Make your own fake white floating shelf in four easy steps
White floating shelves can maximize your space by providing an open style and that’s the look we wanted in our boring laundry room. Custom made and long floating shelves are difficult to find, so we decided to build our own floating shelves.
Let me share a very easy tutorial with you to build your own. We are so happy with our laundry room since we upgraded it with a low budget of $500, I want to do laundry all the time!
Supplies & tools to gather for your faux white floating shelf
Really, floating shelves are not difficult to make but they do require some intermediate skill. With these shelves, however, you don’t need any woodworking skills. As long as you have a few tools and the necessary supplies, you’re good to go.
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Pro money saving tips: Buy the tools one at a time as needed and you’ll have a large stack in your home. That’s what we did.
After gathering our supplies, we removed the existing single shelf we had before installing the white floating shelves. You can see below what our laundry room looked like before. It’s the dullest room in our house. We have slightly remodeled and completely redecorated. Our budget was low so we had to think smart. The single cabinet is not enough to store the laundry in the laundry room and it also looks unsightly in the corner of the room.
We decided to get rid of it and add some white, but fake floating shelves because it is a perfect place for fake shelves. We bought wood from Home Depot and here’s what we did to add the shelving.
Step one: Cut the wood to size
We brought cheap oak and since we have a chainsaw at home, we cut it to a custom size. Take precise measurements with a tape measure so you don’t have to cut again and again. Always cut a little longer than a little shorter, as you can always cut to a smaller size if needed.
Step two paint white
I used white Behr paint. I don’t really have to buy paint because we already have it on hand. I painted them in the garage and they are good to go.
Step 3 – Place your stand on the wall
For the first larger shelf, we don’t use a rack. Instead, we secured them on one side with small pieces of wood chips using a brad long nail with Ryobi Brad Nailerbecause it’s a better choice for us.
However, for the small stand, we used bracket because they are heavy duty, plus cheap. As you know, I love to save every penny possible and this is why I teach decorating and budget organization.
After my husband finished placing the larger wooden shelf, he screwed the shelf supports to the wall using Ryobi . Impact Driver. These stands are easy to install in no time. They also have heavy duties.
Step 4 – Set the bracket with screws
After he finished placing the brackets, he placed wooden brackets on them and again used long, strong screws to hold them in place.
Style your newly built white floating shelf
This is the most interesting part for me because I love the decoration. I found most of the decorations on hand and a few of them we bought from a few different places, including Amazon.
While I’d love to use these white floating shelves with more usable items, who can live without displaying pretty decorations? These beautiful white shelves are holding toilet paper, clothespins, laundry detergent for hand wash clothes, dryer sheets, a basket for missing socks, baking soda and a first aid kit.
I also added some fresh (fake) flowers, a small clock and some greenery.
A little touch of the yellow ad a really cute color!
Here you can see all finished, and it not only adds a lot of space but also makes the room look very spacious.
This pair of SwanI think is my favorite decoration in the whole room!
Look at them, how cute they look! I love them and adore them!
You can see the before and after right here. The difference is like night and day.
You can check out the entire makeover of the laundry room right here.
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