April 29, 2019

DIY Shelves + Playroom Corner Transformation!

I've seen similar DIY's for picture shelves/book shelves in the past. I decided to just go for it in my own way and I have loved the outcome! In our new home, we have big, tall walls. Naturally, I want to fill them but I hate going overboard and having so many "flat" pieces - picture frames, wall hangings... you get the idea. In order to create some dimension and use the space to it's full potential, I thought these picture shelves would be perfect in the girl's playroom! Bonus, it cost under $25 - that's about $6 per shelf!

All material was bought at Home Depot, those are the prices you will see at their store!

2 - 1 x 4 x 8 Furring Strip Board, cut in half ($2.68/board)
2 - 1 x 2 x 8 Furring Strip Board, cut in half ($1.12/board)
4 4ft. Pieces of 1/4 in x 1 1/2 in Solid Pine Moulding (69¢/foot)
Wood Stain of your choosing! I used "Special Walnut" by Varathane ($4.98)
EZ Anchor Twist-n-Lock 50 lbs ($5.47)
Grit 60 Sanding Paper

Sand down any fraying in the wood or areas that need some love. Start with your biggest piece, the 1x4, and set the 1x2 up against it sitting up against the skinniest part of the 1x4. Once you have it in place, nail it in. If you have a nail gun, that makes this process a lot smoother!

On the opposite end of the 1x4, set up your moulding piece. Nail it in place. Repeat steps for all shelves. 

Using a spade bit or drill bit just the size of your screws, create two holes into the 1x2. This is the piece that will be up against the wall and hold the shelf up in order to create the "floating" look. 

Stain or seal your wood and let it sit for at least 48 hours, or per the instructions on the label. 

The rest is pretty self-explanatory! Hang them up using your anchor kit and boom! You have a beautiful picture or book shelf!  

Since moving into our house, the playroom has been just a room with a couch and toys on the ground. This is the first room when you walk into our house so I wanted it to be cozy but still playful! Creating these shelves was the perfect choice for this corner of the playroom and I'm thrilled with how they turned out. & yes, I do realize I left the hammer on one of the shelves... oh well! 

I love that now we can keep Nova's books up high so we can avoid any future ripping-sprees! Inspiring my kids to read is so important to me. Nova shows so much interest and reads through a huge stack of books every day! It makes my heart sing! Having this space encourages the love of reading and I can't wait to see how it continues to fill up. We may even need to make more shelves in the future!

Nova is already enjoying it! I'll post a full playroom reveal hopefully before baby sister arrives. It's been my focus room this week and we are nearly done! Stay tuned for that :)


Nikki said...

Love love love these! Beautiful job!

Krystan Remaley said...

These shelves are beautiful! I'm saving this post for when I get a home of my own. Thank you for sharing!

Lauren Fullerton said...

Thanks so much!! I am so happy with how they came together.

Lauren Fullerton said...

Yay! Thanks so much. We put these up in our rental no problem!