So I’ve been pretty much dying to do this project for awhile, but kept putting it off. Not sure why because it was so super simple and it was easy on the pocketbook. I’ve been searching other blogs and Pinterest like a crazy person. This one stood out to me the most.
Thankfully, I found these pre-primed mdf boards just two aisles down. I remembered reading a blog a long time ago and thought they used something similar to build their ledges. I just figured I’d wing it and see what happens.
So glad I did! My daughter loves having the books at her height. Makes books a lot more interesting and I think she prefers looking at the covers. I’m going to build her a little reading nook she can fall asleep in if she wants and a little place to have “quiet” time.
Want to do this for yourself?
11/16″x2.5″x8′ pre-primed mdf boards cut into the length you want (you’ll need two pieces /ledge)
1″ corner support brackets (2 per 30″ shelf)
2″ corner support brackets (2 per 30″ shelf)
1/2″ screws for the boards (use longer screws for the drywall, try wall anchors if you have a wild child)
White craft paint for the ends (about 75 cents at Michaels)
1. Take the 1″ brackets and screw them into place with your 1/2″ screws.
2. Attach the second board (the front piece) onto the the same 1″ bracket.
3. Find the studs in your walls and measure the distance between them. This is the distance you want between your 2″ brackets. (You can always use drywall anchors if your studs are too far apart)
4. Attach your 2″ anchors to the board used in step1. Make sure it sits flush with the board so it’ll be at a nice 90 degree angle.
5. Use craft paint to the raw cut edges. Let dry.
6. Anchor these bad boys into the wall and call it good.
So easy right? It took me about 20 minutes to attach all the hardware and about 5 minutes for paint. Not to shabby in my opinion. Quick, super easy, and semi cheap. I like to be SUPER thrifty. Spending under $20 for a dresser kind of thrifty. This project came in at a little over $22, but totally worth it.
Here are a few pictures of the little one in action.
She somehow found the level and thought that was more interesting. Win some and you lose some. Next time I’ll be sure to put the tools away before having a photoshoot….