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A kid-proof alternative to a coffee table

Pinterest has really changed my life, our house, and my husband’s list of projects. 😉 Really, though, it’s been a great source of new ideas for our home, and often, with detailed instructions on how to carry them out. People out there have some really great ideas, and it’s fun to be able to find and tap into them so easily!

So, here’s the latest. I had seen this pin, showing a shelf behind a couch.  I actually liked this idea for our basement “rec” room, but when I showed it to Matt, he wanted to do it in our living room.  And I quickly agreed — though we have side tables on each end of our couch, if you sit in the middle, there is nowhere to put your drink.  We don’t have a coffee table, we have a storage ottoman, and it’s precarious to put a glass on it.

Since we have an 18-month-old running around, we have constantly had to keep an eye on the TV remote and our beverages, so this would be perfect for keeping those things just a little more out of the way (though she CAN climb up on the couch).

So far, our intention is to keep this space purely functional, and not put any decorative items on it. Since we already have an adjacent wall full of floating shelves, I really don’t want to clutter up more space with things. This new shelf is actually pretty invisible unless we put something on it.

Here’s the (very easy!) breakdown: We bought a length of wood, cut it to the length of our couch, sanded it, stained it, put a couple coats of polyurethane on it, and hung it on the wall with four “L” brackets. Though we probably won’t use it to hold a lot of weight, we did screw all the “L” brackets into studs…. so if some kiddo tries to sit on it someday, hopefully it’ll stay put. We already had the sand paper, stain, and poly; so our only cost for this project was the wood ($18) and the brackets ($11).

Hi, our names are Michelle and Matt, and we have a floating shelf problem.

 

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September 5, 2013 Posted by | DIY, Home Improvements, On the cheap | , , | 3 Comments

More floating shelves!

I think we are a bit obsessed with floating shelves.  We used them a lot in our previous (teeny) home for obvious reasons (space, or lack thereof!)… but now we just really love them.  I think we have them installed in every room of the main floor of our house.

I had been wanting to build this magnificent and modern/industrial shelving unit for our living room to put our TV on.  I was inspired by this.  I had priced it all out, drawn sketches, taken measurements, etc.  But the $350-ish price tag for materials and the amount of work it was going to take to assemble it… well, life seemed to get in the way of that actually happening.  So I found new inspiration that seemed a lot easier and cheaper – this pin on Pinterest.

So three $20 shelves from IKEA and less than an hour of labor transformed our living room and now we have this:

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It saved us from having to buy an expensive TV wall mount, and it provides much-needed shelf space for some decorative items and plants.  And my husband did such an amazing job hiding all the cords, don’t you think?  He found these gems (in white) at the hardware store, it allowed us to hide most of the cords for the TV, XBox, and stereo.  They just drop through behind the drywall.  That middle basket on the floor is actually hiding all the cords, outlet, and a subwoofer.

Even though there will always be a small part of me lusting after pipe shelving, we should have done this ages ago!

August 20, 2013 Posted by | DIY, Home Improvements, On the cheap | , , , , | 6 Comments