Hey y’all! If you’ve been checking out my Instagram posts lately (and I hope you have) you know I’ve been blowing up my feed with pics of the shelves in my breakfast nook! And I mean come on, can you blame me?
Our house has very high ceilings in the breakfast nook, living room and entry. We think that is great! It’s actually what drew us to this house but those high ceilings can make our home feel super cold and uninviting. I give you exhibit A….
Super tall wall right? It’s great, but it definitely needs something. We had some large statement art in that space for a while but it didn’t bring enough weight to the area to cozy up the space. I also have the dilemma of limited cabinet space and wanted some way to lighten the load on my cabinets, so shelving was the obvious choice. I opted for the super simple, look of raw wood and I wanted them to have a floating shelf vibe. I’ve had a lot of issues with real floating shelves in the past, they pull away from the wall and can’t hold very much before they start drooping.
I decided to use very low profile construction connectors as brackets.
I painted the side attached to the wall to camouflage them further. To make the shelves I bought 1 8ft 2×12 and had the nice man at Home Depot cut it in half for me. I gave them a light sanding before attaching them to the brackets. I used small hex head lag bolts to attach the connectors to the wood shelves and I used long screws and washers to attach the connectors to studs in the wall, I needed the washers because the holes in the connectors are slightly larger than your average screw head.
I used two conectors as brackets under the self and then one on top in the middle for added support, because these wood shelves are HEAVY. On the lower shelf I actually positioned the “on top” bracket to the left directly over the lower bracket because my wood was a little bit warped downward on this side and the brackets helped to straighten it out as well as add support.
Y’all I’m loving this look, and it was cheap like cheap cheap! The 2×12 was $8.81 and the connectors were about $8 each. I couldn’t be happier with this look and my added storage!