Before we launched Peach & Pine a few months ago, I (Chandler) had been blogging over at my old site, All Precious & Pleasant Blog. I have learned so much since I started that blog three years ago, and it's almost painful to go back and look at some of my early archives. Seriously...what was I thinking with that photo editing!?
Despite that, I have had a few old posts that have garnered a bit of attention and repins on Pinterest (despite those terrible photos), so I decided to revisit them here on the new blog along with updated photos!
This is a project that Jeremy did when we first moved into our house nearly three and a half years ago, and it is still one of my favorite things! From here on out...you are reading my words from three years ago! April 2013 to be exact! So enjoy an old post with new photos and a great, inexpensive project that is perfect for a small space!
For today's challenge, I actually commissioned the skills and brains of my favorite handyman, Jeremy Guyton Quarles.
I gave him the idea, but he did a lot of the leg work on this one.
We were inspired by this pin on Pinterest.
Our living room space is pretty tight, so we thought it made all the sense in the world to install a console table behind the couch rather than end tables on either side of the couch. It is the perfect place to have lamps for reading light and to set a drink down during the football game. It was really affordable and could be completed in an afternoon.
Jeremy found the most beaten up piece of wood at Lowe's since he knew he wanted it to look rustic and worn. It is 1" high x 12" wide x 6' long.
Then he attached three L-brackets to the wall along where he found the studs. He used some tips and tricks from Young House Love ( found here) to make the wood look even more worn. He sanded it down with 220 grit sandpaper and our handy orbital sander.
Next we applied Miniwax Stain in Red Mahogany. I applied and he wiped off immediately because the raw wood soaked up the color so quickly.
I finished it off with two coats of gloss polyurethane, we installed the board to the L-brackets, and voila! It turned out every bit as lovely as we hoped, and personally, I like it even more than the original Pinterest pin!
Two mercury glass lamps from Home Goods and some accessories made it feel even more personal. I stacked our wedding album, our Young House Love book, and a couple of old books from when we cleaned out the church library on one end and put a simple silver tray and candle on the other end. Just imagine what it will look like with some art up on that wall--a project I will be tackling in the next couple of weeks. Here is what it looks like underneath with the L-brackets for those of you who were trying to figure out what is going on under there. Also, Jeremy created a little video of his creation of the shelf. I love this guy. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPTCupQ6JJs&w=560&h=315]
1"x12"x6' piece of wood from Lowes: $11
3 L-brackets: $9
Stain: already owned
Polyurethane: already owned
Total cost: $22
For a shelf that is both functional and stylish, I'd say that's pretty good. It definitely beats what it would have cost to purchase a console table or two side tables.