A Boring Board No More! Reclaimed Wood Floating Shelf DIY

FLOATING SHELF BEFORE AND AFTER

Often times when I need something “perfect” around my house I first look to my own personal junk pile.  Well friends, my pile did not disappoint this time!  I needed a shelf in my bathroom, and this discarded, old, grimy, chunk of wood was just the ticket!  See how this ugly duckling was transformed into a beautiful floating shelf.

To start I removed all the old nails or screws that were left in this board.  

STEP ONE FLOATING SHELF

Then I gave the board a light sanding.  Just to smooth the surface.  The charm of a reclaimed wood item is the rustic nature.  If you do this at home, be sure to wear a protective face mask while sanding.  With old wood it is very possible there are chemicals in the wood.

Floating Shelf Step 2

Then I applied a thin coat of polyurethane to protect your board from cracking.

STEP THREE FLOATING SHELF

To create a floating shelf I used brackets from Rockler.  These brackets were fantastic!  Here is a link to the exact brackets I purchased-  Blind Shelf Link

I used a 7/16 drill bit that drills at least 6″ deep, to create two holes at least 12″ apart to hold my brackets.

STEP 4 FLOATING SHELF

It was important to me that I found a stud to screw the face plates into or use very strong wall anchors.

After attaching the floating shelf brackets to the wall it was as easy as sliding the shelf into the pre-drilled holes of the board.

Then I had a BEAUTIFUL, ONE-OF-A-KIND, floating shelf!

STEP 5 FLOATING SHELF

Below you will see a few pictures of how I styled my shelf.

Shelf Close Up
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Shelf Finished

Easy and special.

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