We live in a really nice apartment however, the bedrooms are kind of small. The master is so small, in fact, that we don’t have room for nightstands on either side of the bed. It took a couple of months to figure out what I was going to do – I needed my cell phone (alarm) and my book within reach. Just like so many other people, I turned to Pinterest to get inspired.
I decided that shelving was the way to go, and would have to be above the bed. But, the ceiling is shorter there so I needed to create height, as to not crowd the space. Below is what we came up with.
For height, we bought an inexpensive curtain rod ($20, Bed Bath and Beyond) and found sturdy gold curtains ($15, Home Goods) that matched our gray and gold motif.
For the shelves, I wanted art – something that still created that elongated effect, while being useful. Below are the materials and how to make it:
- For each frame, we needed two 24-inch and two 12-inch pine pieces about 5 1/2 inches width ($6, Home Depot)
- A white tint-based stain in slate ($19, Home Depot)
- Antique gold nail heads ($10, Joann Fabrics)
- Wall decals ($10, Target)
- 8 wood screws
- Triangular hanging plates (small joint braces with holes for screws)
- Drill with the tiniest bit
Building the Frame
- Sand out all the rough edges of each piece
- Line up your pieces with the 12-inch pieces being on the inside of the 24-inch pieces
- Mark where you want the screws to go
- Drill tiny holes to the length of the screw (not all the way through), so that the pine will not split when screwing in the wood screws
Making the Frames “Art
Stain the wood to your desired color (will take at least over night for them to dry)
Mark out pending nail head placement with a pencil, measuring 1-inch apart for each nail head.
Push in/hammer in nail heads onto each mark
Hang the shelf by inserting wall mounts for at least one of the two holes on each side of the frame, and then screwing it in (we only used one hole on each side).
Apply the decals and you’re done!