Good Afternoon everyone!
I am writing today to show you the new shelves I made for my office area. I have been wanting some for a few weeks, but everywhere I looked they were about $30-$50 a pop for the size that I was wanting. Which is way too painful on the wallet for my tastes. So... I decided that a good choice would be to just make them myself; this choice also came with an added bonus of not getting crappy overpriced particle board. (Because bleh, particle board is essentially the bane of my existence. I abhor it ya'll.)
So for this project I went to Lowe's for my supplies.
- 8x10 Pine Plank (cut in half by the staff at the store)
- 2 sets of brackets. (I chose more expensive pretty ones, because industrial style just isn't my forte) Just an FYI for all of you, they have brackets in three separate areas of the store. Two separate males pointed me to two of the aisles, and after realizing they only were the ugly (to me) industrial ones, I went in search for a female. Let's be honest ya'll... you ask a guy for something pretty and they all just look at you like you're 80 and wearing a mumu. So, after finally finding a girl I was pointed in another area that did have multiple choices of "prettier" style brackets. Estrogen ya'll, it's useful.
- 3/4 inch screws. The brackets I chose came in a package that had it's own hardware... but the screws were a bit too long. If I were to use them, the screw would have come through the top of the shelf. No bueno on that one.
- Spray paint. I chose a pretty mix between teal and green to match the color in my curtains for the wood, and metallic gold for the brackets. I didn't want to use white because the walls are white and I wanted them to stand out. Another FYI: I actually ran out of spray paint when I was about 90% done with the second board, and had to go buy more. I would advise getting two and just returning it if you don't end up using it.
- Sandpaper. Not a whole lot is needed... it's basically just to smooth the edges where it was cut.
|This is the cut wood before sanding the edges and painting.|
The brackets I chose Plus the hardware included. They were about $9 for the set. Please don't mind the dirty table y'all. It's patio furniture. Let's just ignore it.
Preparing to paint.
Don't mind me in my industrial cleaning gloves while spray painting. I am a master at being terribly clutzy and messy, so they're kind of a requirement for me. Otherwise I end up looking like a multi-colored idiot. Plus the stuff is a pain in the rear to get off.
Finally I dragged my husband out to help me with the power tools. I got to say that I am absolutely in love with the color of these. (I'm so excited to get the office space all set up. But there will be more blog posts to follow on that matter!)
So what do you guys think? How do you feel about making your own?
P.S. I'll be back later this week with another DIY that I have in the process right now! Have a great night!