Pinup DIY! Installing a floating shelf step by step

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Have you got a good shoe collection? And excess of hat boxes? Need a place to display your collection of ceramic cats? In this post I am going to take you through an easy “DIY” project that requires minimal time and tools and is an inexpensive way to create more space for storage and display! Not only to these “floating” shelves create a pretty display, they are great for creating a practical little shelf space pretty much anywhere, and are especially handy for those little thought of areas – like above doorways and closets, above beds and wall mounted TVs. I also love how they add depth and texture to a wall arrangement and allow you to show small collectables and interesting objects alongside framed art.

Here are some of the different kinds available and different ways they can be used! They come in many colours, styles and sizes and could even be custom painted in any colour.

In my lounge, there are some to display old books (these are a metal bracket but are installed exactly the same way)  and shelf in a crown moulding style above the TV “wall” for family photos (Yes I love colour, and yes I have a lot of stuff!)

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I have put one up next to my daughter’s top bunk since a bedside table would be impossible! And of course, in my room I have quite a few for shoes 🙂

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P1010327Above my closet is a great spot since they make an out of the way display and I can see my favourites! I also have one as you walk in the front door as a landing pad for lipsticks, keys and other easily lost bits and pieces.

This is the shelf I am going to put up, on my side of the bed! Since I decided to re-arrange our bedroom and move the bed against the wall to accommodate more of my vintage obsessions…as a trade off, I got stuck with the wall side – fair enough! So, with the lack of a bedside table, a wall mounted shelf is the perfect solution. I have decided to go for a corner shelf in this instance, here it isP1010319

It cost $22 from Mitre10, and comes with all the necessary hardware to put it up.

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Here is the view from the back, which shows how this “floating” business is accomplished! The 2 wooden “installation blocks” attached to the wall, and the decorative shelf fits onto them, with some small hidden screws on top to hold it firmly in place. Simple and brilliant! Because it is hollow, the shelf is also light weight.

Materials

With the shelf comes the 4 long screws to mount the blocks to the wall (as well as 4 wall anchors if needed), 2 small wood screws and 2 matching shelf coloured stickers to conceal the screws from the top.

As well you will need

P1010318Necessary –
Tape measure or ruler
Phillips screwdriver(s)
Pencil
Level

Nice to have-
Drill with correct size drill bits for both the large screws and wall anchors
Rubber mallet to tap the wall anchors into place
Stud finder (To find your wall studs… I wish this did something more exciting!)

Important! If you are attaching your shelf to your average “gib” wall, you will NEED to anchor it with wall anchors, otherwise it will fall off! If you have a stud finder or know where your wall studs are located – great! But unless blessed by some divine intervention, not all of your screws are going to line up with studs anyway. The ones included with this shelf require a drill. BUT if you don’t have one, don’t despair 🙂 You can buy these cheaply at a hardware store
20141023_100959These simply screw into the wall and don’t require any drilling. They DO make a rather large hole in the wall however, so make sure that’s where you really want that shelf or there will be some serious patching required! If you are going to use this method, just select the size that fit’s the screws provided with your shelf, and make sure you have a Phillips screwdriver for both the large mounting and small wood screws.

Instructions

1. Decide where you would like to place your shelf and hold it up against the wall. Using a pencil, lightly mark at both ends, and both sides for a corner shelf.

2. Using your level (I couldn’t find my small one so have used this simple picture hanging tool), lightly draw draw a line between your marks, just a few mm below (so your fitted shelf covers the pencil lines)
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3. These floating type shelves are designed so the block is shorter than the space it fits into, to allow you to position it to maximise stud positions. Mark the position of the space at the back of your shelf along your ruled line using the tape measure so you can position the block within that space. If there is a stud available in that space, you won’t need the wall anchor. Otherwise, just centre the block approximately. Holding the block against the line, mark the screw holes using a this sharp drill bit or screwdriver.

4.  I’d suggest flipping the power off to the room you are working in at your fuse box, just to be safe! Especially if you are drilling into the wall without checking the wiring behind. Electrocution might slow down this quick project! Drill your holes marked with the correct size drill bit for the long wood screws (mine was 5/32″). If you do not hit a wood stud, re-drill with a larger drill bit the size of the wall anchors (mine was 1/4″) – or screw in the non drill wall anchors. Tap in the wall anchors (if needed) with the mallet.
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5. Mount block onto the holes using the 4 large screws, using either the electric drill or your Phillips screwdriver. Make sure it is firm against the wall without over tightening.
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6. Place the shelf onto the blocks, and attach using the small screws and a small Phillips screwdriver. Cover the screws with the coloured stickers provided.
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And that’s it! My kind of DIY… simple and satisfying 🙂
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Hope you enjoyed this post, as warmer weather warms my lazy bones I have may more DIY projects coming up I can’t wait to share!

