Monday, 16 January 2012

floating shelves

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah
zip-a-dee-ay
my oh my what a wonderful day !!!
This is my happy song because I now have two floating shelves in the living-room.
I actually imagined these about 5 years ago, when I moved in with my dear old geezer.
Before blogging, before considering stencilling the walls, I wanted these shelves.
This is the before. This is basically what we looked at for about five years !


And now - after selling our cafe and having more time,
being given a laptop,
discovering blogs on interiors,
following inspirational people,
we have this -


The stencilled alcoves, that I wrote about here with a floating shelf in each
(painted white of course).






To put up these shelves I basically marked a line on the wall with a level.
Drilled six holes for each shelf and put in 4inch screws.
I chiselled out notches on the underside of each piece of wood, in line with
the screw. See below.


Then I filled the holes and painted the shelves with two coats of emulsion.

Apart from the first one, I drilled ALL the holes, with the dreaded HAMMER DRILL.
I needed help putting the screws in ( I need to build more muscle).
The chiselling out was actually fun, I quite enjoyed that bit.

For my 'impossible challenge I need repeat this 10 times in the dining room.
I HAVE to do it all myself.
And I have to have it done by 31st January.
WISH ME LUCK !!!
If you also want to take part, press the button on the left sidebar for details.




zip-a-dee-doo-dah.................................

linking up with
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Tuesdays Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Show me what ya got @ Not Just a Housewife
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
Primp Your Stuff Wednesdays @ {Primp}
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Inspiration Friday @ At the Picket Fence
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff and Nonsense

17 comments:

  1. wow this is just beautiful Fiona! I love the stencils too, I missed when you posted about that. I'm loving the floating shelves, all of a sudden I'm looking around thinking where can i put some shelves?!? lol thanks for sharing love, it looks great!

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  2. The shelves look great. And, ummm, great way to build that muscle - just use that hammer drill more and more and more and more..........

    ~Bliss~

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    1. Yes, I can feel the ache in my arms still !!! x

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  3. Hi Fiona, I absolutely adore what you have done with your floating shelves. Everything on them looks gorgeous too. Now I have the bug, I want to put shelves up but I think I might have to put them up on brackets. I'm a little too chicken to start drilling holes in my apartment walls. Time will tell and if I do, I will eventually post pics on my blog. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.com/

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  4. Fiona, you did it girl! Bravo! And the shelves fit perfectly there! I'm proud of you!

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  5. A little tiny observation... have you ever considered to put one more shelf right above the radiator? I think it would be nice!

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    1. Dearest Olga - I have the wood already, exactly the same planks to make a shelf over the rads. Then I am going to build cabinets underneath. I couldn't do it for my challenge though as I don't have enough wood, and we have got to cut down on the spending at the moment. But I will definately be doing this in the future. x

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  6. OK then! You have big plans! Go ahead! :)
    P.S.: check out my blog later today... you've got yourself another award!

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  7. LUCK LUCK LUCK -- that's me sending wishes of luck. I thought I might need to shout since you're so far away ...

    Thanks for sending me the link to your update. I'm thinking "impossibility" success!

    Linda
    itallstartedwithpaiint@gmail.com

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  8. i do adore
    your new floaters

    how pretty and light they look

    i want some for my kitchen

    thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    alison

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  9. Hi Fiona, The shelves look wonderful and I love your stenciled alcoves. Best of luck with your dinig room project and thanks for linking to the Open House Party. xo, Sherry

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  10. That room is really taking shape! It looks great so far. I'm already dreaming up what I can do with ours! ^__^ Love the floating shelves and that's a great idea for how to do them.

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  11. Wow they look amazing. Thanks for sharing. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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