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How To Make a Floating Table For $64 or Less

If you have a small, awkwardly shaped foyer but still want the functionality of a console table, consider creating a floating table from inexpensive stackable closet shelving. 

floating table

Like many of you, we have a relatively small, and awkwardly shaped,  front door area. When redecorating our foyer during the One Room Challenge, we had the following needs/wants:

  • A place to drop our keys and mail when we came in
  • Seating to rest on while putting on our shoes
  • An eclectic modern solution, leaning toward mid-century modern, preferably for free!

With just enough space for a console table (key catcher), there was little room for seating once the table was in place (shoe seat). And, of course, nothing is free!

If you are in the same boat, there is a pretty simple solution! Taking the table off the floor – A DIY floating table – allows for ottomans to slide underneath.

Seating+Keycatcher=Happy Foyer!

 

Three-shelf organizer

We had a three-drawer closet organizer hanging around. Unfortunately, they don’t make the unit any longer, but they make a three-shelf stackable unit that will work just as well or you may be able to pick one up at a thrift store. Mine was about 32″x12″ in dimension. These units are perfect for providing a budget-friendly, clean-lined, modern floating table. All you need is the shelving unit, a 2″x4″ and a 1″x 12″ piece of wood!

For the full list of materials and instructions, click HERE to download the free plans – available to subscribers of my newsletter!

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HOW TO MAKE A FLOATING TABLE FOR $64

Find and Mark Wall Studs

floating table - find studs

Determine where your table will go. Then, use a stud finder to find the location of the wall studs behind the wall’s surface. My table sits 34″ up from the floor to allow for ottomans to fit underneath. 

Assemble Shelving Unit

Attach long side panels to the top and bottom panels, using screws and wood glue, skipping the shelves and back panel. Measure the length and width of the inside of your unit from top to bottom and side to side. You will use these measurements in the next steps. 

Add Brace

floating table - brace

Turn the unit on its side. Attach a 2″x4″ brace to the inside lip of the shelving unit. This support will hold the table on the wall and attach to the studs.

Create Doors

floating table - measure inside

Use a 1″x12″ piece of wood to create doors. To determine the dimensions of the door, you’ll need to do some simple math – or use a carpenter’s calculator, which is what I do because math and I do not get along!

Determine the dimensions of each door by using the following calculations:

For the width of each door:

The width of the unit – 1/8″ = The door width

Door-stop length (using the leftover edge from the width of the door):

The width of the unit = the door-stop

For the length of each door:

(Length measurement of the unit – 3/4″) / 2 = The length of each door.

floating table - doors

Cut your doors and the door-stop using the calculated dimensions. Sand, and stain or paint your doors, add a finishing wax or Polycrylic coating for protection. Let dry.

Mount the Shelving Unit

floating table - mount on wall

 

With the help of a friend, turn the floating table on its side, and hold against the wall. Level. Once placed, use 3″ wood screws to secure the brace directly into the previously marked stud to secure.

floating table - doorstop

Add doorstop

On the bottom of the floating table, place the door-stop 1″ in from the front edge, securing with wood glue and screws.

Attach Doors

floating table - add hinges

Using a drill, attach one end of the hinge to the backside of the door front, and the other to the interior of the floating table. To confirm that these are correctly placed, close the door and make sure it stays closed tightly.

Add Door Hardware

floating table - roller

Add a double roller cabinet catch at the top inside corner of each door and mount door pulls to the top of each door.

floating table - handles

To cut costs, I used door jamb strike plates positioned as door pulls – 2 @ $5 – as opposed to rather than actual door pulls. They gave the same look at half the cost!

Style as Desired

Add a lamp, a plant and a key-catcher, then slide a few ottomans underneath for seating.

Once mounted on the wall, the floating table, with its clean lines and added doors, gives a nod to mid-century modern, and is just perfect as the base for a floating table, especially in a small space. The doors provide closed storage fabulous for hiding winter hats, gloves and handy dog walking accessories.

floating table - storage

 

Finally, we have a place to drop our keys and put our shoes on in the morning, with a fun design that easily transitions between traditional and contemporary decor!

floating table top

floating table - after

 

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DIY Shelves: How to build stunning {but cheap} wall-mounted bookshelves

Got Tools? Need built-in bookcases? Build these eclectic modern DIY shelves over a weekend for about $150 – Wall-mounted shelves project perfect for a beginning woodworker!  

