Saturday, 18 March 2017

Makeover: Floating Shelves

If you've been reading up on my daily updates, you'll know that we recently were able to move back into our sitting room, and start using it again. This didn't mean that the room was finished - just that it was habitable again. We still have a few things that we want to do to the room, including building a shelving unit at the back of the room with both hidden and open storage, but we're discussing whether we want to attempt it ourselves or pay a carpenter to build it for us.

In the meantime, in order to be able to put some personal touches into the room, Shane put up these floating shelves over the weekend, and it's so nice to be able to put some "stuff" back into the room again.

Shane bought these floating shelves in our local Woodies store. They were too long for the intended space, so the first thing he did was cut them down to size. We then put them in the space to see what they would look like, and to measure the distance we wanted them apart.
I'm very visual when it comes to these type of projects - I need to see what it looks like, rather than just have it drawn out.
When we were happy with the spacing, Shane marked it out on the wall in pencil, and marked out the spaces needed for the screws to hold the shelves in place.

Needs must - Shane couldn't find his hammer anywhere in the house, so he improvised using a pliers to make the holes in the wall for the screws.

He then used a screwdriver to screw the holding bar in place for the shelf to slide onto. You can see in the close up pictures how he had marked the places out on the wall.

And they're up!


I wanted the shelves to blend more into the room. We've used dark wood stain on our window boards, and our mantle piece is also dark wood but we were afraid that if we stained the shelves as well it would make the corner very dark. We decided to use the same colour that is on the walls of the sitting room to try and blend it in - "soft hessian" from the Dulux range and paint the shelves instead. I think it works really well with it.

{In natural light}

The jars with the sparkly rims were actually used in our wedding. They had candles in them and we had about twenty of them lighting the way into the reception area. So nice to be able to put them on view everyday. That little parcel from Diptyque still has to be opened too - I'm waiting until the shelving at the back of the room is done so it'll feel like a reward for finishing the room.

I reckon I'm going to be playing around with these shelves for the next while -"faffing" I believe is the word used. I'm not the greatest judge on whether there's too much of something on a shelf or too little, but I'm sure I'll work it out eventually. In the meantime, it's just nice to be able to personalise up the room a little.


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