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How To Create a Unique Wall Shelf

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,How to use an old salvaged piece in a new way!

Have you ever seen an old salvaged piece at a flea market or antique mall? Or maybe you have one lying around in a shed? Well a while back I found one such piece at a flea market. I loved the beautiful curves of it and just knew I could find a use for it!

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The first thing to do, of course, is to clean it up well. Kristen and I typically clean our pieces with a good degreaser to remove all oils and grime. This is necessary to be sure the paint will stick and no stains come through the paint. Once that was done, I purchased a plain pine board from our local lumberyard. The board was then cut using our handy miter saw to the length of the salvaged pediment piece.

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To join the two together I used our kreg jig to drill some pocket holes along the length of the back of the pediment. A kreg jig is very easy to use and once the screws are inserted through the pediment pocket holes, and into the other board the joint is completely solid.

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I did run a bead of glue along the edge of the board before installing the screws. This is just added security for a really sturdy joint between the two pieces.

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Once that was complete, it was just a matter of painting or staining the piece, whichever you would prefer! I chose to paint my new shelf in a creamy off white with a subtle wash in a greige to match my recently restyled buffet.

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The final touch was to add a cleat at the back of the shelf for hanging. I chose a metal cleat like this one, which is a better option for hanging heavy objects than to use small D-rings or sawtooth hangers.

We simply hung it on the wall using the appropriate screws along the length of the cleat – being sure to put a couple of them into the stud behind the wall board. Alternatively, you can use anchors in sheetrock if you cannot find a stud in the particular spot you want the shelf.

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And there you have it! Done! A fairly easy DIY to do for decor on your walls! Or if you prefer, you can contact Kristen and I and we would be happy to make a pediment shelf for your space!

We then hung this shelf right over the buffet in my dining room to help display those beautiful dishes and decor. It matches perfectly and really brightens up my burgundy accent wall.

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4 Comments

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    Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled
    August 18, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Great shelf and beautiful statement piece! Visiting from Remodelaholic party.

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    Leanna
    August 23, 2017 at 11:58 am

    This is really beautiful architectural pieces like this are so hard to find in Western Canada and I find this to be stunning.

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    Debrashoppeno5
    August 28, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    This is a beautiful creation. I love this type of project.

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