Shelves from Scratch

I've had this blank wall in my dining room that pains me.

I had a hopes of turning it into a focal wall with some built in furniture.
There were some structural things that were going to make it a really huge deal,
so I eased up on that dream.

Then I found a solution to my problem on one of my favorite blogs, Knock-Off Wood.
Ana is a building expert and has actually inspired me to learn how to use the power tools.
In the past, I was inspired to make my honey-do list longer. I have quite the handy husband.
But now I'm done with waiting. Ana gives all the info I need to feel confident enough to go to home depot myself.

When I found her plans for these floating shelves, I knew they would be perfect in the dining room.

Sure, you can buy them, but the longest I found were 6 feet long and I wanted them longer, to fill up the wall better.
They ended up being just shy of 8 feet long.
We made them together and I learned how to use the mitre saw and the nail gun in the process.
I appreciated my husband's patience with me. It was fun to do together.
I'm happy with the decorating possibilities this brings.


We also went a step further and used caulk to fill the small gap against the wall.
They look a little more "custom" that way.
close up

I love them because they are 8 inches deep and give me enough room to put some bulkier items on them.

I'm trying to learn how to decorate. I started, and fell into my drab decorating personality.
I love color, but I never know how to use it. I always fall back into the black, white and beige thing.
Someone save me from my boring self!

I decided I wanted this to be a place where I can decorate with some seasonal things.
Adding a little red, white and blue really perked up the place.
4th decor

I still have to paint the fabulous unfinished chairs you see in the corner.
I'm contemplating color, but I need someone to hold my hand and tell me it will be okay.
I'll let you know how that goes.

This is a step in the right direction to making my house a home.
I'm just so glad I found Knock-Off Wood. Thanks Ana!
My list of future building projects is a mile long!
Now I will be visiting my favorite decorating sites for some color tutorials
(tell me if you have a favorite I should know about).

p.s. Don't forget to enter the giveaway below!

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  1. Ashleigh I am inspired! Love it!

  2. I think you have done a GREAT job decorating the shelves!! The shelves looks awesome and very custom. Way to go! Visiting from BNOTP. :)

  3. That looks awesome! Yeah to filling up an empty wall space - I love the items you added to the shelves as well. so cute!

  4. This is fantastic! I have been thinking of clean, simple shelves for a new room and this is just what I needed.

    P.S. For what it's worth, I love the decorating you did on the shelves, too!

  5. It looks so good! We're contemplating paint colors for the interior of our house right now and I have to say I'm a total black, white, and beige girl too! Color is scary!!! But I think your red, white and blue look awesome!

  6. Your shelves look fantastic & I love how you've arranged your accessories on them! I love Knock off Wood, too! Ana is amazing and has such a great story.
    Thanks for the wonderful comment on my daughter's bedroom makeover!

  7. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!......I have a shelf in my kitchen I want to remove, and something like this would be GREAT!!!

    Thanks for linking up! have a FABULOUS weekend!

  8. Ashleigh, LOVE your shelves! I MUST brag! Thanks so much for the kind words, but you did the beautiful shelves and the decorations! Ana


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