One of the things I loved the most about our new space is all of the wonderful wall space. There is this gorgeous wall in our living room that had absolutely nothing on it. No windows, no room controls, just a blank, beautiful wall.
The first couple of days I would just stare at the wall and try to find the perfect arrangement of art, but nothing stuck. This is when I came up with this nifty little DIY. I wanted an arrangement that I could play around with that was inexpensive and rustic - hence the 2x4 mantel.
This DIY is super easy, very customizable, and it's only like $18. Here's your 6 step tutorial for an awesome shelf...
- One 2x4 of spruce, pine, or whatever wood is your favorite (I used redwood for the pink tone) in your desired length (I used 10 ft)
- 5 "L" corner braces (like these - 1 brace for every 2 ft)
- 20 screws (4 for each brace)
Estimated cost of project: $18
- STEP 1: Decide where you would like the shelf to go. Art should be hung at about eye level, so I want to hang my shelf a little below my eye level so that whatever went on top would be at a pleasing height.
- STEP 2: Once you've made the decision, take a pencil and make a little mark at the bottom of the plank on either side.
- STEP 3: Started from one end of the mark on the wall, measure two feet - make a mark. Measure two feet from that mark and make a mark. Mark every two feet until you've measured the whole plank.
- STEP 4: Take the "L" corner braces, align them to your 2 ft marks and screw the shorter end flush to the wall. The longer end should be sticking out, this is where the plank will go.
- STEP 5: Once all of the "L" braces are screwed in, put your 2x4 on them. If everything looks good, go under the plank and screw the braces into the bottom side of the 2x4.
- STEP 6: et VOILA! Your fabulous new shelf is ready to be decorated!