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.
WEEKS AT A GLANCE:
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.
As 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.
Last 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!
As 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.
The 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.For 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.
Sending 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!
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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