Are you looking for a floating shelf? For this month’s DIY “Let’s Get Organized Challenge” I made a rustic floating shelf to go below my new bedroom t.v. I had no idea that hanging a t.v. on the wall could bring on so many problems! The t.v. in the living room rests on a repurposed buffet tv stand.
Farmhouse Floating Shelf
Now that the tv is hanging on the wall, I will need to deal with wires, a mini cable box and more. Let’s see how it all came together, shall we?
Hang T.V. Hide the Wires
Can you see it? The mess of cords? The nearest outlet is about 6 feet away. I bought my t.v. wall mount kit on Amazon.
After searching online for a solution, I settled on this very inexpensive bracket set up. NOTE: The light switch was changed out for a receptacle. Because I use smart light bulbs controlled with an app, I was able to give up the light switch.
Because the cable cord actually comes up through the basement, so it was fished from the floor in between the walls. But, the bracket was pointing in the wrong direction, I removed it, grabbed the cable cord and then inserted it downward. Finally, I replaced the plate screwing it onto the orange bracket. The orange bracket was purchased at Home Depot.
Now that the setup is complete, it’s time to make it more organized and tidy. So, I took some measurements and got to work.
How to Build a Floating Shelf Below the T.V.
I purchased some 1x12 boards and rummaged through my stash for the 2x6.
Using the 1x12 in it’s original width was slightly more than I needed. Initially taking the measurements, you might just measure the cable box. However—you will need to take into consideration how close the box will sit up against the wall. I ripped about an inch off the boards.
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Using my 10” measurement, I cut the 2x6 scrap on my miter saw.
Dry Fit of Shelf Boards
In order to hang the floating shelf on the wall, I would need a support to attach to the wall stud.
Sand Boards Smooth
I sanded all the boards smooth.
Construct Floating Shelf with Wood Glue and Nail Gun
Wet Wipes Help Remove Wood Glue
Wet wipes are handy to wipe away any glue that oozes out.
After completing the construction, I gave everything another quick sanding. For a more rustic look, I prefer rounding over the edges of the boards to give them an older looks. An orbital sander is perfect for this task.
Staining Floating Farmhouse Shelf
To get the rustic look I’m looking for, I used the same technique I did for these Farmhouse Shelves. First, I stained the rustic floating shelf with Jacobean stain by Minwax.
The following day after the stain was completely dry, I used Vaseline as a paint resist for the off white paint.
Using Vaseline as a Paint Resist
I applied the vaseline in a random pattern all over the shelf.
Using a gentle stroke with a chip brush will allow the vaseline to resist. Yes, you could stop here, if you like this look. I wanted a little more coverage.
Can you see the vaseline treated areas peeking through? I chose to do another light coat with a dampened chip brush so I wouldn’t get too much coverage.
Allow the paint to dry for a couple of hours.
How to: Farmhouse Distress
So, I know this look isn’t for everyone, but I have a heavily distressed nightstand in the bedroom that I love. A damp rag was used to reveal the vaseline resisted paint areas.
Holes were pre-drilled and screws were started in order to make installing the shelf easier to do by myself. A level was used to insure proper installation.
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Floating Farmhouse Shelf for Under T.V.
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