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DIY Faux Built-In Floating Shelves


Handcrafted built-in floating shelves

Our house is a typical one story ranch style house. The bedrooms are on one side, the kitchen is in the middle, all the rooms are separated by walls (as opposed to the open concept, which we’re not a big fan of, so it’s nice), and there’s a formal front living room off the entryway. One feature that always seemed to be missing, in my opinion, was the set of built-in shelves in the formal living room I mentioned. I feel like you always see a pair of matching cabinets and shelves in 1960s farmhouse living rooms, right?

Well, our house didn’t come with these details, and I wanted to add them, but without Having to hire a professional cabinet maker (or having to make something that would take me weeks and cost hundreds of dollars, for that matter). Instead, I’ve spent the past few months trying to come up with something that fits our modern aesthetic and our shoestring home decor budget. The final solution? Eight of These $30 floating shelves are from Target.

Handcrafted built-in floating shelves

Handcrafted built-in floating shelvesHandcrafted built-in floating shelves

The photos above show what I’ve done to decorate this spot in our living room up to this point. By the way, the two walls you see in our living room are the back sides of two front cabinets. To fill it out on the living room side in the meantime, I placed an antique mid-century cottage there that I had purchased at an antique store last year, and the other side hosted one of my dad’s handmade chairs and a wall clock. . It had gone well the year leading up to this project, but I knew we could do better. The side of the bench didn’t serve much purpose at all, and the china hutch, while beautiful, was too small to hold and display all of my favorite collectibles and books (the hutch has since been moved to the kitchen, by the way).

Handcrafted built-in floating shelvesHandcrafted built-in floating shelves

It took a while for me to come up with a solution, but I think it happened when I was looking at pictures of our old house, the living room. You can see it here in this recent home tour I posted last November. If you scroll down a bit in this post, you’ll see a picture of the vaulted ceiling in our living room and a small set of four floating shelves that I hung on the side wall there. Those were the shelves Purchased online from TargetAnd it worked well to display our favorite treasures. I have since repurchased those same shelves countless times in other rooms because they are affordable and hold a surprising amount of weight. Not once did I notice any sagging.

The light bulb went off once I was reminded of those shelves again, and I realized I could get the look of built-in shelves just by hanging multiple shelves. If I made four on both sides, it would give me the symmetrical display area I was looking for, and it would only cost about $150. Sold.

Handcrafted built-in floating shelvesHandcrafted built-in floating shelvesHandcrafted built-in floating shelves

The reason I was able to keep this project on budget is because I stole a bunch of floating shelves that I had been hanging in other rooms in our house. I knew I could replace those shelves with artwork, and that the shelves would be put to better use in our living room, so I had no concerns about moving them to the front of the house. I only had to buy a total of five new shelves to complete my set of eight.

The main thing you want to be careful about with these shelves is that you screw them directly into as many screws as possible to avoid sagging the shelf. Fortunately, these shelves have metal brackets with several holes scattered across the surface, so it’s safe to assume you’ll hit a nail or two when you install them.

Bad news for I is that I needed to mount my shelves in a very specific spot on the wall because I wanted them centered. The holes on the bracket didn’t line up perfectly with where the screws were, but I was able to fix that fairly easily by marking the location of the screws on my bracket and using a strong drill bit to slowly drill new holes through the metal where the screws would then sink In the buttons. The process went easy for us, so I’d say feel free to drill holes in your brackets to get things lined up correctly.

Handcrafted built-in floating shelves

Handcrafted built-in floating shelves

Handcrafted built-in floating shelvesHandcrafted built-in floating shelves

Handcrafted built-in floating shelves

It took about an hour of careful measuring and marking on both the walls and brackets, and then another hour of drilling and hanging to install, but we had this project scrapped in an afternoon with little stress. It would have cost a lot of money to hire a professional to install real built-ins, and although they would be beautiful, I think I would actually prefer installing my own floating shelf more. It looks more modern to me and complements our aesthetic better than traditional built-ins.

I’m so happy to have a convenient place to display all of our favorite art, ceramics, plants, books, and more. Oh, and if you’re wondering how cats handle breakable items on shelves, I used them This museum paste To tape all fragile items down. So far, so good. Let me know what you think of this project in the comments! Would you have spent on real extras? Or do you like how the budget-friendly shortcut turned out? If you would like to try this project in your home, Grab the shelves hereand you can see an alternative way to design it here in a blog post I wrote from our old house.

Handcrafted built-in floating shelves

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