Lorelei Louise xx

 

 

Planning our DIY Rocknroll wedding! Part One, Planning tips to control the crazy

Hubby to be and I are getting married next January 24th, and I’ve decided to share my wedding planning journey as I go in a series of blog posts! There are definitely things I would do differently, and things I’ve learned along the way. No matter what kind of wedding you may plan to have one day, I hope I can offer some useful tips and advice, provide inspiration and offer some practical how-tos to follow for some of the DIY projects I am doing for our wedding.

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Don’t let wedding planning turn you into a bat shit crazy raving alcoholic…

What I’ve learned so far about planning a wedding… 

1. Remain true to yourself!

Before you even start looking through magazines, browsing Pinterest and the plethora of online wedding porn, make some notes on what is important to YOU and your partner for your special day. It can be easy to lose sight of this! What colours make you happy? What do you consider unique about yourself and your partner? Have you been to a really fun wedding before, and what made it so for you? What setting can you picture your wedding taking place in… don’t limit yourself on practicality yet, there is plenty of time for that! What wedding “ingredients” that you can think of seem important, and what ones do you not care so much about? This could be anything like  flowers, a formal meal, written wedding invitations, bridesmaids and groomsmen, decorations, music, a cake! It’s your day, and there isn’t anything that you have to include, other than the 2 of you and your celebrant being present!

2. Think honestly and realistically about budget early on… do work through a budget sheet like this one!

Of course, it’s a rough guide and there will be parts you don’t want to include and you may want to spend more on some things and less on others. How this is useful is it gets you thinking about all the possible different costs, the reception is a big one – but your budget also needs to include all the smaller things that add up quickly! This is a good first look at roughly how big your guest list might be also. As we are on a pretty tight budget, I spent considerable time working on budget, and investigating all kinds of different venue and catering options, as well as areas where we could save money by doing things ourselves.

3. Look hard at your guest list!

One big thing I learned here was that there are 2 main ways to cut your overall cost by any significant amount. The first is simple – fewer guests! If your budget is limited and you don’t wish to compromise elsewhere, a smaller more intimate wedding with your nearest and dearest might be a good option. In any case, don’t feel pressured to invite everybody (and their mother). A good question to ask is, will these friends still be in my life in 5 years?  The second way is to have your wedding off season. Venue charges and most other wedding provider fees will be less if you choose to have your wedding outside of the summer and shoulder months. A late autumn, early spring or winter wedding could lend itself to a lovely theme, and save money!

4. Accept you are going to go over budget!

Plan for 15-20%, unless you are an accountant!

5. Do it yourself, not duplicate it yourself

This is kind of a grey area. This article (link) from website Offbeat Bride examines the issue well! Basically “True DIY is taking inspiration and seeing if you can translate it into your own work”. I also think of it as “don’t rip off the little people”! There are tons of talented independent artists out there design everything from wedding photography to gowns and wedding invitations. Prices they charge are usually reasonable, and reflect their costs, their training and their experience. I chose an independent designer on Etsy, who did the custom graphic design of my wedding invitations and it was money extremely well spent!

6. Choose your DIY projects wisely

If you are creative or crafty, or on a tight budget, DIY wedding projects can be an extremely slippery slope! At one point I think I had around 5 wedding craft books out from the library, and about a million different things I wanted to make which were going to be AMAZING and UNIQUE and save me SO MUCH MONEY! Errrrrm not so much. The project management side of wedding planning takes a lot of time – making sure things are booked, doing research and getting quotes, people wrangling, paying deposits… the list goes on. This is on top of your normal daily life. Even if you work 24 hours a day and don’t sleep for 6 months, you won’t be able to make everything for your wedding. And it will still be amazing, even without 500 bespoke embossed placeholders and hand embroidered napkins.

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Choose only one or two labour intensive projects. I decided to make my own invitations and my lovely mother is sewing all the bunting for the venue. Everything else is either outsourced, or incredibly simple. For instance – tying a ribbon around the top of a jar is simple, even repeating 100 times. Handpainting jars in rainbow colours would fall into the prior category! Choose something you ENJOY doing and have done before! If you can’t sew, now is not the time to learn. Stick to glue, or staples. Ditto for calligraphy, any kind of construction and baking! No – it’s not as simple as it looks. If something can be purchased inexpensively, hired or borrowed – don’t make it just because you can! You will thank me later. And don’t feel pressured to craft anything, I promise bespoke crafts are not a prequisite of a fantastic and unique wedding, no matter what Pinterest says. I am going to do a post in this series of EASY ways to personalise your wedding, whether you are crafty or not!

Oh and don’t under any circumstances make these “simple DIY wedding snow globes” as table decorations. I’m telling you, don’t even try.

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Yes the groom is headless. Yes it leaks. Yes the water went murky. Yes it tooks 10 times as long as I expected and yes I made 6 of these disasters I can’t bear to throw away so I have to look at the little horrors lined up on my windowsill. Upside down with the heads floating in them.

Next up in this blog post series I’m going to take you through step by step my own DIY Rocknroll wedding invitations!

Here’s a peek 🙂

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