 

DIY Shelves

 

I recently completed a Living Room makeover for the $100 Room Challenge where I shared all kinds of DIY projects for under $100. Storage is essential in this room – or rather, wall-mounted shelves are essential! Enter this DIY shelves project!

DIY Built-in Shelves

I found a unit at West Elm, and was instantly smitten. It was the perfect modular shelving unit and hit all of the marks: eclectic modern, with a touch of mid-century, light, airy, and not at all ugly! The one mark it didn’t hit was budget or size.

So, I dusted off my saw, hit up one of my favorite people in the whole world, April at Uncookiecutter.com, and got busy designing custom, cheap, easy-to-build DIY shelves, using plywood. April is so crazy talented that I knew if anyone could figure out how to build these plans, it would be her! We wanted to mimic the metal supports on the original. To do so, we painted 1″x4″s in a faux metal finish. If you’re interested in subscribing to my monthly newsletter, you can download a tutorial on how I painted the faux metal here!

shelving units

These wall shelves are simple enough that someone with a basic knowledge of tools and building can make them in a weekend and should cost you about $140 for materials.

You will need a few tools though and of course, the plans. You can get them HERE.

Note: I have 8′ ceilings with crown molding. The DIY shelves as suggested will fit directly under the crown. The plans base the center shelf width on the width of my door frame – be sure to measure your ceiling and doorframe, then adjust the plans accordingly.

wall-mounted bookcases

Ready? Let’s get started making custom DIY shelves for your room!

How to Build Custom Wall-Mounted Bookcases and DIY Shelves

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Materials:

Wood

Download the plans HERE for a full wood cutting list. Remember to measure and adjust according to your room!

Tip on choosing wood: To keep costs down I used regular plywood and as much “common” wood as possible. To make it easier on myself, I used pre-primed trim boards for the open towers of each shelf unit – these are usually much straighter and they are already sanded and primed, which cut down significantly on time! 

Other

Wood glue
1 1/4″ Pocket hole screws
3/4″  Wood screws
Sample size Behr “Black Suede”
Sample size Behr “Amazon Stone”
Rustoleum Metallic “Chrome”
Rustoleum Metallic “Antique Brass”
Broom head with stiff bristles, wire brush and/or coarse hair paint brush
Minwax Finishing Wax
Wood Conditioner
Minwax “Aged Oak” Gel Stain
Metal Shelf Brackets

Tools

Kreg Jig
Circular saw
90-degree clamp OR Kreg right angle clamp
Sandpaper
Brad Nailer
Drill 
1/4″ drill bit
Reciprocating Saw

Prepare your Materials

Cut your plywood or better yet, have your hardware store cut it for you. Be sure to ask them to check for accuracy. Having them make your cuts will save you so much time and effort!

wall mounted shelving

Use your reciprocating saw to notch out the bottom of the 10″ vertical side pieces to ensure the unit will go over the baseboard and lay flush with the wall.
Sand any rough edges from all pieces.
Wall Shelves - prepare wood sand

Prepare your Wall

 Measure the location for your open towers on the wall and remove a 4.5″ section of baseboard with your reciprocating saw where the open tower will stand, to ensure a proper fit. Remove a 1.25″ piece of 1/4 round from the area beside your doorframe on either side.

 Drill Shelf pin Holes

Measure from the bottom of each 10″x 92.5″ vertical piece and the 4-1×4 pieces, marking your pin holes using the measures outlined in the plans.
Wall Shelves - mark holes across all
To make fast work of adding the marks, I laid the boards out and I used a drywall t-square with a measuring tape to mark the hole location across all boards at the same time starting from the bottom.
Wall Shelves - mark holes - make marks
Check for pinhole level against each piece. I found it easiest to stand all six pieces upright and place a level across all panels at the center of each pinhole mark. Adjust marks where necessary before drilling.
Wall Shelves - level shelf holes - stand upright
Wall Shelves - level shelf holes - level
Use a Kreg jig pin holer to drill shelf-pin holes.
Wall Shelves - drill stop and drilling holes
If you don’t have a pin hole jig – I somehow lost mine during this project – you will need a drill stop to ensure you only make an indentation rather than a hole straight through. You can make one by stacking two- 2×4 scraps together and drilling a hole through the center using a 3/8″ drill bit. Center your drill stop over the pinhole marks and use a 1/4″(6.15mm) drill bit to drill the hole.

