Today I’m sharing a favorite DIY project and a common question I usually get asked when anybody enters my home is “Where did you get that shelf?”
I had this large, huge wall that needed something and I had no idea what to put there. When I went into my friend Cheri’s home and saw her shelf, I immediately knew I wanted to create one, too. Don’t you love getting inspired by creative friends?
She actually has a tutorial on her blog, I Am Momma Hear Me Roar. We did change it up a bit to fit our wall measurements evenly.
- 2×4 slat of wood
- 2 Corbels
- large lag screws or heavy duty hanging screws (head on over to Cheri’s blog for hanging tips!)
The stain I used was by Minwax color Jacobean because I wanted a dark, classic look.
I couldn’t find any white corbels anywhere, so I purchased some black ones at Hobby Lobby with my nifty coupon and painted them white and sanded them to give that “distressed” look.
NOTE: The corbels are a decoration accent – these are not heavy enough to hold up the shelf.
Now you’re ready to decorate to your heart’s content!
Anybody who knows me, knows that I LOVE TO READ. I’m usually reading three books at once and I’m not joking when I tell you I had this book on my “to-read” list even before I was offered an advanced copy of the blled to tell you about Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky.
Caroline MacAfee is a skilled carpenter, her daughter Jamie, a talented architect. Together they are the faces of Gut It!, a home renovation series on local public television. Caroline takes pride in her work, and in the way she connects with the show’s audience. But when she is told the network wants her daughter to replace her as host-the day after Caroline’s fifty-sixth birthday-she is devastated. The fallout couldn’t come at a worse time.
For Jamie, life changes overnight when, soon after learning of the host shift, her father and his new wife die in a car accident that orphans their two-year-old son. Accustomed to organization and planning, she is now grappling with a toddler who misses his parents, a fiancé who doesn’t want the child, a staggering new attraction, and a work challenge that, if botched, could undermine the future of both MacAfee Homes and Gut It!
For Caroline, hosting Gut It! is part of her identity. Facing its loss, she feels betrayed by her daughter and old in the eyes of the world. Her ex-husband’s death thrusts her into the role of caregiver to his aging father. And then there’s Dean, a long-time friend, whose efforts to seduce her awaken desires that have been dormant for so long that she feels foreign to herself.
Who am I? Both women ask, as the blueprints they’ve built their lives around suddenly need revising. While loyalties shift, decisions hover, and new relationships tempt, their challenge comes not only in remaking themselves, but in rebuilding their relationship with each other.
This post is brought to you by St. Martin’s Press. All opinions and projects are mine.