This is one of my favorite Shanty projects ever! I get asked about my DIY shelf with hooks ALL the time, and let me show you again how easy this baby is to make! It’s a perfect beginning woodworking project!
I have always wanted a mantle in my house, but don’t have room on the fireplace. This isn’t quite a mantle, but it kind of feels like one to me! It took me an afternoon to finish!
I started with 1 2×6 cut at 5.5 ft and 1 2×8 cut at 5 ft.
I attached the 2×6 to the top of the 2×8 using wood glue and 2 1/2″ wood screws. This is what it looked like…
My next step was to add just a bit of molding to chic it up a bit. I didn’t want to mess with cutting crown, so I decided to use a casing instead. Casing is flat on the back and is much easier to cut and attach in my opinion. I just cut the corners at a 45 degree angle and I was set. I attached the casing using wood glue and finishing nails.
this is a great project for the AirStrike nailer we have been telling you about! This is BY FAR my favorite Ryobi tool on the shelf (at the moment) It’s a cordless brad nailer that will shoot up to 2″ nails and runs on the same battery as our 18V drills… It’s too legit to quit! You can get all the great Ryobi tools at the Home Depot!
That’s it for the building! Super easy, huh??? I caulked my edges and nail holes. After it dried I sanded the whole thing using 120 grit sand paper.
My next step was to paint her!
I used my very favorite….
Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Heirloom White
You can get it at Home Depot and Hobby Lobby!
I sprayed 2 coats on and let it dry.
I found my hooks at Hobby Lobby for $2.99 a piece. I bought 7 because I am planning on hanging our stockings on this. I used 1″ drywall screws to attach them to the 2×8.
That was it! I had my stepdad help me hang it up because it was super heavy. I marked my studs on the wall using a stud finder. We used 3″ long screws to drill through the 2×8 and into the studs in the wall. We put 4 in and it is super sturdy! I filled the holes with wood filler and put a little touch up paint on them to cover it up. Good as new! And, I didn’t have to worry about finding the right hardware.
Want to see it all finished???
What do you think??
I am finally able to display LOTS of my kiddos pics which I LOVE!
I would LOVE for you to share this and PIN it with your peeps below! Hope you like it!
It was SO easy! And, it was under $40. More than half of that was the hooks!
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