DIY Triangle Shelf

Hey there friends! If you remember a while back I shared an Urban Outfitters inspiration board. (You can see it here) Two of my favorite pieces were the flag and triangle shelf. Mostly because I figured I could make them both. I did make a fun flag, you can see that Here & Here

With my husbands help (I’m learning how to use the saws, or better, not have an unhealthy/unrealistic fear of using them) I made my own triangle shelf! It’s fairly easy and such a fun piece to have in the house!

DIY Triangle Shelf

We haven’t mounted it to the wall yet, it’s a little heavy and we’d need to find the right place and stud. So for now it is gracing my mantle! But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

Go to Lowes and pick out your choice of wood. There are different types at different prices, so you get a choice. I wanted our shelf to have 2 foot sides with a small shelf in the center, so we needed about 7 feet of wood.

DIY Triangle Shelf

Next you’ll set your miter saw to a 30 degree angle and cut on your mark. When you go to cut the other side of the wood, do not flip it over, rather, turn it clockwise and cut. Like a mountain peak /  \ . The same with your center shelf. The edges DO come together. We had a freakout moment where we thought we cut it wrong, but the angles line up like so.. shelf layoutMight be common sense, but just in case you tend to freak out (or just have a high project screw up record like I do) there’s the idea of it!

So, then I sanded lightly with high grit sand paper and stained half of it with Rust-Oleum Wood Stain in Willow for a nice light look. Now here is where i would tell you to NOT do what I did. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use the Rust-Oleum Hammered Copper I had or wait for the Rust-Oleum Metallic Copper that was coming in the mail. When it comes to projects, I’m impatient, so I just used what i had! But– I had already nailed the triangle together, so I made painting way more difficult then it needed to be.

spray painting

Oh well. Another thing that came up was that the paint wouldn’t stick to some parts of the wood and I couldn’t figure out why! My husband said it has something to do with raw edges and that I needed to put spackle on those parts then paint over it. I did and it worked :)

DIY Triangle Shelf

For contrast. The horn on the mantle is sprayed with the Rust-Oleum Metallic Copper.  Like I said in the last post, like old penny and new penny.

DIY Triangle Shelf

I love this shelf because you could adjust the height and width to anything! Smaller would obviously be easier to hang around the house. Spray paint or stain in any and all colors too. How fun! I’m sure some more will be popping up in my house as I start decorating the other rooms… Have a great day everyone!

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