My plan for my pantry consists of 4 L-shaped cabinets, and I acquired the primary one constructed yesterday. I used to be unsure how floating cabinets would work in a pantry the place I need to retailer heavy objects like dinnerware, however these DIY floating nook cabinets turned out to be very sturdy. I’ve little question they’ll maintain no matter I have to retailer on them.
Right here’s how my first shelf turned out…
Clearly, it nonetheless must be primed and painted, however I’ll wait and try this in any case 4 cabinets are constructed. The cabinets and higher wall will all be painted the identical white, so I’ll simply do all of it on the similar time.
DIY Floating Nook Cabinets Step-By-Step:
1. Measure and reduce help piece for one facet.
I began on the facet wall because it has help on every finish (i.e., the cupboard and the wall) and can be the simplest to construct. I measured the width for the shelf…
…after which I lower a bit of 1″ x 2″ lumber that very same width. I had marked the placement of the studs on the wall, so I transferred those self same marks to this piece of lumber.
2. Reduce center shelf help items and fasten to again help.
Subsequent I lower three items of two″ x 2″ lumber, lower to 10.5 inches, and spaced them comparatively evenly on the 1″ x 2″ board, avoiding the areas have been I marked for studs. Then I connected these to the 1″ x 2″ board utilizing wooden glue and two 2.5-inch screws per piece screwed by means of the 1″ x 2″ board and into the ends of the two″ x 2″ items.
3. Connect meeting to the wall, and fasten entrance body piece.
With that assembled, I connected it to the wall utilizing 3-inch screws the place I had marked for studs. I used little scraps of 1/2-inch plywood as spacers between the tile and the 1 x 2 to permit room for the plywood that may be connected in a later step.
I additionally lower two extra items of 1″ x 2″ lumber, lower to 10.5 inches, and connected one on to the wall on the left facet and the opposite on to the cupboard on the fitting facet.
Then I lower one other piece of 1″ x 2″ lumber to the width of the shelf and connected it to the entrance of the framework utilizing wooden glue and 1.5-inch 16-gauge nails.
4. Construct one other body to create L-shaped shelf.
Subsequent, I constructed the framework for the opposite wall in the identical method and connected it to the wall the place I had marked for studs…
And simply as I had added the top 1″ x 2″ items on the primary shelf, I added an finish 1″ x 2″ piece for this shelf as effectively, attaching it on to the entrance of that facet shelf framework.
Subsequent, I lower and connected the entrance 1″ x 2″ piece in the identical method as I did for the facet shelf.
Within the image above, you’ll discover two issues. First, I don’t have a framework piece on the very finish by the window. I couldn’t place one there due to the placement of the stud, however I wasn’t frightened about that as a result of the trim piece that I’d be attaching later would act as the top help piece as effectively.
And second, you’ll discover that I additionally beefed up the help on this finish. Not solely did I add two extra screws into that finish stud, however I additionally added two extra pocket screws holding that finish 2″ x 2″ piece firmly to the again 1″ x 2″ piece. In order that finish 2″ x 2″ piece not solely has the 2 authentic screws holding it on, however it additionally has two pocket screws that I connected after the bracket had been connected to the wall. I simply needed this finish to have as a lot help as doable.
5. Reduce 1/2-inch plywood to cowl the body of the floating shelf on prime and backside.
Subsequent, I used my amazingly useful Kreg circular saw rip cut guide to tear some 1/2-inch plywood to suit on prime and on backside of the shelf, which I connected with wooden glue and 1.5-inch 16-gauge nails.
After which I repeated that course of on the facet shelf.
Right here’s a peek on the underside of the shelf. I had talked about earlier that I used little scrap items of 1/2-inch plywood as spacers above the tile, and now you possibly can see why. This plywood match completely between the tile and the underside of the shelf bracket.
6. Connect trim items to the perimeters of the DIY floating nook cabinets.
And the final step of this construct was so as to add trim items across the facet and entrance edges of the shelf. I mitered the skin nook, which you’ll be able to see under, however I didn’t trouble mitering that inside nook the place the cabinets meet. Nobody will discover on the completed shelf that that’s a butt joint. 🙂
7. Add the ending touches — wooden filler, sanding, priming, and portray.
With the construct achieved, I began loading up the entire nail holes and cracks with wooden filler. And in case you’re questioning, that is the wooden filler I exploit now…
I found this after I was engaged on my entrance porch steps and I wanted one thing actually sturdy to fill nail and screw holes. My expertise with utilizing common wooden filler exterior hadn’t been good (despite the fact that it was labeled inside/exterior), so I went trying to find one thing new. This one isn’t water-soluble, and it smells strongly of acetone (assume nail polish remover), however it’s extremely sturdy and simply as simple to make use of because the common water-soluble type. It’s the one type I’ll use exterior any further, and I’ve additionally began utilizing it on my indoor initiatives. The label is the other way up, and also you’re speculated to retailer it the other way up, which appears unusual, however each time I’ve forgotten to try this, the wooden filler is dried out the following time I open it up to make use of it.
Anyway, I exploit wooden filler very liberally, and I actually loaded up that crack the place the 2 items of plywood meet on the highest and backside of the shelf. I needed these to just about disappear after it was sanded.
So after numerous wooden filling, sanding, after which caulking the place the shelf meets the wall, cupboard and window trim, it was completed and prepared for primer and paint.
I nonetheless can’t recover from how sturdy this DIY floating nook shelf is! I’ll be capable to confidently put absolutely anything I would like up there with no points in any respect…and no brackets wanted.
In order that’s one DIY floating nook shelf down, and simply three extra to go. 🙂
EDIT: Right here’s how the cabinets turned out after caulking, priming and portray…
My pantry is completed! Wish to see your entire challenge from begin to end? You’ll find each single submit in regards to the pantry construct proper right here…
Or you possibly can skip to the top and see the way it turned out. Right here’s a peek of the completed pantry…
You possibly can see extra photos on the earlier than and after submit proper right here…
Addicted 2 Adorning is the place I share my DIY and adorning journey as I rework and adorn the 1948 fixer higher that my husband, Matt, and I purchased in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do bodily work, so I do nearly all of the work on the home on my own. You can learn more about me here.