In our guest room, the backside of our wall heater juts in about 4" inches to create this "interesting", off-center box that leaves most people wondering why it's there. My goal? Disguise the heck out of it. I showed you a few days ago the driftwood mobile that has helped so much, and today I want to share the details of that loverly shelf back there. Here's my dilemma & solution:
This was fairly easy to make, and will be pretty straight forward in the directions. Don't be fooled though, give yourself a free day to work on this, so you have time for all those little bumps & snags that love to pop up mid-project. You'll be glad you did!
Read on for the basics of building a custom shelf.
First thing you're going to need, is a wall, nook, cubby... any old place that needs some built in shelving.
For this project you'll need:
- 1x4 lumber, I used about 3.5 - 8 foot lengths.
- a jig saw or tool you feel comfortable cutting wood in a straight line with.
- clamps (helpful)
- sander & pads
- old rags
- basic hardware - nails & screws.
I used a leftover piece of wood with square edges to clamp together my corner:
beveled and chiseled edges that I adore, so I just went crazy on this thing.
So that's it, fairly easy right? I bet if I had my miter saw when all this was going down I could have churned it out in an hour, instead this took me about 4-5. Dry time included... What do you think? Do you have an unused nook or weird architectural mishap that needs a little shelf time? If you think you couldn't do it, I think you're wrong - give it a shot! You'll definitely learn a lot, regardless.
Have a great weekend, get outdoors if you can and soak up some Vitamin D!
Au-revoir, or however you spell it....