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diy floating shelf

This DIY float shelf project has been in my mind for A LONG time.  Since we have been in quarantine this past month, it has been the perfect time to finally get some projects done around the house. I have wanted to have a gallery wall in our house for forever and as soon as we started building our new house I started looking for ideas! I came across a picture of a floating shelf gallery wall and I loved it! I knew it would be perfect for the wall in our living room right above the couch. I started looking around at stores (when they were open) and couldn't find one that I loved, plus we live in rural area so I don't have many options.  I showed my husband my idea and we came up with these! I will show you step by step how we made these floating shelves so you can do the same!

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Step 1

We bought these select pine boards at home depot. The 2.5" boards are used for the bottom & back board, the 1.5" board is used for the front and sides of the shelf. I wanted to make one 6' shelf and one 3' shelf. So we bought 4 - 2.5" boards & 2 - 1.5" boards..

Step 2

.We cut the boards down to size (2 6' long boards of the 2.5" board and 1 6' long 1.5" board) and started putting them together. We decided to use a little wood glue (we used gorilla wood glue) because the nails we used were a little shorter than we expected and we wanted to make sure they wouldn't fall apart. After gluing them together we used a nail gun and 1 inch nails to secure them.

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Step 3 

After they were put together we put a little drywall patching putty in the nail holes to make a smoother finish. We used this just because this is what we had on hand, you could also use a wood filler if you have that instead. If you want a more rustic look, I think you could let the nail holes show through and it would look just fine. We let them dry for about 20 minutes before sanding them down. We bought the premium/select pinewood that is already pretty smooth so not much sanding was even needed.

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Step 4

We smoothed out the nail holes and a couple dings in the wood and they were ready to be stained. I used this Varathane premium wood stain in antique white for my boards. I love the look of this stain! I love how the grain of the wood still shows through a little, but you can use use any color of paint or stain you want. We let them dry overnight, added a second coat and let that dry over night.

Step 5

.After they were dry we put them up! We measured out where the studs were in the wall and and used 2 1/2 inch screws to secure them to the wall. I used more drywall putty to cover up the screw holes, sanded the putty down once it was dry, and added a few pain touch ups. After that they were ready to be decorated. 

I absolutely love how they turned out! It was a super simple DIY project that anyone can do.  I'm actually thinking of making a couple more to put in the bathroom. If you have any questions please feel free to leave me a comment and I'll get back to you!  Happy DIY-ing!

-Carrie Lynn @ Little Big Things

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