How To Build Farmhouse Floating Shelves

For a while now, I’ve needed some more storage options in our loft/playroom area that also allow me to decorate! After putting in the faux beams across the entryway to our loft I felt that a floating shelf that matched the beam would fit the space perfectly. Luckily the process for building the floating shelves is one of the easiest projects I’ve done to date. This guide will show you the exact process I used to create the perfect farmhouse floating shelves!

How to build farmhouse floating shelves


Steps for DIY Farmhouse Floating Shelves

As with any project of mine, it takes multiple trips to your local home improvement store. I picked up the lumber in one trip but had to make a return trip to pick up some more stain after I ran out. This project is super quick, excluding the time for the shelves to dry!

Step 1: Cut your shelves to the desired length

I ended up building shelves that were 36 inches in length. I felt that this size was perfect on the wall of my loft/playroom area. Using a circular saw (the wood ended up being too big for a miter saw), measure and cut your boards. I always like to use another piece of wood with clamps to guide my circular saw and keep the cut straight!

DIY Floating Shelves

Step 2: Stain your shelves

Using the Hazelwood stain, coat your shelves with a foam brush to remove any yellow undertones. This will allow your shelf to have a warmer grey base. Once the Hazelwood stain has dried (after about a day), next apply the one-step interior stain from Old Barn Living in the color weathered using a foam brush. Again, let the shelves dry for about a day. Apply the Jacobean stain using a bristle brush and stain towels to achieve your desired color.

Step 3: Mount the floating shelve brackets

To mount your floating shelves I found it easiest to draw everything on my wall! If you aren’t able to screw the bracket into a stud make sure to use drywall anchors that can support the weight of your shelf. Using a level, mount your first bracket on the wall in the desired location. Next, I placed the wood shelf on the first bracket, placed a level on the shelf, and determined the location of the second bracket so that the shelf would be level.

Step 4: Attach your farmhouse floating shelf to the brackets

Place the shelves on top of the brackets and make sure they are flush against the wall. Once the shelves are set, attach the brackets to the shelves from beneath.

Finally, add any decor to your shelves to complete your project. The entire project cost just over $50 and took only about an hour of work time! I think that they really complete look in our loft and I love how they match our faux beam!

1776 Faux Farmhouse Floating Shelves
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