This blog is updated in 2020
What to do if you have a really small apartment and you have tried countless space-saving furniture and still, you don’t have enough space? Try floating box shelves as they free the floor space and utilize empty wall space! Sounds interesting, right?
These floating shelves are suitable for bedroom, kitchen, living room and washroom where something tiny, like skincare products, need to store.
Though floating shelves sound really magical and actually you can be the magician to make it! If you design them properly, these floating shelves can also be a home decoration! We are going to show you how to make your own floating shelves and how to place the wall floating shelves. Scroll down now and learn a DIY floating shelf!
- Bamboo drawer organizers
- Wood glue
- Sponge brush
- Stencil adhesive spray
- Multi-surface paint
- Drill and screws
- 1/2 inch cup hooks
Play with composition. Use a variety of drawer organizer sizes and place them on the vertical and horizontal to find an arrangement that will work well for your space and needs. Try adding the objects you plan to display to make sure the arrangement works for your project.
Adhere pieces together. First, sand the areas that will be adhered together. Then use wood glue and a sponge brush to lightly coat both sides of the wood with a thin layer of glue, then clamp the pieces together. Now wipe away any excess glue, follow the instructions for your glue and allow to dry. The smallest drawer organizers were left loose so that I could easily remove the pieces to restock q-tips and cotton balls. While I waited for the glue to dry I added a bit of pattern to these pieces in the next step.
Decorate with a stencil. There are a few tricks to getting a good impression with a stencil. First, use a stencil adhesive spray to keep your stencil in place as you work. Without the adhesive, the stencil can easily slip and smudge. It’s lightweight and repositionable. The next step is to use a round sponge brush with a light touch. Dab the brush in paint and blot until there’s a light, even amount of paint. Time to lightly dab to apply the paint starting with a very thin layer of paint and slowly accumulate opacity. The paints will bleed under the stencil if the sponge brush has too much paint, you want to avoid that. Stencil around the drawer organizer. Let dry.
Note: The exact stencil I used can be found in this book, Stencil 201 by Ed Roth.
Prep to hang. When the glue is totally dry, drill holes big enough for the screws to fit through on each side of the shelving unit. I propped the shelves upon boxes and drilled straight down.
Hang wall shelf. Place the floating box shelves where you would like to hang it. Use a level to make sure it’s straight and mark the holes that were drilled in the previous step. I utilized one wall anchor and the other screw lined up with a stud. Line up the floating wall shelf and drill or hand screw the screws in place to finish the DIY floating shelf project.
Make it yours! Display your essentials on your DIY storage shelves, like cotton balls, q-tips, and oils. You can add small cup hooks to display and sort jewelry. To install the hooks, drill a guide hole, and hand-turn in place.
Here are some more floating shelving project ideas for you!
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