DIY Home Decor – Make this super-easy + budget friendly floating shelf DIY home project and display all your pretty things. Pretty great for plants too. Head on below for the tutorial.
A few days ago I shared a post about this awesome find from the Attic and now I’m sharing what I did with it. I abso-f-ing-lutely love it. This floating shelf DIY home project totally reinvented the corner of my room, which was kinda empty and dull before. And now it’s just so pretty.
My attempts of dealing with the dullness of said corner, started with hanging a few frames on the white wall. I thought that just the floating shelf as it is, or just the few frames I had, won’t do the job. And I’m one of those people who like to leave a personal touch to things, whether it’s about decorating, organizing a party, gifts, and so on.
So, before I installed the Nonchalant Floating Shelf, I drew a flamingo, painted it with watercolor, and framed it in white frame. The pink flamingo, even though not a big painting still managed to introduce some color to the otherwise everything-neutral-and-blending-in room. Then I drew this triangle, which brought a minimalist vibe to the corner. I hung one empty frame, so now there’s three. And three’s a crowd, right?
The thing about the Nonchalant Floating Shelf, other then it being a great piece of refreshing decor, is that it’s incredibly easy to make. I’ve given my best efforts in photographing the whole process, ’cause I firmly believe that best way of learning how to do something is (mostly) through photographs. I can only hope that this post (as well as any other) is as helpful and understandable, as it is fun.
Drill – As much as drilling a hole through your wall may sound fun, it’s not that easy. Which is why I asked my father to help me and drill the hole in my ceiling. And the holes on the actual wooden board.
PVC Anchor Fastener and a Hook – When buying the hook and the anchor fastener, I tried to make sure that the hook is just about the right size & can endure the weight of the shelf and the stuff I’ll put there altogether. Since I have little (or no) knowledge of these things, I explained to the people at the hardware store what did I need the hook for, and they’ve found the right one. I was determined to avoid waking up in the middle of the night because the hook decided it’s not strong enough and the shelf fell on my head. So, there’s that.
String – or rope.
2. Taking some Measurements.
Hey look at me “taking measurements”. I’m sure that normal people do this rather differently, but I have a valid explanation. I started picturing where the Nonchalant Floating Shelf would look and serve best, and I had in mind, on one hand, the frames that I’d just hung, and on the other, the height of my couch. So, the right place for the Nonchalant Floating Shelf was somewhere between “Lower then the flamingo frame and not cover it” & “Not too low so that it doesn’t hit me in the head while sleeping, but still not too much higher then the back pillows”. I just realized 2 things: First, Wow! I do sound like a complicated gal. And, second, it seems I have some weird obsession with my head and things wanting to hit it.
See?! Valid explanation, thank you very much.
3. Cutting 2 Pieces of String.
To go on each side of the board, width-wise.
4. Strings through Holes.
Put each of the 2 pieces of string through the holes, again, width-wise.
5. Watch out from the Dog.
6. Do This.
7. Then Tie a Knot.
8. Final Checks and Hang.
The idea here is to make sure that the knot you just tied comes in the center of the board, so that you have a nice, flat, actually functional Nonchalant Floating Shelf. But, since this here is a string, it’s easily adjustable even if you’ve already hung it. Actually, that worked better for me.
9. Style it and Done.