After revealing the new color of my plate shelf, I wanted to show the two easy steps needed to transform the style.
Well over two years ago, I found this bookshelf in a junk shop (a $15 woo-hoo!).
I could have used it on top of this drawer stack in my project studio for storage. That’s the purpose of the original design, but I had something else in mind.
A beautiful red plate rack I’d seen in an antique shop years ago still sticks in my mind. I couldn’t justify spending the $250 (oh, I tried to!), so I’ve spent 15 years pining over that shelf.
My vision was to transform this piece into my dream of a plate shelf.
I painted the shelf to match my kitchen chairs, didn’t love it but hung it, blogged about it, and lived with it for more than a year.
Once it was hung on the wall, I
procrastinated in all decisions regarding the shelf.
A word to the wise: if you want to continue with a project, don’t get anxious and hang it on the wall!
Last year, Handy Builder Dad gave me two leftover brackets he’d made for a project and didn’t use. I knew they could be cut down to fit this shelf, so I promptly brought them home and procrastinated some more.
Do you see a trend here? Hey, we creatives must be in the mood.
On a whim recently, I randomly cut a leftover 1″ x 4″ piece of wood to fit inside the bookshelf. Why?
I have no idea…told you it was random. That little activity caused a chain reaction of inspiration to get the project done.
Boom! Procrastination over.
I could see cups and saucers, S&P sets, and all sorts of things on the narrow shelf.
Here are the shelf, cut board, and brackets necessary to transform a shelf of your own. It’s much more simple than all of that procrastination implies!
Here are the 2 steps needed to transform the shelf. It’s really simple, as you’ve seen.
- Add a shelf along the lower board rail.
- Add decorative support brackets under each side wall of the bookshelf.
That’s all there is to it – unless you want to get fancier and add some hooks, like I did.
You may not have a Handy Builder Dad, but any shelf bracket could work. You can buy decorative wood or metal shelf support brackets at Home Depot and Lowe’s.
We aligned the inner shelf wall with the inside of the bracket.
I took no pictures while HH was nailing the shelf and brackets because I was holding things in place at the time.
Besides, HH was in a real “get-‘er-done” kind of mood (and moving fast). Who would want to spoil the mood by asking to pause for pictures?
Do you have a shelf to transform? Now that you see how easy it is, will you end your procrastination?
I’m sharing this post at Metamorphosis Monday. 🙂