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Now on to the fun stuff!
I have been sharing my bedroom revamp over the last week or so. Today I wanted to share my shelves I made for under $15! These are the same type of picture ledge I made for my oldest son’s room, but I took a different approach on mine. I am hoping to show you just how versatile these babies are! You can see the full set of plans for these on Ana White’s site!
I will also be showing a few more details on how to build these with your Kreg Jig®. This is a great first project for those of you that still haven’t pulled your Kreg Jig® out of the box! This is also another excuse to put a Kreg Jig® on your Christmas list!
You can totally make these using wood screws and glue, but the Kreg Jig® makes it easier, prettier and sturdier… Good combo!
For each shelf you will need three boards.
2 – 1×4 and 1 – 1×2 cut at the same length
You can get these at the hardware store already cut at 4, 6 and 8 ft. You can also have them cut them for you.
I started by setting my Kreg Jig measurements. This is easy! I set the bit length to 3/4″ because that is the width of my wood.
I also set my top piece to 3/4″ like this…
I made pocket holes down each of my bottom boards (1×4) just like this…
To attach my boards I also used Gorilla Wood Glue.
I started by adding a line of glue and putting 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws into my pocket holes.
And a longer view….
Your last step is attaching your 1×2 to the front. I added a small line of Gorilla Wood Glue and attached it using finish nails. I didn’t worry about filling the holes because I wanted these shelves to look shanty!
Seriously… You have no excuse to avoid your Kreg Jig® anymore! The time has come.
I have lots of stained pieces in my room, so I knew I wanted to balance this with some white. I decided to use our distress painting method to achieve the look I was wanting.
I started by staining both shelves with Rust-Oleum Ultimate Wood Stain in Kona. You can buy this at Lowe’s!
After that dried I gave everything a coat of the latex paint I have on my trim. You can also spray paint, but I had the latex handy!
After that was done I went to town sanding it down. You can see a full tutorial on this distressing paint method that Ashley shared HERE.
Here is how mine turned out…
Yup… I kind of love it. I added a few modern frames to balance out the shanty and I was done. Here are a few more pictures!
Hope you like them!!
You can see a few more posts on my bedroom below…
Thank you so much for stopping by!! Let me know if you have any questions! Have a great Wednesday!