hole while I was hanging the shelves 😉 This kid is such a champ at entertaining herself when I do projects around the house.
Once you know you've made contact with the wall, remove your shelf and you should have two holes in the wall. Take your drill bit and make sure the holes go all the way through the wall, then hammer in the plastic anchors (you don't need these if you hit a stud). Once you've got your anchors in the wall, place the screws in the shelf and line them up to be screwed into the anchors!
And that's it! Your shelf should feel pretty sturdy and ready for pictures, books, decor, etc! 🙂