Add Pocket Holes

Drill three-quarter inch pocket holes on one end of each of the smaller shelf pieces.
 Wall Shelves - shelf pocket holes
Add pocket holes to the eight-1″x4″ shelf supports.

Wall Shelves - pocket holes shelf supports

Measure the distance from your ceiling to the top of the door trim you will be framing. Use this measurement for the top support to ensure that the shelves across the entire unit are level. My door frame sat at 9 15/16″ from the bottom of the crown molding – that is where I placed my top shelf support.

Stain and Paint the Pieces

Wall Shelves - staining shelves

Stain all shelves and the 10″ vertical side pieces in the stain of hope your choice. I’ve included the stain colors I used on my shelf in the supply list.
Wall Shelves - staining painting
Paint your 1×4 sides as well as shelf supports. To simulate a metal finish as I did, download this guide I created for my newsletter subscribers!

Assemble the Open Tower

Wall Shelves - assemble open tower

Use a framing square and clamps to assemble the long 1″x4″ piece and two of the 1″x4″ braces into a rectangle. Add two 1″x4″ center shelf supports, pocket holes facing up, using pocket hole screws and wood glue as outlined by the plans and the measurement you took above for the top support. I also added a third support and stationary shelf on the bottom to ensure I could secure the entire shelf properly to my baseboards. attach the open frame to the wall with a pin nailer to hold it in place. You will reinforce this at a later step.

Mark location of Shelves

Wall Shelves - run through
Prepare to add the shelves by leveling them first on each side. To do this, Lean the solid side in place against the frame. Run each shelf through the open tower support and level against the  10″ vertical piece. Mark the location underneath with a pencil where the two parts meet.

Attach Shelves

Wall Shelves - pocket hole attach

Lay the 10″ vertical side down on the ground and attach a small shelf with pocket holes facing down at each marked line from the previous step. Attach a shelf support (1″x2″) under the shelf with a brad nailer and glue hiding the pocket holes.

Assemble Full Tower

Stand the 10″ vertical side up, and align on the wall. Connect the open tower and the vertical side by running the shelves through open tower shelf supports. Check for level then use the brad nailer to secure all shelves to all supports.

Wall Shelves - connected shelves

Wall Shelves - brad nail

Build Second Tower

Repeat steps above (Assemble the Open Tower through Assemble Full Tower) to build the second tower.

Add Center Support Shelf

Wall Shelves - center shelf

Attach 1×2 supports in line with your doorframe on the outside of each tower to support the center shelf. Slide the center shelf into place, on top of the supports and door frame, with pocket holes facing up, and use pocket hole screws to secure into a stud location.  Secure to supports and door frame with brad nails.

Secure to the wall

Wall Shelves - secure into wall

Use the brad nailer to secure the 10″ vertical side to the door frame. Use 2 1/2″ screws to secure the open tower on both sides to the wall or trim.

Add Adjustable Shelves

 

Insert shelf brackets into the shelf pin holes on all four points. Slide a shelf into place on rest on top of supports. Secure shelf brackets with a 3/4″ wood screw to the bottom of each shelf.

Finishing

Touch up any stain or paint as needed. Apply a thin coat of finishing wax.

Stand back and congratulate yourself, Master-builder! You did it! Now, oooohh and awwwhh over your gorgeous DIY shelves! 

floating shelves

Eclectic modern style, with a touch of mid-century, light, airy, within budget and not at all ugly! I’d say these DIY shelves are exactly what this space needed!

mounted shelving

diy floating shelves

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How to Make your Sweetie Feel Special with a Romantic Valentine Table

No matter how much (or little) time you have to spend with your Valentine make it special with a chocolate fondue feast, a romantic table for two and stamped napkins that add sweet sentiment to your Valentine table.

valentine table

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I’m joining a group of bloggers for a Romantic Tablescape Blog Hop. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for links to all of the other participants!

Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day? Every year, without fail, although we don’t do a ton of decorating, we have a Valentine Day party with the kids. We exchange little cards and candy and finish the day off with one or two of our favorite Rom-coms. As fun as that is, sometimes it would be nice to spend some time alone with just my Valentine. We’re so busy all of the time that it is hard to remember to take time for us.

valentine table for two

I think this year, on top of our usual party, maybe I’ll make something special just for us – After all, a shared disdain for Valentine’s Day resulted in the first funny conversation we ever had. And the rest, they say, is history!

I’m a dessert girl and haven’t gotten past the idea of chocolate fondue with fruit and pound cake, complete with a chilled glass of Prosecco, but I have figured out exactly how the table is going to look! I’ve also figured out the special message I’ll be sharing with my Valentine – hopefully, he knows he’s the love of my life, but just in case, I have a fun project to remind him and to share with you.

HOW TO MAKE SWEET STAMPED VALENTINE TABLE NAPKINS

These napkins are a snap to make with just a few materials.

materials - stamped napkins

You will Need:

  • Fabric paint
  • Napkins or flour sack towels
  • Paint Brush
  • Stamps
  • Paper Plate

Squeeze a small amount of paint onto your paper plate.

stamped napkins - step 1

Spread the paint out into the size and shape of your stamp. You don’t want the paint to be swimming on the plate, but you don’t want enough that the stamp can pick it up.

stamped napkins - step 2 spread paint

Press your stamp face down into the paint.

stamped napkins - step 3 stamp paint

Press the paint side down onto your napkin or towel and press firmly.

Carefully peel the stamp off of the fabric.

 

SET THE TABLE

valentines table for two-fireplace

I placed the table by the fireplace, lit with candles for a soft, romantic glow and placed a sumptuous faux fur rug underfoot.

valentines table for two - from top

The table palette is soft creams and grays, with a simple centerpiece of greenery and white feathers.

valentine table for two-centerpiece

valentines table for two - cross my silverware

My sweet napkin sentiment is complete with a chocolate kiss topper.

stamped napkins - step 6 napkins

Often, when decorating the table, I use our everyday white stoneware, but for today’s setting, I pulled out the china. These sweet napkins deserved to have their moment, so I wrapped the silverware in gold and jute twine and crossed them – cross my heart!

valentines table for two -closeup setting

Dessert will be a scrumptious but simple fondue – A delicious platter of fresh fruit, marshmallows, key lime and pound cake bites for dipping into both white and dark chocolate.

valentines table for two-fondue

valentines table for two-marshmallow fondue

To round out our feast, we’ll treat ourselves to glasses of chilled Prosecco – a perfect ending to moment – for that’s about as much time as we’ll have before someone needs something!

valentine table for two-prosecco

With any luck,  we the kids will be well, it won’t be snowing, and we’ll get a few hours to ourselves to have a good giggle about that first Valentine’s Day. Either way, I hope my Valentine knows he’s the bee to my honey, the peanut butter to my jelly, the stars in my sky, and the love of my life!

How about you, what are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  Anything special you like to do with your Valentine?

Thanks so much to Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate for organizing another fun Tablescape Blog Hop! Be sure to click on the links below for more table inspiration this week:

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Monday

Home is Where The Boat Is
Belle Blue Interiors
Everyday Living
A casa di Bianca
PMQ for Two

Tuesday

Life and Linda
Knock it Off Kim
My French Twist
Red Cottage Chronicles
Our Crafty Mom

Wednesday

Bluesky at Home
The Painted Apron
The Little Yellow Corner Store
The Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Living With Thanksgiving

Thursday

At Home With Jemma
Dining Delight
Panoply
Home and Gardening with Liz

Friday

From My Carolina Home
Me and My Captain
The Red Painted Cottage
Celebrate & Decorate

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