DIY Floating Shelf

Along with the old window turned picture frame, my sister made my mom a new floating shelf to go under the frame and because she built the shelf at my house, I am going to show you how she built the floating shelf.

DIY shelfFirst, you need to decide the length of your shelf. TIP: See where your studs are on your walls first, making sure you can screw into at least two studs.

DIY floating shelf

– 2″ x 2″ board
– 4″ board, cut to 3″ (but you could use the 4″, really 3 1/4″, to give it a little lip on the shelf)
– 8″ board 

5 – 2×2 cut to 5 5/8″ (cut from 4″ board, pocket inside shelf)
1 – 2×2 cut to length of shelf (ours cut to 31 1/2″, pocket inside shelf)
2 – 8″ cut to length of shelf (ours cut to 31 1/2″, top of shelf)
1 – 3″ cut to length of shelf + 1 1/2″ (ours cut to 33″, side of shelf)
2 – 3″ cut to 5 3/4″ (side of shelf)

Next was assembling the shelf frame, the part that slides into the shelf to give it strength. Using the Kreg Jig, create two pockets on the 5 5/8″ 2×2’s. Then screw the 2×2’s together, they will look something like this.

DIY floating shelf

Next is assembling the shelf, you can either use the Kreg Jig or a nail gun. If you use the Kreg Jig the last piece of wood will be harder to assemble because it’s a tight squeeze. My sister used the Kreg Jig and created two pockets on  the 3″x5 3/4″ pieces. Then on the 8″ board put pockets like example above (the one pocket in the corner will not be used).

Attach the 3″x5 3/4″ pieces to the long 3″ piece creating the sides and front of the shelf.

Then add one of the 8″ boards to the side and front just created and screw into place. Turn over and attach the other piece the same way, it will just be harder unless you have a longer screwdriver.

DIY wood floating shelf



After you have assembled both, take the shelf and stain the wood, my sister used a stain called special walnut. After the stain dried, she applied one coat of poly.

Next attach your shelf to the wall, screwing the shelf pocket first to studs. Then inserting the pocket into the shelf and it’s done!

DIY floating shelf

DIY shelf

Anyone else building a floating shelf? Or do you want to? I want to add them to my bathroom…

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Updating Ikea Desk

We have a problem…it starts with a very little person who can get into everything in our desk. We were really tired of our desk looking like this: Not all of that was the little guys fault, I think I need to clean the top…

Desk Problem

Do you see any problems with this picture? The cords are all piled on the floor with a chair/backpack trying to keep someone out. The side and front of the desk are all open and that does not work very well with a baby either. See the wiring on the one front? Or how about the tub, empty box, or toys closing in all the other sides? I think you get the point that this desk needs a makeover. But I want to show you the after because it’s AMAZING!!!

DIY Ikea Desk

BAM… That’s the same desk… Can you believe it??? Do you want to see how we did it? Well first we had to clean and move everything off the desk. Here is my little helper…

Ikea Desk Hack

We decided to close in one of the sides and to add a door to the other side. Plus, of course, adding doors to the front. I really wanted to make one of the bottoms bigger and add a printer slider like this:


It’s amazing right! But we decided not this time… But here is the base of the desk all updated and our new doors. All ready for some primer and paint.

Added Sides and doors

We decided to stain the desk top in Special Walnut, my new favorite stain… But something new I have been doing is taking a damp cloth and wiping all the wood.

Wet wood before staining

Then applying the stain right after. I have found this does a really good job as a wood conditioner and it’s FREE. 

Adding Stain

Then we added the utility hinges, pulls, and knobs

DIY Computer Desk

We wanted the cords hidden in the desk base. So we drilled a hole through the back of the base and attached the power strip to the wood. No more seeing that all the time… 

Hide desk cords

I still have to hide some cords but does that not look amazing?

DIY Desk

Loving the clean crisp desk now.

DIY Desk

We have had this IKEA desk for 7 years and through 3 kids. And I have no idea why we did not do this sooner… Because this IKEA hack is great! Anyone else need to hack their Ikea desk? Or just need to give their desk a much needed makeover?

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Pink & Purple Wave Quilt

Some of our friends are having their first little girl in a month and after seeing Kitchen Table Quilting Deep Blue Sea Baby Quilt, we decided to make them a pink and purple wave quilt. 

Girl quilt

Kitchen Table Quilting has a great tutorial on how to make the quilt. I made sure I pressed the seam in different directions to give them a pocket, this makes sewing them together really easy. After sewing things together, I sandwiched the quilt on my kitchen floor, after cleaning it really well

girl quiltI use regular safely pins…

Sandwich quilt

Then I took the quilt to my sewing machine and quilting using a non-straight line. And finished things off with a white binding.

girl wave quiltWhat do you think? We love the design so much that we asked my mom to make our youngest a blanket in the same design! 

Old Window Picture Frame

DIY shelf

Remember when we used some old windows for the doors of our TV stand? Well I got a couple more window frames and one was for my mom. She wanted a big family picture and we decided to use one of the window frames.

Old window frame

But instead of just painting the frame a solid color, I decided to give it a weathered look, it was an old window…

I started by scraping the old paint with a window razor and puddy knife, removing all the old flaking paint.

Remove chipping paint

Then lightly sanded the whole frame.

DIY Old Window Frame

Next I removed all the old caulk that was holding the glass in place because it was old and dirty. Then I wiped the frame with a wet cloth.

At this part I jumped the gun and applied some white acrylic paint to the frame. But if I did it again I would first apply a stain. So this is where I would have applied a special walnut stain to bring out the wood color of the frame.

DIY Old Window Frame

Next using Vaseline and a cotton ball, I applied vaseline to the areas I wanted to keep the way they were.

DIY Old Window Frame

Then I took a cheap paint brush and white acrylic paint and quickly painted the frame. 

Paint old window frame

After the paint dried, I took a wet cloth and wipe the frame, making sure to remove the vaseline. Be careful when wiping the new paint because some will wipe off.

Then it was time to apply a new bead of caulk to the glass. I taped around the frame leaving about 1/8″-1/4″ from the frame. 

Caulk glass into place

Then I applied the caulk, removing the tape after and letting it dry for 24 hours.

installing glass to cabinet door

Now the frame was ready for a finishing coat of Poly. After the poly dried, I added the photo and the frame was complete.

DIY picture frame

DIY old wooden window

Does anyone else have old wooden windows that they would like to update to a picture frame? I have one more window that I am going to make into a kids coloring station…