August 18, 2010

The Shelf I've Been Waiting for...

I'm going to give you a little background information on this project.  Over a year and a half ago I wanted to put in a large shelf on our main wall.  Our house has lots of windows, so there isn't a lot of wall space to hang things up.  However, there is this one big wall and I dreamed about a Pottery-barn-like shelf with knick-knacks sitting on it.  I mentioned the idea to my parents, who were about to leave on their mission.  My mom made me promise to wait till they got back so my dad could do it.  ( I think she envisioned me destroying my walls by trying to do it by myself.)  Now they are back and I waited like I promised.  And......drumroll......here's the shelf I dreamed about.


The corbels (those pretty things holding it up) were the most expensive part.  The actual shelf my dad did in a very budget-friendly way and it cost under $15!  He has serious skills.  The wooden shelf was meant to match the beams we have on our ceiling.  Not a bad match, huh?


Now let's talk about the corbels.  While I can't show you how to build the shelf, I can show you how to make the corbels look antique.  I bought them at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.  They were black to start.  They got a coat of white spray paint.  That's my wonderful dad.


Then I used this tool (which is actually a scraper from Pampered Chef and worked perfectly) to rough up the white.  Rex helped out with that one, too.


Lastly I mixed some khaki paint with water and brushed it on, wiping most of it off.


And now I have a place for all my knick-knacks and I couldn't be happier about it.  Thanks, Dad!  I'm sure I'll be arranging and rearranging for a while until I think it's perfect, but that's all part of the fun.


Now is family room is complete.  Recognize anything from previous tutorials and posts?  There's the quote side table gift, the appliqued pillow, the you and me pillows, the Be sign, and the dry-brushed frame.  And I'll answer before you can ask.....the rug is from Target and so are the leather chairs.  The ottoman is from John Paras here in Utah.


Thanks for looking.  Tomorrow I'll be showing you Rex on his first day of school.  I made him a cool shirt to sport on the big day.  See you tomorrow!

ADDENDUM: I have since published a post with a basic how-to for the shelf HERE.

33 comments:

  1. Um....Beautiful?? holy Cow! Everything about your room inspires me!! I especially love the amount of seating (we are seriously lacking in that area) and Your BE Sign. I will be making one of those. soon. Love that! Seriously. Nicely Done.

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  2. Oh, I love that rug! I so wish we had Target in Canada. And I love the shelf too! I like the rustic wood combined with the traditional corbels. Your room looks lovely and classy.

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  3. I LOVE it, it looks like it was worth the wait.

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  4. It looks great! I love your whole room!

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  5. Looks great. I'm waiting for the tutorial on the leather purse from SYTYC though. Are you going to post it?

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  6. I love this shelf..I may try this

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  7. I love this shelf..I may try this

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  8. The shelf is chunky perfection! I love it.
    Sarah

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  9. I LOVE it! That was the rug I was in love with when we moved into our new house last yr. I just couldn't sell my hubby on it though, he thought it was too "girly" and that we could get something cheaper. If we ever get our living room painted the color I want, I may have to revisit the conversation. =)

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  10. I love those corbels! They are gorgeous! Also did you put in the beams on the ceiling? Beautiful.

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  11. Love the shelf and the corbels. It's nice to have a crafty dad to help out, but no way could I have waited.

    http://froufrugal.blogspot.com

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  12. I love seeing whole rooms. And that rug is fantastic, as is the shelf. I wish my dad lived closer, he's a very handy/creative guy, too.

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  13. Your shelf turned out perfectly and you decorated it so well. I enjoyed seeing the entire room. It is very pretty.

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  14. I totally started drooling over those corbels. Then I saw how big they were and I drooled even more. The shelf looks fabulous!

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  15. I use my pampered chef scrapper for everything too! I mean everything! even removing old chaulk. I need to order some more.

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  16. What a great shelf! I love the corbels and the rustic wood!

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  17. Great shelf! Is there anything you can't do? You are amazing!

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  18. I love this shelf, it looks great!

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  19. green with envy!!

    so, so pretty. it matches brilliantly and is so perfectly decorated!

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  20. Love how it turned out! It looks great!

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  21. Love it! I can't wait till I live in a real house that I can hang shelves in.

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  22. I love the shelf and how you have decorated the whole room. Where did you get the couch and love seat? Or what brand is it. I love the darkish color

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  23. Wow your family room looks fantastic. I love the shelf!

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  24. Wow, that is an awesome shelf. Nice and loooong. I love the blue pillow on the couch underneath it, too!

    I'd love it you stopped by my blog and joined my Friday link party!
    http://alittleknickknack.blogspot.com/2010/08/blog-post.html
    Have a great Friday!

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  25. Hey there! So I did it. I made the sign and thought I would share it with you (since I linked back to you). Thank you so much for inspiration and genius!

    --katie:)

    http://hipposanddinosaurs.blogspot.com/2010/08/adding-color.html

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  26. Where did you get that bike?! I love it! And the whole shelf. Great job!

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  28. Just wondering what kind of wood, the size, and stain you used for your shelf? I LOVE it, and it would be perfect in my living area as well!

    randa.chapman@gmail.com

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  30. I forgot to add my email address. Where did you get your couch and love seat? Or what brand is it? - I love it!

    hmfab@hotmail.com

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  31. FYI! This is my next craft project!!! I instantly fell in love with your shelf and knew it was what I needed for a large wall I have!! I can't wait until its finished...I'll send pics!

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  32. Gorgeous! This is the perfect solution to my latest decorating quandry, so thanks! I saw the pic of Kari's on FB. Super cute!

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  33. I love your shelf so much! I made some similar that was totally inspired by yours. The actual shelf I built is different because I couldn't figure this one out, but I also used the corbels. Thanks for much for the inspiration - my shelf makes me so happy :)

    Here it is if you would like to see it! http://breezypinkdaisies.blogspot.com/2012/10/my-beautiful-diy-shelf.html

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