From the earliest thoughts on my studio, I knew I wanted a wall to wall counter height work area with shelves above. As work on my studio is nearing an end, I finally have my shelves! Pretty white shelves that pop off my blue focal wall!
On my recent Ikea shopping trip, I picked up eight shelf brackets. I intended to get shelves, too, but they were out of all the deep shelves. I couldn’t settle for shallower shelves, because I want ample display space and room for my larger design books.
The other snag was the brackets I wanted, in the larger size, are not available in white. Nothing a can of paint can’t solve. I painted all the nooks and crannies of these brackets in my favorite Martha Stewart Tailor’s Chalk. To make sure the finish was smooth, I used my not-so-secret ingredient for improving paint flow and reducing brushstrokes.
For the shelves I went with my old fallback…stair treads, which I painted white. I first used stair treads as shelves in my laundry room. They are 11.5″ deep and a nice chunky 1″ thick. The unfinished pine treads are about $9 each. And, the best part…they have a pretty bullnose front edge. It is my secret tip for cheap, but high-end looking shelves.
To install the shelves I got a little crazy. Let’s just say I have a habit of making too many holes in the wall when I install shelves. I wanted to make sure I planned these right. So, I taped them to the wall with painter’s tape to see if the height felt right. I even taped up the utensil rail I plan to hang underneath the lower shelf.
With everything taped up, I settled on the bottom shelf being 24″ above the counter. For reference, that is higher than the bottom edge of kitchen wall cabinets. I wanted extra head room for my work area. The top shelf is about 15″ above the lower shelf. This spacing was to accommodate the large soffit on the left side of the room. I wanted equal space on the two shelves.
With all the measurements decided I used a 4 ft level and chalk to mark where to hang my brackets. Yep, I just borrowed a piece of chalk from the kitchen chalkboard and drew all over my wall. I knew it would wipe off easily with a damp cloth when I finished.
Once all my brackets were up, I set the shelves on top and stood back to marvel at my work. Oooh, I am in love. I cannot wait to style these and finally put out all the great containers and decor I have been hoarding for this space.
Before I go, let me tell you how much I LOVE these shelf brackets. Even though we have a new home (less than three years old), I have found every wall in our home to be wonky. I have the hardest time hanging shelves. I even had a complete failure trying to hang floating shelves in the nursery because the wall was not straight.
This brand new wall in my office is no exception. It bows out about a 1/2″ towards the middle. The beauty of this bracket style is the shelf does not sit against the wall. The uneven wall is much less noticeable with these brackets. Here is a side shot, showing the top part of the bracket that causes the shelves to float out from the wall.
There are just a few projects left to finish on this focal wall of my studio. I need to build the countertop across my craft space cabinets. I also have something pretty going up in the center between the shelves. More to come soon!
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