DIY Living Room Shelves
Okay, so I LOVE the look of built-ins, BUT I can't afford all of the wood needed to create actual built-ins so I decided I would fake it. Plus I wanted to incorporate lots of books and 'junk' everywhere in my living room for cottage purposes. :)
So I drove my car to the hardware store and bought me 22 dollars worth of lumber. I used pieces of pine that were 1 inch thick. For the top of the shelf, I used a 6 inch boards and for the facing I used 3 inch boards. I also bought L brackets to screw the shelves to my walls.
Again I am horrible and I didn't take any process pictures- I just get so excited! But it was very simple. We didn't angle the corners at all so the boards are literally just screwed together, each 90 degree angle butting up together. It did look very primitive, but again, I am going for shabby cottage, so it all worked out.
For this project, I wanted the paint to look like the fire place, but I didn't want to take the time to paint the first coat of brown (remember how lazy I am?)
So Instead I bought Rustoleum spray paint in Espresso. It literally took me 5 minutes to spray down every shelf. I let that dry for a few, rubbed the edges with Vaseline, and coated it with whatever extra white paint I could find in the garage ( I think it was trim paint for bathrooms). Anyway, it beaded similarly to the fireplace and I didn't have to to a lick of sanding. Oh happy day!
Well here is the final outcome:
I didn't have a lot of junk to pile on the shelves, so for now I gathered all the spare picture frames I had (most are from TJ Maxx) and then I went to the thrift shop (got twenty dollars in my pocket) and started buying books based on their jacket color. I know, I am a horrible person to do that to books, but I love it! Being horrible that is... And then some books, I just covered in some spare scrap paper I had lying around to add some more bulk (thrift store books are expensive!).