Right after I finished my desk, I was ready to begin my next project. My husband & I just got married (June 4!) and we are in the process of picking out a lot of pictures to have in our house & in our album. We needed a place to display lots of photos, as well as some other things I found or thought were cute :) So, I decided to build some photo shelves, once again from plans on Ana White's site.
Once again, I went to my parent's place so that I could use their saw. The plans on Ana's site are for 8 foot long shelves, but I needed 4 foot long ones, which made it really easy, because I could just cut all of my boards in half. I made four shelves. This project was VERY inexpensive & VERY quick to do. The most time consuming part was sanding & painting! I painted them in the same white color that I painted my desk, with the leftover paint. I love them!
I put three up in our dining space & one in our bedroom. Putting them up was kind of interesting as I did it by myself. I used a stud finder to find the middle stud in the dinning room, then to find the two on either side of the middle as well. I drilled my holes then put the middle screw in first. The shelf was then attached the the wall by one screw in the very middle. From there, it could hand by itself while I got out my level to sit on the shelf, and I could move either end up or down until the shelf was straight. Once it was, I then drilled through the wall on either end, making for one sturdy shelf! I did this on all three of the shelves in the dinning room.
You can see the screws in the above picture. The one shelf I put in the bedroom was a little harder. There was no middle stud on the wall I wanted to put the shelf on. Because of this, I had to put in one screw off center, then level it while still kind of holding it up, then drilling & screwing it in while still holding it with my other hand as well. It worked, but it was much easier when the first screw was in the middle! I suggest using a wall where you can find a stud that will be centered with the center of your shelves if you are trying to put them up by yourself.
The shelf in the bedroom will hold 3 matching frames that we got off of our registry with wedding pics, and the ones in the dinning room will hold probably some pictures & other things. As you can see above, I haven't put much on them yet. On the top shelf is a frame we got as a wedding gift, with the picture in it that came with the frame. The second shelf has our engagement photobook/guestbook on the left & our honeymoon photobook on the right. The bottom just holds a little ampersand that I painted. (I HEART ampersands & probably use them way too much. Such is life.)
Anyway, I think I proved that it is possible to do things by yourself that would normally require two people. You just have to be a little more creative in your thinking & your plan of action. I love these shelves & am going to have a great time hunting for treasures to fill them with!
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