24 DIY Floating Shelves Wall-to-Wall With Solid Wood

Final evening we hung the cabinets within the studying room and the design that has been in our minds lastly got here to fruition. From this:

To this:

We actually wished wall-to-wall thicker strong wooden cabinets that perhaps regarded like they had been floating, however not essentially are–since you may’t very simply obtain that with strong wooden. We’re so happy with the outcomes! After all, now we are able to fill them up with books and a few equipment, however earlier than we try this we wished to present you a full breakdown of what we used and what we did in case you wished to do one thing related in your house. And why wouldn’t you!?

What We Used:

four–10 three/four″ deep x 2 half″ thick x 10′ lengthy boards of Douglas Fir. (We particular ordered these from our native lumber yard for $33 every)
100 grit sandpaper
Minwax Gel Stain in Walnut
Satin Polycrylic
20–2″x5/eight″inside nook brackets
40–three/four″ screws (got here with the within nook braces we purchased from Ace)
16–heavy obligation anchors
Miter Noticed
Palm sander
DeWalt influence driver
Stud Finder
Philips screwdriver

What We Did:

We particular ordered the boards as a result of we wished them a bit of thicker, and we wished squared edges. We had been pleasantly stunned at how cheap they had been. Even nonetheless, the ends had been a bit of tough and uneven, which we anticipated, so step one was to sq. the sides and reduce them to suit on the wall precisely. For this, we used a miter noticed. The blade wasn’t sufficiently big to chop via the entire board (wah wahhh), so Chris reduce half, flipped the board, lined up the blade with the primary reduce, and completed reducing via.

Though we wished the cabinets to appear to be they had been floating (ie, no seen brackets), we knew that will be tough to attain with the dimensions of boards we had been coping with. The boards had been actually heavy. So we picked up these 2 inch metallic angle brackets. These labored good, as a result of they had been brief sufficient to cover behind the two.5 inch boards, however robust sufficient to carry the load with out bending. One thing this brief wouldn’t work if simply holding from the again wall, however since we had been placing the cabinets wall-to-wall, we might have one bracket on every finish to forestall the boards from sagging ahead. So after reducing the boards to dimension, we measured the wall and located three considerably evenly-spaced studs that we might join the brackets straight into. Sadly, there weren’t any studs the place we would have liked them to be on the perimeters, so we discovered some heavy-duty wall anchors, every rated to carry as much as 75 kilos. We’d have two anchors supporting all sides bracket (a complete of four anchors within the 2 facet brackets for every board), and matched with the back-wall brackets mounted on to the studs, this may give us loads of help.

After taking the measurements and deciding the place the brackets would mount on the again wall, we marked these places on our boards and routed areas out so the brackets might set contained in the boards, making them flush and fewer seen. It’s essential to take the measuring a part of this step critical, as a result of the brackets are held on the wall earlier than you place the cabinets. This implies your routed out areas must match completely with the place the brackets are mounted. We’ve all heard the recommendation to “measure twice, reduce as soon as.” Effectively with this, measure 5 or 6 instances, pray like mad, after which reduce.

After deciding one of the simplest ways to stain the boards (you may examine that right here), we sanded them easy with a palm sander, outfitted with 100 grit sandpaper–being cautious to not over-sand, as a result of that may influence Douglas Fir’s capability to simply accept stain. So we took our time to get it proper.

The gel stain we talked about earlier this week labored completely. We unfold it on good and thick, wiped it off with rags and paper towels, and let every coat cry for eight hours. We did two coats of stain, plus a layer of water-based satin polycrylic–which provides off a pleasant low-lustre sheen. Nothing too shiny, simply protects.

As soon as the cabinets had been reduce, sanded, routed, stained and sealed, we solely wanted to get them mounted. Our mates at Ace despatched over a heavy obligation 18V DeWalt Affect driver for us to check out. We weren’t positive what to anticipate when evaluating it to our commonplace drill that we’ve been utilizing for the previous three years, however, effectively, have you ever ever used an influence driver? We had been coping with strong wooden and studs and it was like butter. The truth is, the primary stud Chris drove a bracket into, he thought he missed the stud! It was easy. We’re engaged on placing collectively a giveaway with Ace as a result of these are a kind of game-changer instruments we are able to’t think about dwelling with out.  Keep tuned. It’s good.

Ensuring the brackets had been degree on the wall
We realized this trick from our good friend, Preston. Hammer a phillips screwdriver (or nail) simply as soon as earlier than drilling a screw so it doesn’t wobble when driving

Anyway, again to it. We measured the predetermined places for the brackets a number of instances, drew traces, and mounted them with 2″ screws. The brand new driver labored completely and the brackets had been strong. However the huge unknown was if the brackets would line up with the routed slots within the cabinets. We grabbed the boards, lifted them up…

held our collective breath, and…

They matched up. Completely. Cue sigh of reduction. The arduous half was over. The cabinets had been degree. The final step was simply driving three/four″ screws into the underside of the cabinets to safe them in place. After which stand again and pat ourselves on the again.

We’ve got spent each different minute, simply sitting on the sofa taking a look at our fairly, empty cabinets. However this weekend we are able to’t wait to load them up and wrap this room up–for now. Blissful Weekend to all of you!

To learn extra in regards to the transformation of our studying room, click on right here.

We’re one of many eight bloggers on the Ace Blogger Panel and this submit was in collaboration with Ace . They despatched us the influence driver to attempt to overview and we’re at the moment engaged on a giveaway for all of you (as quickly because it will get again in inventory!). All opinions and phrases are our personal. Promise. 

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