We built floating shelves in the kitchen! We used a modified version of these plans from Shanty-2-Chic. Here’s the modified version from Hey Let’s Make Stuff, which gives measurements for materials based on Shanty’s tutorial. For the wood and materials, I think it cost us $80 for two shelves. Wood was about $60, so $30 a shelf…? (Just an estimate!)
– Two 2x3x8 pine
*cut into (8) 7.75″ pieces
* (2) 48″ long pieces (this will be the support beam)
– One 1x10x8 pine board
*(2) 48″ long pieces (this will be the top)
– One 1x4x12′ pine board
*(2) 50″ long (front and sides)
* (4) 9.25″ pieces
– One 1/4″ 2×4′ plywood sheathing
*cut into (2) 9.25″x4′ (the bottom)
– Stain of your choice (we chose Espresso)
– 2.5″ pocket hole screws
– 3.5″ all-purpose screws. (We used construction screws)
– Brad nailer
– Kreg jig pocket hole driller
– Mitre saw
– Wood glue
We had all our big pieces cut at Home Depot, but they’re not always accurate, so I would suggest cutting everything yourself. A mitre saw gives cleaner cuts than HD does, too.
1. Make all your cuts.
2. Make pocket holes in all 7.75″ 2x3s
|Kreg Jig is my new best friend. Don’t judge the uneven top.. This piece was a tester piece.|
3. Stain your top and bottom boards (1×10, 1×4 and plywood)
|We stained our boards with Minimax Espresso and finished with a polyurethane coating.|
|Look at that pretty grain!|
4. Attach your 7.75″ pieces (4) to each 48″ 2×3.
|Attach the supports using the pocket holes.|
5. Attach your support beams to the wall.
|I missed a step here, which is to attach the support beams to the wall (no picture for this). Find your studs! Get your support nice and level.|
6. Lay your 1×10 board on top of the support and attach the 1×4 sides and front using your nail gun (hammering SUCKS, don’t do it).
|And add your decorations!|
|All done! Our mother-in-law loved them so much, we built three for her!|
UPDATE: And then we decided to buy a beautiful IKEA kitchen island I’ve been searching for forEVER. Seriously. I found it on Pinterest nearly a year ago, but every time I searched for it, it was out of stock. I finally emailed the company, and they said that they had a newer, similar version available and there was 3 in stock. We went to IKEA that day.
|I love this island for its versatility. So, when we purchase a bigger house, we can center this in the middle of the kitchen and add stools behind it for more functionality.|
|You can find this BEAUTIFUL island here.|
Needless to say, I am VERY happy. It’s bigger, has more space and has a solid wood-top! Score!
On another note, here’s the ones we built for the mother-in-law! We learned a few tricks from our first build, so this second build was easy-peasy. We adjusted the materials for three shelves.
|It looks warped here because I used the pano option on my phone.|
What do you guys think?