August 29, 2011

The Giant Shelf

Remember how this week's Wake Up Wednesday challenge is to do something you've put off for a while?  I' ve been tring to knock out a few things and I'm even going to post a couple of things here that I've been meaning to post for a while.  There are a few topics that you guys have requested that I'm finally going to cover.  Today I'll cover the giant shelf info and tomorrow we'll talk about painting cabinets.

So, remember the giant shelf I was so excited to have my dad build?  I've received a lot of questions about it.  Shortly after mine was completed my mom wanted one and my dad built it.  (Sorry, no picture of that one.)


Then my little sister wanted one too.  You saw hers in her house series HERE.


I have another sister that recently moved here and she wanted one too.  So, she kindly snapped some pictures of the process so you could all get a better idea of how it's made and hung.  Hers is massive and even holds her flat screen (thought it's not pictured here).


While is looks like a giant hefty beam, it's really a hollow box.  See?  (My parents also left their mark in it :)


My dad also makes a little lip on the top front edge by setting the top board a little lower so that things on the shelf can't slip off it.


So how would you attach it to the wall?  You take a cleat of wood (in this case a 2x4 because the shelf is so big) and screw it directly into the studs.  (Again, because of the massive size of this beast my dad used huge lag screws.  My shelf doesn't have screws that big.)


Then the top ledge of the shelf rests on that cleat and it's screwed directly into it as well.  (You can see how the middle supports inside the shelf are recessed so that the shelf can sit on the cleat.)



On my shelf the corbels don't really hold the shelf.  They essentially just decorative.

And that's the shelf in a nutshell.  Hopefully this will clarify any questions you might have had.  A picture is worth a thousand words, you know.  That's why blogs are so cool :)

Okay, come on back tomorrow and we'll talk about painting cabinets.  Thanks for dropping in.

18 comments:

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Wowwwzaaa that is a giant shelf ~ I LOVE it!!!

The Miller Five said...

Those shelves are all amazing. I LOVE the last one. It reminds me of something you would see in the lodges in park City. Gorgeous. When I buy a house, I need you and your dad. Seriously. :)

Tamarynn Leigh said...

You know how much I LOVE this shelf! I got mine hung up about 4 months ago, and this is how we did it, so I'm glad to see that's how you did it, too! Thanks Cheri, you are awesome!!!

XOXO,
Tam

Brianna said...

Awesome!! I would never have figured out how the shelf was hung!! Thanks, as always, for another great idea!!!! Hope you have a great week!!

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

Cheri I love that you posted this! I love that shelf and I was tempted to do one in my boys room.

p.s. I think your dad and my dad might share a brain. Sorta. :)

Jessie said...

OMGosh, I love this! I wish I had more wall space! Maybe I just need to redecorate...........

TyLeen said...

Awesome, it is beautiful. Now where can I find a dad like yours? :) I mean, my dad is amazing but he doesn't live near me. I need a dad that lives close!

Janet said...

Thankyou for sharing the how-to on your amazing shelves! I'm so excited to give this a try!

stackfamily said...

ahh cheri! So my husband and I have made two trips to home depot. First we got pressure treated wood that we were trying to distress, then we got cedar wood (actually today-before I looked at your blog!) we got a 4x4 and he keep saying its gonna be so heavy to hang, and I keep saying we have to make it work! Now I see how yours was done! whoops:)

Katelyn said...

I wish I had someone like your dad around, he is awesome!

Amber said...

This is awesome! THanks for the how to and the idea. Love them!

russandkatie said...

I'm kind of DIY retarded at times so I appreciate all your tutorials!!! How did your dad make the shelf look so old though? What did he use to rough it up a bit?

iammommahearmeroar said...

Katie- We actually didn't so anything to distress the wood. The wood just had some natural knots and marks in it. We only stained it and gave it a coat of poly urethane.

Cheri

Laura said...

Wow, that looks soooooo good! Where did you get the corbels at? I might need to do that in my room... Your wall displays all look so great!

Meags said...

Um, I was just about to pass out from hyperventilating because I couldn't find this post and then I FOUND it! I have already commissioned my husband to build me one of these for our new house... little does he know I want him to build like 30. Okay, so not 30... but you get the gist. I love this idea!

Beth said...

Where did you purchase the wall brackets? I love this set up.

iammommahearmeroar said...

The corbels from the first picture (where they are white) were purchased from Hobby Lobby and then painted and distressed. The grayish ones I found at a thrift shop.

Cheri

The Honey Badger said...

Love the shelf. Do you by any chance have a materials list for the large one? Thanks, Olympia

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