Published at Wednesday, May 16th 2018. In Shelving Board. By Olivia Mallet.
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, you could make your shelves from scratch. We have seen an example of some amazing shabby chic shelves, made out of cotton reels and old pottery boards. Simply glue together old fashioned wooden cotton reels to make the supports, paint and sand them to give them a wonderful distressed look and then use the old pottery boards (or any distressed looking boards that you can find) for the shelves.
Shelving or wall-mounted racks. These are all very popular choices. Shelves are more space efficient than wall-mounted racks, but the racks are more affordable. Cabinets, although costly are an excellent choice because they protect stored items from moisture and dust - and almost always require a contractor for installation. Stackable plastic containers placed on shelves are much less expensive and also have the advantage of providing visibility of the contents.
The most important part of a shelf is the large flat board that supports the items kept on it. If you are planning to keep your compact disks on it, then a six inch wide shelf should be good. For books, a nine to twelve inch width should be fine. However, if you are planning to put your clothes or reasonably large keepsake items on it, twelve inches should be sufficient, but it really depends on the size of the items. Whatever kind of shelf you are planning to use, the width should depend on the largest item or items it is going to hold.
Once you have the bigger pieces of furniture, you will need to decide on your shabby chic shelves. Remember, the furniture and shelves do not have to match, you just need to make sure they are closely related in colour (usually whites, creams, or other pastels). You also need to choose the items that you place on them with great care to make sure that you truly capture the correct style. You should think about the colours and textures of the items. Make use of old battered recipe books, white china, old alarm clocks, victorian chamber pots, candle votives, early spice racks, sepia framed photos, imperial kitchen scales, and of course lots and lots of fresh flowers.
Once the first standard is in position, use a level to determine the appropriate upright positioning, and then sink a screw into the next hole. Securely attach screws to the wall in the remainder of the holes, and do the same with the next standard after making sure of the distance it should be positioned from the first one. You will also have to make sure the standards are situated at the same height so the shelves will be level, and this is easily accomplished by using a laser level. Indicate the appropriate locations using a carpenter's pencil.
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