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floating shelves: creative space

I’ve been doing a little rearranging in the sewing room since this summer.  I don’t know, I guess I’m a little restless, but I love the change. The girls seemed like they were outgrowing their Ikea table and stools, so I wanted to search out something that would work and grow with them.

We have this nook in the sewing room where I had my armoir with all my clothes in it, and I was tired of it not functioning like I needed it to.  It just took up too much room and didn’t suit my needs.  So I sold it on craigslist, man, I do love selling things on there, it’s fun!

It took forever to come up with a reasonably cost effective solution for the shelves.  Countertop pieces that length were crazy expensive and I didn’t think I could pull off making floating shelves that size.  So of course I looked and found ikea floating shelves that were *almost* the right length, for cheap.  Yes please.

But that didn’t solve the desktop issue.  We ended up making it!  Just sandwiched two pieces of plywood together, glued and screwed together, added a 1×2 for a facing and painted it.  It’s great!  We just used some cleats on the sides and back of the desktop to support it.  Now I just need to get motivated to wax the darn thing so it can be protected.

Only problem is that the girls love it and use it all the time!  Good problem to have.  I had scored the little chairs at an estate sale over the summer, not sure if I’ll paint them or leave them as is, but they’re the perfect size and really sturdy.  There’s another little goodie I just bought for the room,  I’m excited to share it!  Soon!


28 Responses to floating shelves: creative space

  1. Rachel at Stitched in Color 03.05.2013 at 11:13 am #

    Wow, that looks so bright and beautiful. What a great space! I love making changes like that too. It’s exciting to remake spaces so that they really serve.

  2. Jaime Costiglio 03.05.2013 at 11:19 am #

    Anna your solution is perfection! What a great way to make the best use of the space. I too find my 8,6, & 5 year old are outgrowing the ‘little kid tables and chairs’ and SO ready for an upsize. Love how you made it work in a cost effective way.

  3. Yasemin 03.05.2013 at 11:35 am #


  4. Jessie Fincham 03.05.2013 at 11:37 am #

    Looks so perfect Anna! I’m so super jealous of your catherineholm saucepan too! Pretty :) xo

  5. Mary on Lake Pulaski 03.05.2013 at 11:51 am #

    Looks great Anna!

  6. Ann 03.05.2013 at 11:52 am #

    That’s fantastic. I love how clean and airy it looks.

  7. Melissa {polkadot chair} 03.05.2013 at 12:09 pm #

    I love that little nook ! Your girls are so adorable too.
    You know what would be cute to protect the surface… Oilcloth. You could just staple it underneath the table. Then take it off if you ever don’t want it again.

  8. amy 03.05.2013 at 1:13 pm #

    It looks so awesome!! My girls would love a space like that!

  9. Amy Friend 03.05.2013 at 1:23 pm #

    It looks great. I am a huge Craigs list fan too!

  10. 3Ms +1N 03.05.2013 at 1:53 pm #

    My kiddos would love that! So would I, working in the same room like that sounds perfect :) Momma sews, kids do what their hearts desire. Sounds like harmony!

  11. Jenny 03.05.2013 at 2:29 pm #

    Looks perfect! I think the shelves are the perfect size.

  12. amandajean 03.05.2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Simple. Beautiful. Perfect.

  13. mle 03.05.2013 at 3:08 pm #

    That is fantastic! It’s hard to be patient when searching for suitable solutions but it sure can pay off!

  14. kristin 03.05.2013 at 3:26 pm #

    LOVE IT. What a great use of space. My kids use their art table all the time, but as they get older I’ll be wishing I had a nook like this to build into!

  15. arajane 03.05.2013 at 3:27 pm #

    i love that nook! the shelves are perfect and it looks so light and inviting. yay for plans working out!

  16. sonia 03.05.2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Looks perfect, I love the light in that room! Congrats!

  17. Martha 03.05.2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Wow! that looks fantastic.

  18. Jess@craftiness is not optional 03.05.2013 at 11:24 pm #

    love that fun little nook! the girls look like they love it! Those little chairs are adorable too, even in their natural color. :)

  19. Jake 03.06.2013 at 10:03 am #

    Oh wish I had a nice nook like this!

  20. Laura 03.06.2013 at 10:13 am #

    I would love to do something like this at our house – but I lack the wonderful nook. It looks bright and lovely – no wonder your daughters are inspired!

  21. DKB 03.06.2013 at 1:56 pm #

    looks great. my kids are still crammed into their ikea table and chairs. we have the rectangle version of what you had. They 8yo is much too big to be sitting there, but its all we have room for.

  22. molly:applecyder 03.06.2013 at 2:41 pm #

    I really need to get over the fear of putting nails and screws into our walls. This is beautiful!

    Unrelated: Hope you’ve been able to swim lately!

  23. Anna 03.06.2013 at 9:12 pm #

    it looks great, perfect for the kids.

    I can never keep my shelves that clear though, I need a big clean out.. too much junk! Inspired to sort it out now, thanks :)

  24. Very Berry Handmade 03.07.2013 at 5:25 am #

    What a lovely nook! We have those same shelves in our living room, they do look good, although I can never get my head round floating shelves! They chairs look beautiful just as they are. It must be the time of year, there seem to be lots of blog posts about decorating, decluttering and rearranging just now.

  25. Sew Create It - Jane 03.08.2013 at 10:53 am #

    What a great space! I want one :o)

    Just wanted to also say I’ve made three of those lovely divider baskets. I’ve blogged about it if you want to have a read at my impromptu review…I’m just so impressed :o)

  26. meg 03.08.2013 at 11:19 am #

    it’s perfect, anna.

  27. luvinthemommyhood 03.09.2013 at 11:00 am #

    Love this little space! I think the floating shelves look amazing and those chairs – awesome! I wish we had better estate sales here :)

  28. Rilane 05.13.2014 at 1:44 am #

    Shelf looks very nice. I see that you use every bit of your home :)

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