These picture ledge floating shelves can be built in just a few hours for around $20.
How do you make floating shelves?
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- Two 2″x3″x96″ Pine Boards
- Four 1/2″x3″x3′ Poplar Boards
- 3 Inch Screws
- Drill With Countersink Bit
- Wood Conditioner
- Wood Stain (I used Weathered Oak and Briarsmoke)
- Polycrylic or Polyurethane (optional)
Step 1: Measure the width of your hallway and cut the 2×3’s down to fit. Most hallways are about 3 feet wide, so you should be able to get two shelves out of one 8 foot 2×3 board. Cut the 1/2×3″ poplar boards to the width of the hallway as well. Measure where each shelf will go to be sure the boards fit snuggly even if your walls aren’t perfectly straight.
Step 2: Sand the wood, focusing on the 1/2×3″ piece, since it’s what you’ll see most of.
Step 3: Use wood conditioner to ensure the stain goes on evenly. Just follow the directions on the can. Stain the 3″ sides of the 2×3 boards and the entire 1/2×3 boards using the stain color of your choice. I used Weathered Oak first, then did a very light coat of Briarsmoke on top of that. I chose not seal my wood with polyurethane since it’s just decorative and doesn’t need the extra protection, but you definitely could if you wanted to.
Step 4: Find the stud location in the wall using a studfinder and mark the location on the 2×3’s.