Shelves for Savannah!

Hola Amigos!!

Progress is being made in Savannah’s room and it’s finally, FINALLY starting to look kinda done.  Yes, it’s true!  We are still tweaking a bit (since she’s 9 and doesn’t die over all my flea market finds) but I know that we’ll get there ’cause girl’s got style, taste and more than a few opinions!

In her room, after putting in the bed against one wall and adding in a necessary bedside table, we were left with a narrowish space that could have become unless, or GASP! boring.  Of course, I couldn’t have that!!

In case you need a refresher check out a few of my other (12, 3, 4) Savannah posts.

Here’s the space I’m talking about…See that little corner by the window??


Maybe you have an awkward space too?  SHELVES!!  And for less than $20 bucks – Um, hell ya!

A few cuts and viola, styled with things I found around my uncles house.  (That seems like it should have been easy, but it kinda wasn’t.)


It’s so moody, isn’t it?!  That lavender is pretty dreamy in real life too.

Shall we make some super easy shelves??

I purchased a 6″ pine board, 10 ft long.  I then cut 5 pieces 20″ long.  Sand these and set em aside for now.

Then grab a 2×4 piece of lumber you have lying around… hopefully you do have some since you really don’t need all that much – maybe 2ft.  Seriously, you don’t even have to measure!  Make a straight cut across, and then 90 degree cuts from the corners.  Like so,

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You will just keep cutting like this until you have 10 total brackets.  Now grab your drill and drill bits – Time to make those holes.  **Make sure that you are prepared to drill into the “meatiest” part of the bracket at the top.  Not the middle, not the bottom.  Even though these shelves are narrow, you’re still going to want support.


First go in straight, to give yourself a base, and then drill in straight down.  Super straight, nice and steady.


You can even have your screw inset into the bracket.  It’s more finished that way.


Sand the brackets and stain all your pieces.  I bought this stain that looks like a deep purple, Olympic Stain and Sealant in Blue Sapphire.  You have to get it mixed like paint, but the color is pretty cool.

While you’re at the store grabbing stain, grab some long screws and anchors.  I had to get 3″ screws and those blue anchors (two different packages).  You’ll also need 3/4″ screws to attach the shelf to the bracket unless you are a hoarder of screws like someone I know.  Hint, it’s me.

Stain them – that was Captain Obvious.

Attaching the shelves to the wall is not hard at all, just put a level on top of the shelf and use your drill to mark where the holes in the brackets are onto the wall.  Then move the shelf away, put in your anchors and screw to your little hearts content.

This project is all kinds of fun.

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I found this lovely lady at Lamps Plus for $30.  Yes, she’s mass produced, but I’m still so pleased with that find.

And that’s it!  Raid your uncle’s house for treasures or hey, maybe just check out your own stuff, just a thought.  I’m curious to see how Savannah makes it her own, but she’s got plenty of room to play with and collect treasures of her own.


Cute and EASY!  My favorite kind of project!!

I think next week I can finally show you the rest of the room!

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