Heavy Duty Floating Shelves

Hooray for some sun and late arrival to work! I can now share with you one of my personally most anticipated projects yet, our kitchen shelves! Let me first take you back to the olden days (like 10 months ago) in our kitchen…

How to Make Heavy Duty Shelves

How to Make Heavy Duty Floating Shelves

This lasted all of one week before we tore down the walls and tore out the cabinets. See that post Here.  Once we had taken off the cabinets and fixed up the tile, we jut left the big space of wall open until we mustered up the umph to get our shelves up. I really wanted to stack all of my dishes, some serving bowls, and glasses up there so we knew it would have to be strong, no Ikea handiwork here. Mr. G and I started looking around online for ideas and were surprised how scarce  “heavy duty floating shelves” came up.  All the more exciting to come up with a way of our own!

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Here is the basic plan for our shelves.

How to Build Heavy Duty Shelves

We measured out our wall space and cut our 2×4’s to  61″  and middle joints to 10″ to create the frame. The middle joints are connected to the back by 2 medium screws each and to the bracket by 3 small screws.

How to Build Heavy Duty Shelves

The back 2×4 is connected to the studs in the wall with heavy duty screws (~6″long).

How to Build Heavy Duty Shelves

These screws are beastly. We think they just about went all the way through the studs in the wall. Which is why we boast heavy ‘dutiness’.

How to Build Heavy Duty Shelves

Next we made the shelf that would slide onto our mounted frame.

Widths:The top & bottom are both 1/4″pine, the sides are 1/2″ pine, and the front is 3/4″pine. All joined together using a nail gun. The shelf slid easily, but snugly, onto the frame. We secured it to the frame using a nail gun.

How to Build Heavy Duty Shelves

How to Build Heavy Duty Shelves

The bottom piece of pine was a bit of a trick to make work like we wanted. We decided to have it fit perfectly inside of the shelf, attaching only to the frame. The problem we ran into was that it was slightly too thick, even at only 1/4″, to not show. So my husband was daring and extremely careful and actually shaved off divets into the wood with his table saw to fit over the frame joints. It was very impressive and actually worked for us.

How to Build Heavy Duty Shelves

Once everything was nailed secure, came the trickiest part… THE STAIN DECISION.. I’m not kidding. It was like floors all over again. “I like light.” –“Well I like dark.”  Remodeling a house truly helps you learn to compromise in marriage. Truly.

How to Build Heavy Duty Shelves

We bought an oak stain and grabbed a dark walnut tray from the other room to stare at for a while… … … We looked at my favorite pins and Houzz.com kitchens and decided that a darker color would be good. We went with Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut, doing one thin coat, wiping off quickly as we painted.

How to Build Heavy Duty Shelves

We both LOVE the color. The grain stands out beautifully and the stain blends nicely with our floors. All in all we spent about $150 to build these shelves.

How to Build Heavy Duty Shelves How to Build Heavy Duty Shelves

The shelves didn’t squeak or complain when I exuberantly placed all my dishes, Corningware, serving bowls, mugs, and full mason jars on it! We were meant to be…

How to Build Heavy Duty Shelves

In case your curious.. Our sink light is still a remnant of that lovely drop down halogen light ceiling of the past and will be replaced; crown moulding will join forces with wall and ceiling; the counters are on the replace with something-I-don’t-know-what-yet list; and the island is in a typical Grimstad plywood middle ground fashion- to be the next big project.

How to Build Heavy Duty Shelves

Cheers!

 

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