Wednesday, May 20, 2015
In any home, one can never have too much storage. But instead of buying new shelves, why not recycle. When it comes to throwing out the old, consider what else you can do to upcycle them. One such idea is repurposing old, wooden boxes or sturdy magazine boxes as floating shelves. These are great as storage, as well as for decorating a blank wall.
Here’s what to do.
1. Choose a set of boxes, three to four would be fine. Remove the flaps so what remains are just the walls of the box. Choose boxes that are sturdy enough to hold books and no more than a foot deep or else they may be too obtrusive in the space.
2. If you are using wooden boxes, make sure to sand them down first to avoid splinters. Then, coat it with varnish.
3. You may either choose to paint the base/bottom of box a neutral color such as white or gray. But you may also add a little flair by lining it with colored or patterned paper or fabric. You can go as bright and as bold as you want.
4. Once that’s done, map out where you’d like it to be placed on the wall. You may either arrange them into one straight line or place them at random heights. For your convenience, make pencil guides as to where you’ll be drilling or nailing them.
5. With the opening of the box facing out, drill the nails into the wall, securing your floating box shelf.
6. Arrange your books, knickknacks and other décor in your newly installed shelves. Another idea: instead of installing them on the wall, you may also stack them up to make interesting stand-alone shelves.