Installing Open Shelving

Office Travel Gallery Wall JENRON DESIGNS

Installing Open Shelving 

One Room Challenge: Home Office Week 3- DIY ALERT! This week we are Installing Open Shelving to the focal wall of the office.

This is going to be a fun week as we are Installing Open Shelving to main focal wall of my office. This shelves are completely open concept so I can style them like floating bookcases. This will allow them to part of the design as well as being functional.

Just to recap this challenge happens twice a year, April/ October, the designers only have six weeks, from start to finish in order to complete a full room transformation.  Each week the guest designer’s will link their progress to the host page, Calling It Home, and share their room’s progress. The best part is you will be able to follow along step by step with all the participants progress including JENRON DESIGNS and just by clicking the ORC Spring 2018 post. 


WEEK 1     WEEK 2     WEEK 3    WEEK 4   WEEK 5   REVEAL


Office View Gallery Wall JENRON DESIGNS

After eons of searching and hunting I finally got the perfect printer station for my office. Check this beauty I found on sale at the Pottery Barn Outlet. It is the Williams Media Console. It is the perfect height for a printer station and I just love the rustic look.  I have to say I am so lucky to have an outlet near my home, it really saves me a ton of money.Office William Media cart JENRON DESIGNSAs you can see, clearly my cat Dexter approves of it.  As I may have mentioned before I am no longer trying to get the perfect pictures without my overly friendly felines.  They are a part of my life and I have decide that chasing them out of all my pictures clearly offends them and they just want to be a part of the process. So, with a deep sign from me…… they are part of the process.Office Gallery Wall JENRON DESIGNSLast week I may have mention that we already had all the materials on hand from a previous project where we installed Farmhouse Pantry Shelves seen below. So, here is the scoop of how it all went down. I knew that I wanted open rustic shelves for my office, since I like to keep a centralized theme though my home. You may notice that I have a tendency to go with very similar materials. I do so because I like them, but more importantly by doing so I keep a certain level of continuity in my home delivering a cohesive feeling as you walk through out my home. I am all about making each room shine with it’s own design and theme, but you have to keep the bones of your house similar if you ever plan to resell it. That being said, imagine my surprise when my husband told me had enough supplies left to add six 3-0′ long shelves in my office. Talk about opening up extra project money! Yay! Plus, I loved the stain color we had chose for the pantry and it would look perfect in my office too!

Office Gallery TravelWall JENRON DESIGNSAs I mention back in the first week of the ORC, I love, absolutely love, my B&W travel wall art. It has been here since the beginning and I have no intentions of removing it or replacing it anytime soon. However, since this wall is the primary wall you see upon entry; I need it to have a little more heft to it. We will be achieving this by adding the open shelving. The only trick is, it has to be even all the way across, because if it is the slightest bit off it will be very noticeable. The best way to achieve a completely level look is with a laser level.Office Adding Shelves JENRON DESIGNSThe laser level lets you set a beam across the wall so you know exactly where to place the brackets.   Yes you can just measure from the floor up or ceiling down, but rarely is any wall square, so be warned they will probably be crooked after you are done.Office Leveling Brackets JENRON DESIGNSFor spacing purposes we started with the center brackets because I wanted them to be in line with the center of the B&W Art. Then we measured to see what the best spacing would be for for the top and bottom shelves.  Once all the brackets were installed we added the shelves. Just a quick tip, if you add your shelves from the top down you won’t have to work between the shelves with a drill. This makes the process much quicker and easier.Office Hand Cut Cedar Shelves JENRON DESIGNSSending out a big thank you too, Mountain Metals for the beautiful brackets and Thomas Lumber Yard for those extra long cedar planks. They look great guys!Office Styling Floating Shelves JENRON DESIGNS

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What’s in Ron’s Tool Box?

The Check List:

Week 1- Introduction & Inspiration Board

Week 2- Place all orders for Custom furniture and online pieces

Week 3- DIY open wall shelves, stain & install

Week 4- DIY build custom cornice board, paint to match trim & install

Week 5- Assemble and place all furniture, art  and accessories. Stage the room.

Week 6- The Big Reveal


  1. Wow Jen, the shelves really change that wall! Love the photos, too. I’d love a gallery set like that. 🙂 So excited for you and all the progress you are making in your space. Looks great! ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

  2. Jen, this office is looking so fab already! Loving all console you scored at the Pottery Barn Outlet. Good luck with this week’s progress!

  3. I love the new shelving and your gallery wall!! You’re going to have one amazing home office!!

  4. Your shelving looks great! I’m hoping hubby installs mine this weekend. 😉

  5. Diva? Oh Yeah

    It is perfect, and would meet all my storage needs. First off, this room is so spacious, which really allows you add some nice pieces like the printer cart. Love that piece.

  6. I love the photo collage and the color scheme! And I love the new printer table! This is going to be such a lovely space!

  7. Suja aka Sindhuja Kumar

    Love the pictures and the way you arranged it. I am so excited to see your new home office once done.

  8. Nailil

    I love the pieces that you added to your home. The shelves in the pantry are absolutely gorgeous.

  9. Love the stain color, great choice for the office shelves – looks like the room is really coming along! Also love Dexter’s cameo!

  10. Thanks Bee I find that my felines are always photo bombing my pictures so they tend to make a lot of cameos 😂 LOL

  11. Thanks Amy, I decide I really wanted to keep the photo wall since they are all from our vacations. Sentimental won out this time over esthetics, as I embrace my Hygge design style.

  12. Jubilee D Meyer

    This is such a fun idea! I hadn’t heard of this challenge. Beautiful pictures, I adore those farmhouse shelves!

  13. I love following transformations and yours is gorgeous. The wall colour looks amazing with the accessories you are adding and your photos look STUNNING, especially framed by the shelving. Makes me want to get to work on mine….

  14. Absolutely love the rustic-clean look of that console! It goes so well with the clean lines of the black frames above!

  15. Very adorable. Looks like a fun challenge. Conquering one room at time seems like a great strategy . My cat would approve too!

  16. Wow!! The pictures are amazing. Just like your cat I also approve the station – I like that “oldish” kind of feeling to it. I am sure at the end of the challenge it will turn out brilliantly.

  17. That wall is going to be amazing with those shelves, lucky you that there was enough wood left over, budget score!! A Pottery Barn Outlet?!! You lucky girl!!! I can’t wait to see next week!!

  18. Susanne I love our local Pottery Barn Outlet, we also just got a Z Gallery Outlet, and a huge Restoration Hardware Outlet. My poor husband, he just can’t catch a break, lol 🙂

  19. gigi58

    I love the way this room is coming along. The gallery wall is so nice.

  20. Vonetta

    Hello. impressive job. I did not anticipate this. This is a remarkable story. Thanks!

  21. Terry Haide

    I always enjoy seeing you project for the ORC, and how the timeline works. These shelves are so cool and I love those brackets, handmade is really the best! I will check them out from Mountain Metals.

  22. Farmhouse Fixer Upper

    I wanted to revisit these shelves from your pantry and see how they looked as floating shelves in a room. I really do love them especially for a office of family room. These are just beautiful.

  23. Ingrid

    Loving all of this post so much to take in and learn great job.

  24. Suja aka Sindhuja Kumar

    Lovely website! I am loving it!! Will come back again. I am bookmarking your feeds also.

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