One of my favorite stores is West Elm...notice I didn't say my favorite store to shop at, but one of my favorite stores. The reason for this is they have awesome products but I usually can't see myself paying the expensive price for them. So I look for ideas and search for ways to bring their designs into my own home. Well I had my eye on these shelves for a really long time...
For Mother's Day my hubby tried to surprise me and order two of these off of ebay. Well long story short, the seller did a terrible job and I only received 1 shelf a month later and then had to return it to even get a refund for the 1 I didn't receive. After looking at it, hubby decided that he could build them himself. And tada! Here they are (even better then what I originally wanted)!
So here is what you'll need
* 1 x 4 x "8" board (you will need to change the length to your own need)
* Table Saw
* Drill (Hubby said a Drill Press is best if you have one)
* Wooden Dowels
First we cut the board into the lengths that I wanted for shelves. The lengths I chose were a 3', a 22", and a 20". We then cut each shelf so that we had a 1" and 3" segment.
Then we pre-drilled four holes in the 1" section. Two for the screws to be attached to the walls and two for the wooden dowels. (Hubby says if you are not using a Drill Press it's easiest to clamp your 1" and 3" pieces together and drill your holes attached so that they match up for your dowels)
Glue your wooden dowels into your 1" section and then attach to your wall.
Slide your 3" section onto your 1" section.
Now you have yourself your very own floating shelf!
To give you an idea of cost, WestElm.com sells a 2ft shelf like this for $49.00 each. On Ebay we were able to find them for around $30.00 each. We were able to build these three shelves for a total of $10! Pretty Awesome!
I love the finished product, now I can't wait to find cute little things to fill the space! (Note that I just placed a few things up to give a more finished look, these are not actually what I plan to use, but I will post pictures when I'm finished :)