We LOVE  the floating shelves look. We wanted the shelves to run the length of the base cabinet unit. I was very specific about color, size and also wanting some imperfections that natural wood panels have.  The grain pattern and the over all look of the floating shelves I was looking for was not available out there, so Clyde and I ventured out and we did them ourselves.  We headed out to Home Depot and found wood panels that were  2″ x 10″ x 16″ long.  I choose the right color, texture & over all aesthetic.

1. Cut the Wood Panel.

Not having the right tools can definitely deter you from doing a project, but don’t let it stop you this time. Home Depot was great at cutting my long board into three 60 in. long boards, so that took a lot of the hard work off my hands. The cuts were made professionally and perfectly straight. So make sure to know the measurements of your space before you head out; and get your boards cut into the right size.

2. Sand it down.

The next step we took was to sand down the wood boards, making the surface smooth and ready for paint.  Take time in this step and you will reap the benefits when you paint.

3. Wall Brackets

We installed wall bracket to the wood.  First we marked the size of the bracket by tracing it unto the wood.  Using a router and this bit we began to carve out the hole for the bracket. Finally once the outline was carved, we drilled a hole for the spike to the bracket to go into.

4. Wood Veneer Edge Banding

I like every project we make to have a great finish, that is why I invested in this Wood Veneer Edge banding. I feel like it gave the wood shelves and added layer of glam and elegance. It makes the wood edge look more finished and more cohesive. It is so simple to add on. First make sure you get the right width, so that it covers your entire edge. Next using an iron on a warm setting ( see the specific instructions and temp for the veneer you buy) I ironed over the wood banding; it comes pre-glued -so the heat from the iron melts ( activates) the glue and it sticks to the wood board. Put some pressure on that and make sure that it is on nice and straight. You also want to make sure you don’t leave any bubbles.   Click to purchase ( this is an affiliate link) the Edge Supply Maple 2″ X 50′ Roll, Wood Veneer Edge Banding Pre-glued

5.  Base Cabinets

he next step we took was to buy our base cabinet. We went with one unit that met all of the storage needs that we were looking for. Drawers and drawers and clean lines. After measuring your space choose the base cabinets of your choice. I have linked the ones that I have used, this is an affiliate link, which will allow me to earn a commission at no additional cost to you. Click the image to purchase.

4.  shelf rail/hardware.

Finally, the glam. I added glam in the details. By bringing in this polished brass shelf rail I was able to add a touch of glam to the natural wood shelves. I was also able to also bring in some glam in the hardware too. I played by mixing in some finished and I am totally loving what I picked out. The Polished Brass shelf rail I purchased in pieces: I purchased the following of each shelf: 1 Gallery Rail Center Post,  2 Gallery Rail End Posts   and  Gallery Rail – 6mm x 36″L – Solid Polished Brass   ( click the links for affiliate links).

We hope you loved this project and that you will want to add a home bar to your home.

S H O P   P O S T S

We hope these tips help you achieve pockets of peace and glam in your space. Please comment below and let us know which of these tips helped you the most.

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