Hello my (hopefully) Pinspired readers! If you read my last post, you’ll know that I did a mini-makeover of my laundry room over the last couple weekends. First part of my makeover magic was a DIY Weathered Wood Plank Wall that I put up behind the washer and dryer. Well, I didn’t want the wall space above those life-saving appliances to go to waste so I decided to build a DIY floating wood shelf above the washer and dryer so I could put up some pretty farmhouse decor and store laundry-related stuff in that space (okay, so maybe they aren’t technically life saving but they are sanity saving! I’d go a little berzerk if I had to wash and dry all the laundry by hand week after week after week in addition to working full time!)
DIY Floating Wood Shelf Materials & Supplies:
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|Circular Saw||Drill Driver
|Measuring Tape||Drill Bits||3-Inch Wood Screws
|Brad Nailer||2-Inch Brad Nails||Dark Walnut Wood Stain|
|Polyurethane, Satin||Kreg Pocket-Hole Jig||2 1/2″ Pocket Hole Screws|
|2-Inch Wood Screw|
DIY Floating Wood Shelf Wood List:
|Based on length and width you build your shelf||2×2||Length will be: (length of wall x 2) + (18″ x # support boards)|
|1 sheet||3/4″ sheet plywood||8′|
|1||1×4||6′ (unless shelf is longer than 6′)|
DIY Floating Wood Shelf Instructions:
1.Use a stud finder and a pencil to mark the location of the studs in the wall at the height/location where the shelf will be built.
2. Measure the length of the wall for your shelf using the tape measure.
3. Cut two 2×2 boards to the length of the wall.
4. Place one of the 2×2 boards on the wall at the preferred height, using a level to ensure it is straight and use the brad nailer to attach the board on the wall as a temporary hold while you predrill holes.
5. Once the board is temporarily held with brad nails, use a drill with a drill bit that is just slightly narrower than the shaft of your screws, and predrill two holes into the board over each stud in the wall.
6. Permanently attach the board using 3″ wood screws through each predrilled hole.
7. Next cut two 2×2″ boards to 18″ each (assuming you want your shelf built to a depth of 21″ front to back, if you want your shelf narrower, cut these boards to the desired depth of your shelf). Since my shelf was going over the washer and dryer, I wanted it to be fairly deep so I could easily reach it over the washer and dryer, since they stick out from the wall pretty far.
8. Mark the location of the studs in the wall with a stud finder and pencil.
9. Place each board on each side of the side walls, making sure they are even with the board on the back wall (use a level), and then temporarily attach to the wall with brad nails.
10. Predrill two holes over each stud in the wall, and then attach the boards permanently with 3″ wood screws.
11. Cut additional 2×2 boards to 18″ (or to the length you cut your two side boards if different than 18″). Depending on the length of your shelf, you may need anywhere from 1 to 4 additional 2×2 boards. My shelf was 61″ long, so I cut an additional three boards to 18″.
12. Using the Kreg pocket hole jig, drill two 1 1/2″ pocket holes into one side of one end of each board.
13. Evenly space the 18″ boards between the two end side boards and attach to the board on the back wall using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.
14. Attach the remaining 2×2 board (that was cut in step 3) to the ends of each of the 18″ 2×2 boards, first using brad nails to temporarily hold it in place, and then using wood screws (predrill holes first).
15. Cut a 3/4″ piece of plywood to the same length and width as the shelf frame that is attached to the wall (the plywood should touch the wall and line up exactly with the outer edge of the front board of the frame).
16. Cut a 1×4 board to the same length as the shelf.
17. Sand the cut plywood board and the 1×4 until smooth, and then stain both with Dark Walnut stain.
18. Once the stain has dried, add three coats of polyurethane (I used a satin finish), letting the board dry between each coat and lightly sanding between each coat.
19. Once the boards have dried, place the plywood board onto the top of the shelf frame and clamp it down to the frame to ensure it is level and straight.
20. Use 2″ screws to attach the plywood board to the shelf frame (predrill first and try to attach the shelf top from the underside if possible – through the 2×2 and into the plywood above; attach from above if there is not enough room beneath the shelf to attach from underneath).
21. Use the brad nailer and brad nails to attach the 1×4 across the front of the shelf, make sure the 1×4 is flush with the top of the plywood shelf.
22. Now, add some farmhouse decor to your fancy new laundry room floating shelf!
Stay tuned for the rest of my DIY laundry room mini-makeover projects, they will be posted soon!
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