I’m so excited to share this new DIY project with you guys.
One, because it’s my first DIY project in 2013 and two, because it’s just so pretty.
It was actually very easy. Only lengthy in time because I had to wait for glue and paint to dry. I was very impatient to get this done and up. haha
You ready?! Let’s get started.
First, I bought 9 2×24 pieces of wood from Home Depot. They were sanded already so it made it easy to get started. I believe they were about $1.60-$2 each. So not too bad. You could always buy cheaper wood and cut the pieces yourself; more work but you save some money.
Using Gorilla glue, I glued each piece in place and held them together with staples.
For extra security (not that Gorilla glue wasn’t enough) I used Tacky glue on every corner.
I used books to apply pressure and set it like so to dry.
As I mentioned earlier, I was very anxious to finish this project so I didn’t wait a full 24 hours for the Gorilla glue to dry; it was more like 5 hours, I was very careful with it though.
The glue was dry enough to safely remove the staples. They ended up leaving indents so I covered them with nail filler.
I waited for it to dry and sanded them. You can avoid this step if you have clamps that can hold the shelves in place while the glue dries. Or you could glue all of these boards to the back of the display. I did not do this because I wanted the back to be easily removed; I want to be able to change it out if I want.
Again, I was very impatient to get this beauty on my wall and couldn’t wait til morning to paint them and since it was too cold do spray paint outside I decided to do it in the garage. BAD idea and the hubby wasn’t too happy about this. There was a paint fog left in there til morning. Best do your spray painting outside.
This is what I used for my backing. It was a piece I already had on hand that I just cut to size. It’s not wood but it’s not cardboard. Not really sure what to call it but it was thin enough to cut it with a box cutter.
When the paint was dry I set the back of the display under the shelves and traced along the shelf lines. See the small open space at the top? It’s there on purpose. I will hang it from here.
These marks will help later.
Using my Cricut I cut out TONS of circles out of different shades of gold.
I set them down in the pattern I wanted and glued them down with Tacky glue.
This is what I ended up with. You can’t see how sparkly it is from this angle but it’s very pretty. What’s great is that you can decorate this however you please. If you use paint you can change it up WHENEVER you please.
I found these small plastic corner pieces used for drawers and I glued four of them to each corner of the top part of the display for extra protection against it falling apart when hung.
Remember those lines I drew earlier? When you set the back on the shelves you will used these markings to staple both pieces together. The lines will ensure you staple in the right place.
*Note: Make sure you have long enough staples that are the correct size for your stapler. *
I could not figure out a way to hang this that I felt safe with so I found the studs on the wall and nailed 2 medium sized nails parallel to each other and I wrapped the nails in yarn so the shelf sat on a soft surface.
Ta da! You can see the plastic corner pieces at the top here. All the weight will be on that top board so you see now, why I used the corner pieces. I wanted enough support.
Here it is filled with my nail polish collection.
Not only does it look pretty but it opened up space for more nail polish. Yay! haha
I love it. It looks so pretty in my studio.
If you have any question just let me know in the comment section below and I will do my best to answer.
Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you make your own, send me pictures. I want to see.