My Breakfast Nook DIY Floating Shelves

Phase one of my breakfast nook makeover is complete! My main inspiration for this project had built-in shelves along the back wall of the nook, so I added some floating shelves to mine. I’m really excited about how it turned out! My breakfast nook already looks way better.

Learn how I made my own DIY floating shelves for my breakfast nook #DIY #decor #homedecor

Learn how I made my own DIY floating shelves for my breakfast nook #DIY #decor #homedecor

I’ll probably change this up, but this was my first stab at styling up these shelves. What a difference from the before, right? (Everything below the frame of this photo is the same as in the before. Actually, worse, because it’s covered with my shelf-making mess right now!)

Breakfast nook before

I had hung solid wood floating shelves in my kitchen (tutorial here), but I wanted narrow white painted shelves for these. So I had to figure out how to build them. Luckily I found a couple of good tutorials to help me out.

Learn how I made my own DIY floating shelves for my breakfast nook #DIY #decor #homedecor

I used a couple of different resources to help me bring my vision to life. The main one was this tutorial for how to create long deep, thin floating shelves. I also used some of the slight modifications from this write-up, specifically the part about drilling holes in the 1x2s so that you don’t need to use super long screws. Along the way, I made my own modifications to the floating shelves. Like not using pocket holes to attach the front 1×2 because I couldn’t fit my screwdriver between the wall and the edge of the shelf to attach the screws. It would have been fine if I had assembled the whole frame before putting it up, but since I was doing this alone and didn’t have a second pair of hands to help me build this (Steven was out of town), I knew I wouldn’t be able to wrangle the whole frame onto the wall. At 10.75-inches deep, my shelves are also a bit shallower than the 12-inch-deep ones in the tutorial.

Learn how I made my own DIY floating shelves for my breakfast nook #DIY #decor #homedecor

Learn how I made my own DIY floating shelves for my breakfast nook #DIY #decor #homedecor

Learn how I made my own DIY floating shelves for my breakfast nook #DIY #decor #homedecor

The blue tape is from me trying to figure out the placement of the corner shelves. Before I did it, I thought it might be a waste of tape, but it really did help. I still polled followers via my Instagram stories on whether I should put one or two shelves on each side. A couple of people suggested one on one side, and two on the other, so I gave that a try, and decided I liked it that way the best. It gave me room for a taller plant or vase on the side with only one shelf.

For the corner shelves, I started with this tutorial, but combined it with the method to make thinner shelves. Instead of making a triangle and attaching it to the wall, I simplified things by just attaching the two side cleats directly to the wall. This was mostly because my walls aren’t 100% square. And as you can probably tell, I used some stained scrap 1x2s I had laying around in my garage from an old project (example #12963 why I can never throw anything away).

Learn how I made my own DIY floating shelves for my breakfast nook #DIY #decor #homedecor

Unlike both of the tutorials above, I primed the visible boards before I put them up. I was glad I did it that way, because while making these in place, I ended up with paint, sawdust, and glue in my hair (not all at the same time). I probably would have had to add primer to that list if I hadn’t primed before putting them up.

Since I didn’t take many step-by-step photos, hopefully the tutorials I linked to and my notes make it clear how I made these. But if you’re making your own, please feel free to ask me any questions you have about how I made my floating shelves.

Though they were a bit of work, these weren’t hard to make, and I think I’ve gotten the most difficult part of this makeover out of the way. Although I’m kind of worried that the cushion situation will be more of a challenge than I think. But I think the next parts I tackle will be the light and the art.

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