First, Anthony started measuring the wall to determine where exactly we wanted to place the shelves…
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Then, we headed off to Home Depot and bought the lumber we needed to make the shelves.
We bought 2″ x 3″ boards for the shelving supports on the side of each wall, and Anthony made a few angle cuts to give them a little bit of dimension…
Then, he placed them on the wall, made sure they were level and screwed them into the wall with massive drywall/cabinet screws, each one of those screw holds over 100 pounds!
Once he had the screws in place, he removed them. I know, odd, but we wanted to have the exact location for each side support, then pre-drill/ countersink the holes to avoid any splintering/ wood splitting when we actually installed them after they were stained, finished and ready to go. I really didn’t want to be staining in the house, so this step was simply a precaution to avoid the wood chipping/ splintering from the screws…
Anthony pre-drilled and coutersunk his holes…
Here’s what they looked like before we installed them… The smaller hole is for the cabinet screw going directly into a wall stud, the bigger hole is for the drywall anchors that would be going into just sheet rock…
Once they were installed…
We measured the distance between the walls, then trimmed the actual shelving boards to fit each section…
And because I wanted the lower two shelves to be deeper than the top shelves, we made the side brackets the same depth as the shelves. The two bottom shelves are 18″ deep, and the top are 11″ deep.
For the top three shelves, we used 2″ x 12″ x 10 ft boards, and for the bottom two shelves, we used 2″ x 10″ x 10 ft boards. To make the bottom shelves even deeper than the top 12″, we used TWO 2″ x 10″ boards and placed them right next to each other. Even though we used two 10″ wide boards, the total depth ended up being 18″ because pre-cut lumber is always a bit smaller than it really says.
After we had each board cut to size, I started staining each them with the same stain, Early American by Minwax. I then used the Dark Finishing Wax from Minwax to finish them.
Then, we brought the shelves back in and Anthony attached them with screws into the side supports.
They’ve completely changed the entire dining room and I love it… they add so much storage and area to display my pretties, which I’ll be sharing next week…
Now, for the details:
-We have 9 foot ceilings.
– Here’s the distance between each shelf:
– We started with the bottom shelf and worked our way up. Because we have electrical outlets that run on the back and side of the wall, the bottom shelf has a 21″ distance from the floor. The shelf starts right above the outlet.
– The furthest the shelves stick out from the wall is 18″, which is the same depth as our previous buffet!
– No wall is perfectly straight.
– Yes, the house faintly smelled like stain for a few days, but the weather was great and we had every window wide open for extra ventilation!
– For the cost breakdown, we spent about $145.00!! That includes lumber, screws, a new countersink, and stain! Boom!
– Just in case you missed that, $145 for an entire wall of beautiful shelving… Double boom!
UPDATED TO ADD: We have had absolutely zero issue with sagging boards in the middle of the shelves. It’s been over a year since we installed them, and they still look just as great as the day they went up!
These are not the identical screws we used, but they are similar:
I can’t wait to show you what they look like now, all filled up and styled… Oh.My.Heart. & Oh.My.Heart.
Have a wonderful weekend! Saturday just happens to be my birthday… I’m off to enjoy the weekend with family!
P.S. If you like shelving/ bookcases as much as I do, be sure to check out my pinterest board. It’s all about it!
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