How To Make A Picture Shelf

How To Make A Picture Shelf

I have posted recently about pulling up carpet in our home, and painting our inside front door black. I received so many great comments, and lots of folks wanted to know exactly how to make the picture shelves in our long entry hallway. We have these shelves all over our home, all made by Steve, and painted by me. So here you go!

Let’s make these!

MATERIALS

Leftover pieces of wood if possible, wood glue, nails, primer, white paint, wood filler, 220-grit sandpaper, screws for hanging. We used power tools, but you may be able to have wood cut for you at a store like Home Depot.

STEP 1 – CUT THREE BOARDS

SHELF BACK THAT ATTACHES TO THE WALL: 32″ long by 4 1/4″ wide by approximately 5/8″ thick

SHELF BOTTOM: 32″ long and 2 1/4″ wide by approximately 5/8″ thick

SHELF LIP: 32″ long, 2″ wide, and 3/8″ thick

CUT OUT THE THREE PIECES

Cut the two larger pieces from one board. Rip the smaller piece for the lip. Add a bit of wood glue where the edges connect.

STEP 2 – ASSEMBLE THE PIECES

Put the pieces together them a nailer to attach the three pieces.

STEP 3 – FILL THE HOLES AND PAINT

Fill the holes, prime the raw edges, and paint. I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Casement. Now it’s ready to hang. Steve found the studs and used screws to attach the shelf. We made lots of these shelves in several lengths for three areas in our house.

We have a rather odd, wide entry hallway, so I decided to make three shelves where we can add and subtract photos easily.

In our master bedroom, we made one really long shelf to hold my artwork, a print I bought in Portugal, my family tree, and some fun old letters.

There is a little wall in my studio that is perfect for yet more shelves. Normally I have them filled with art pieces in progress, but today I am using them to display lots of my favorite design books. The one we just made was added at the bottom. Because who doesn’t need another shelf?

Now that you see how easy it is to make these, are you ready to rock some shelves for your home?

Stay tuned for more from our home!

Mia’s Magical Marrakech-Inspired Wedding Shower

Mia’s Magical Marrakech-Inspired Wedding Shower

Last Saturday it happened. Our daughter Mia’s Marrakech-inspired wedding shower. Our first child to marry, it was quite simply magical. Her sister Jenny, aunt Patricia, and cousin Jackie prepared the loveliest, most delectable, colorful brunch feast and decorations for our guests. My part was to provide our home as the venue, and my collection of treasures from Marrakech, purchased during three wonderful, memory-filled trips. Mia’s decorating style is beginning to embrace the textures and patterns of Morocco, and I know she would love this theme.

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How We Brightened Up Our Front Courtyard

How We Brightened Up Our Front Courtyard

BEFORE

We have an unusual 1977 brick ranch home with a deep courtyard. We love it. We hate it. There is always deep shade on the left side and bright, hot sunshine on the right. Planting flowers over the past 30 years has been a huge learning experience. And, I have painted the dirty-looking sidewalk twice to clean and lighten it up. You can see that didn’t last long. Ugh!

Then, a flash of brilliance! Spray our little chairs and tables black and add them to the sidewalk. It was better, but not good enough. Another flash. Add pea gravel on top of the messy sidewalk to brighten up even more, and add texture.

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Reverse-Painted Round Table Glass Project

(This is a sponsored post for Fusion Mineral Paint and Muddaritaville Studio stencils.)

Do you love to paint furniture, but always assumed that you could not paint glass – for cabinet doors, full-size doors, table tops, serving trays, dishware, and more? Thanks to my exciting collaboration with Fusion Mineral Paint, we are debuting ten fabulous new tutorials, created just for you! Each one will demonstrate new skills for you to learn, using all water-based products from Fusion, and a few unexpected surprises.

We’re beginning the series with reverse-painted round table glass. I have a cute old round table that is painted Fusion Coal Black, and it needed some bling. I bought a 30″ round piece of glass, pulled together my paint and materials, and wow!

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Upcycling An Old White Cupboard

Upcycling An Old White Cupboard

This giant old TV cabinet was what I was using to store paint. It was free, and came from a show house event I did years ago. It was a monster, and it made the room seem tiny. And it needed to go. But. It was SO huge and heavy that I could not even imagine how to get it out of our home. My back hurt just thinking about picking it up. And scuffing my Venetian plaster and stenciled hallway walls.

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