Wall Shelf Master

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The completion of this shelf project for the kitchen means a lot to us. Pragmatically, our counter space is freed up for quicker chopping and dicing sessions. Aesthetically, the stain of the wood (I need to be better at before and after images) complements the wall color and ties into the decor. Lastly, and probably most importantly, I’ve become a master shelf maker. Yes, a “master” shelf maker/crafter…

I dabble in many things…most of them with peripheral attention. Not shelf making though! As Young Jeezy, Weezy, and Money would say: “I’m killing it son”.

For this project, my wife and I decided to head over to Home Depot to find a wood plank and a few brackets. I wanted to find something that wasn’t going to cover the width of the wall, but enough to make a statement of functionality and craftsmanship. We took our time in the lumber area trying to find the right piece. But to no avail; either the lumber was too long, too warped, not long enough, or too trifling to deal with all together. In the next aisle over, we found a few other selections of pre-cut boards…some of them with right angles. The one we decided on had a rounded edge to one long side of the wood, giving it some shape and detail along the eventually decided front side. Moving along, we picked up three brackets and an ebony wood stain.

Why three brackets and not four? Well, given that wall studs are a minimum of 12 inches apart and up to 24 inches apart, I decided to divide the board into three supported sections—hoping that I’d find 3 wall studs at equal distance between the 48 inch board that I had in my cart. (Prior to going that day to Home Depot, I used a stud finder to adequately find and calculate the distance of each stud. By “eyeballing” the distance, I was sure three brackets was all I need….yes, I’m that nerdy, but gifted.)

Back at home, the only problematic issue I had was finding the exact stud distance and transferring that distance to my ebony stained “fancy” shelf. With my wife’s help, we put the shelf against the wall, marked the studs, and placed an “X” on the board to secure the brackets’ positions.

After sanding, staining, drilling, and installing, the result was very gratifying…to our cats!

Total time building and installing: 1 1/2 hours.
Total amount of time writing this blog while killing time at work: Immeasurable.

btw: In becoming a wall shelf master, I now glow like Sho’Nuf.

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