Happy Wednesday Pretty Handy Readers! Today’s project is a DIY personalized wall shelf and I’ll show you how to make it. I’m Jaime from That’s My Letter, a fellow DIY blogger who builds, paints and sews. I made this wall shelf as a gift for Bryce’s birthday, it makes a great statement AND it’s useful too!
Just a bit of painting and assembly to make this awesome, personalized wall shelf. And of course you can adjust the paint colors to fit your scheme. Bryce happens to have navy painted walls in his bedroom so I know this wall shelf will really pop once hung in his space.
The stained wood shelf adds just a touch of warmth and coordinates well with the hardwood floors. For a deeper shelf, use a wider board. I used a 1×3 but you could use a 1×4 or larger.Materials:
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- 1/2″ or 3/4″ plywood cut to desired size (approx. 2′ x 4′)
- scrap piece of 1/2″ plywood approx. 4″ x 36″
- 1×3 pine board cut to width of plywood
- 9″ MDF Pre-cut letters
- Single robe hooks
- French cleat kit
- paint, roller & brush
- stain & foam brush
- tape measure
- wood glue
- 2″ wood screws
- 3/4″ wood screws
- drill & bits
- nailer & finish nails
Before beginning, layout your letters onto plywood and cut the plywood to size based on the length of the name.
Step 1: Apply stain to the 1×3 shelf piece on all sides using a foam brush. Wipe off the excess. Set the shelf aside and let it dry.
Step 2: Paint your letters. Paint your plywood back (not shown).
Step 3: Distress the edges of the letters using sandpaper. Read more