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DIY Floating Shelves.

Project overview

We need somewhere to put towels and other stuff in the bathroom we bathe our kids. This is a small full bathroom with only cabinet under the sink where we could put anything. We didn't want anything that the kids could pull down so we decided on floating shelves.Since the cabinet was high gloss black, I went with that color on the shelves. We decided on the 3 shelves. The space between tile and the mirror is 29". I decided to make the shelves 20" long and that would give me 4.5" on either side of the shelf. In the interest of full disclosure, I started this project before I started this blog so there are a few pics missing. 

 

Materials - what I used

2  - 6' 2x4 - for the fame to mount ot the wall

3  - 6' 1x8 select pine - for the box top,bottom, front and sides

2  - sheets of 150 grit sand paper

2  - cans of spray paint

27 - 3' deck screws

3  - 1.24 drywall screws

 

Tools - what I used

Miter saw

table saw

Dewalt 20vMax cordless drill

random orbital sander

Kreg pocket hole jig

TiteBond II glue

 

This is a picture of the boxes put together and sanded.

This is a picture of the boxes put together and sanded.

Here are 2 pictures showing how I put the boxes together with the pocket holes. I also put glue on all of the edges of pieces where they met another piece.

Here are 2 pictures showing how I put the boxes together with the pocket holes. I also put glue on all of the edges of pieces where they met another piece.

This picture shows that I used a tarp to cover my work bench and then put scrap piece of under the box so that tarp wouldn't cover the bottom edge of the box. This made sure the spray paint could hit the entire box all at once.

This picture shows that I used a tarp to cover my work bench and then put scrap piece of under the box so that tarp wouldn't cover the bottom edge of the box. This made sure the spray paint could hit the entire box all at once.

The spray paint I used.

The spray paint I used.

This picture shows that I did a small cut off the edge of the 2x4 to make sure that it was flat. Since this would be mount to the wall and be what the box mounted to, it needed to be dead flat.

This picture shows that I did a small cut off the edge of the 2x4 to make sure that it was flat. Since this would be mount to the wall and be what the box mounted to, it needed to be dead flat.

This shows the added supports sticking out of the 2x4s. I drilled 2 pilot holes(not shown) through the 2x4s and placed 2 3" deck screws to attach each support. I also figured out where my studs in the wall were and put 4 pilot holes in each 2x4 so that my deck screws could go through and attach to the wall. The pilot holes need to bigger than the treads of the deck screw but not bigger that head of the screw. This way the threads only engage into the wall stud and not the 2x4 and then the head of the screw will pull the 2x4 tight to the wall.

This shows the added supports sticking out of the 2x4s. I drilled 2 pilot holes(not shown) through the 2x4s and placed 2 3" deck screws to attach each support. I also figured out where my studs in the wall were and put 4 pilot holes in each 2x4 so that my deck screws could go through and attach to the wall. The pilot holes need to bigger than the treads of the deck screw but not bigger that head of the screw. This way the threads only engage into the wall stud and not the 2x4 and then the head of the screw will pull the 2x4 tight to the wall.

This is just a pic of me mounting the 2x4s to level to the wall.

This is just a pic of me mounting the 2x4s to level to the wall.

Here are the finished shelves. I put one 1.25' drywall screw through the shelf and into the 2x4 it is sitting on(not shown). I put these on the back side of the boxes where 99 percent of the time the wont be seen. Also this just makes sure the boxes wont slide around any on the 2x4s.

Here are the finished shelves. I put one 1.25' drywall screw through the shelf and into the 2x4 it is sitting on(not shown). I put these on the back side of the boxes where 99 percent of the time the wont be seen. Also this just makes sure the boxes wont slide around any on the 2x4s.

Just a final picture to shows how we plan to use the shelf

Just a final picture to shows how we plan to use the shelf

Conclusion:

This project turned out great. If I had to do it over again I would have cut the 2x4s that were mounted to the wall in half and therefore made my boxes smaller to give a little more room between the shelves.