My office redo has got me all like “what am I doing with my life?!” Seriously, do you ever get to that point where you can’t figure one tiny thing out and suddenly you start irrationally questioning ALL of your life choices?
For example: I can’t figure out if I like these shelves here. And I don’t know where to hang our diplomas. Now I’m not sure it was a good idea to buy those jeans three months ago. Or make macaroni and cheese for supper last night. It was probably a terrible idea to wash my car last week. I shouldn’t have trashed that milk jug a year ago. Why didn’t I buy more wrapping paper when it was on sale after Christmas? THIS IS CRAZY!!!
So, sometimes I just have to walk away.
When I decided to redo the office, I first pulled everything out and painted the walls. Then I built a window bench and some cabinets along one of the walls. As I mentioned in a previous post about my new desk, I changed my mind about my plans for the room at that point. I put everything on hold until the desk was built so I could get a feel for what I wanted in the room after that. After the desk was in the room, I LOVED it. BUT, the walls were empty. I had a few things to hang, but I also needed some shelves for my books and odds and ends…and my massive collection of mason jars…
So I built some shelves. I’ll get back to this madness right after I show you how I built these shelves.
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First you will need:
1x8x8 (you can use a 1×10 or 1×12 for a deeper shelf if you want)
Miter saw (or chop saw)
L-brackets for hanging
1 1/4″ wood screws
Cut pieces of DIY corner shelves to size
When I built these, I used 9′ of board. I will show you how to use only 8′ so you can save having to buy another board just for one foot. I cut two pieces of board 28″ long and four pieces 10″ long using my miter saw.
Assemble long side of shelf
I screwed the 28″ pieces onto the ends of one of the 10″ pieces with 1 1/4″ wood screws. I could have used pocket holes and screws here, but this is cleaner (you wont see pocket holes) and it would be hard to get the drill in after the first 28″ piece was on.
Add the short side to the shelf
Then, I used pocket holes and screws to attach the two 10″ pieces to the other end of the 28″ pieces at a 90 degree angle. See picture below. NOTE: Think about how you want to hang your shelves and have the pocket holes face up. This way, you can set something on the shelf to cover the hole on the bottom pieces and you wont see the top of the top piece if you hang it eye level or higher.
Then, I screw the last 10″ piece between these two short boards using 1 1/4″ wood screws.
Now, you can stain it or paint it before you hang it. I hung it first then took it down later to stain it because I was so eager to see what it looked like on the wall.
I screwed L brackets into the studs (if you don’t have a stud where you want your L bracket, use a drywall anchor), then placed the shelf on the brackets and screwed them into the L bracket. You can see the brackets in the picture below.
Now that the shelf is hung, enjoy the pictures before I continue with the madness as mentioned before…you didn’t think I would forget to come back to that, did you?
Now, here’s where the crazy happened. I made only one of these and hung it up.
But, then I thought it looked unbalanced and needed one on the other side.
Then I didn’t know if it looked too busy or too crowded. So I rearranged and rearranged and added my massive collection of mason jars.
And here we are. I can’t decide if I like it.
I asked several friends and my sister their opinion. My sister thinks it’s cramped looking and some friends think it is okay. Well, I let my crazy get the best of me last night and I took them down. But now I think I want them back up. I mean, for real, I got the heart racings and the sweats last night trying to figure out what to do with this room! I took everything off the wall and just walked away. But, not before I moved everything around a billion times trying to see what it looked like here instead of there. SOMEONE STOP THE MADNESS!!! Danny thinks I’m being silly. He could be right….but he’s never been right before, so I doubt it 🙂
Note: Good news you guys! I finally made a decision about the shelves. You can see my final decision in my office reveal here.
PS Happy DIYing…it can become frustrating (as seen above), but it’s always worth it 🙂 So, go build some shelves! Even if you don’t know where to hang them 🙂
Don’t forget to pin for later!