THE FLOATING SHELF IS INSTALLED, and we love it. After we decided to build the barn and moved in, my husband was exhausted and needed a break from building after work and on weekends, and just recently has started to gain the momentum to start some projects. The wall where the floating shelf is installed was originally where they dining table was supposed to go; but with two very young boys I was worried that they could climb and fall the 20 feet to the stairs, so we changed the design. With these changes we now have a u-shaped kitchen. The dining table now sits in front of the island (where we plan to build a bench), and the empty wall where the dining table was supposed to go is now a bar-style counter. This decision transformed this space, and it provides the added bonus of even more storage and counter space. Win, win! Since we made the changes we knew that we wanted a floating shelf, but could not decide on the material we wanted to use, we landed on hemlock wood with a medium dark stain. Here is a look at the wall prior to the floating shelf.
We knew we wanted the shelf to take up the majority of the wall, so we decided on an 11ft shelf, that is 8.5 in deep. We also knew that we wanted under mount lighting in the shelf, therefore we had to make it thick enough to fit the mounting bracket and the 1.5 in light fixture and cord- in total our shelf is roughly 3 in tall. To mount the shelf my husband built a bracket, you can see him installing it here.
And finally, we built a box for the shelf that we slid over the bracket. When designing the shelf I wanted something a little different than what I have seen so we decided to create to make the top piece have a 3/4 of an inch overhang on the front, and a 1/2 in overhang on the side, and I am so happy with how it turned out.
And here is the full view.
We are so happy to have this project installed. For me, it is just one more layer that makes my house feel more personal and less like a model home. I love the warmth the wood brings to the kitchen, and I love styling it with new and old pieces. Some of the pieces I used are from our wedding, the tea cups are my great aunts, and a few pieces are new. The lesson for me is that each layer of your home takes time, but is an important part of making your house feel more like home. I would love to hear what have you added to your house lately that has made it feel like home!
If you are interested in building a floating shelf similar to this one, I have a brief description below. Please email me with any questions or further detail.
Supplies for bracket
- 1×2 doug fir (simply build a rectangle with support pieces throughout the length of the bracket)
Supplies for the shelf
- 2- 12 ft long hemlock boards 8 in wide
- 1- 12 ft long 1×3 (hemlock)
- 1- 8ft long 1×3 (hemlock)
Create a hollow box using the 12×8 boards for top and bottom and the 1×3’s for the front and sides. We did use a planer to thin the top and bottom pieces to preference, we also used a joiner.
Caulk all joints, cut hole for under-mount lighting, and sand.
Final step is to sand and stain. We used 3 coats of this stain.
Links to all new decor purchased
Thanks for joining me here this evening! Happy Sunday friends, hope you had a great weekend!