Summer is in full swing and so is the heat. With that said, I can’t take the heat, therefore, we’ve chosen to not be stuck up in my mom’s bedroom installing a new ceiling. We’ll wait until it’s a bit cooler. Apparently a/c is overrated at Mom and Dad’s house. Eh Hem.
- Being super duper busy, just like the rest of us, I’m picking tiny little projects that can be done in little spurts. Peanut is napping and the big kids are involved in a heated game of Sequence- I’ll go cut some wood.
- Hubs is mowing the lawn and all of the kids are scattered around the yard chasing him- I’ll go paint something.
- Everyone is passed out from a long day of swimming- I’ll have a cup of coffee and browse Pinterest.
That’s sort of how it works On Bliss Street.
Therefore, the next room on my list, if you can call it a room, is the laundry “area.” It’s really a closet directly across from the mud room where the washer and dryer are supposed to fit behind a closet door. Well, mine never actually fit because of the dryer hose thingy that comes out of the wall. Apparently, there are a bunch of things you can buy to fix that, so I’m on that soon. Until then, I’m going to show you how you can build a simple shelf bracket so you…
A- don’t have to buy ugly metal ones.
B- Can use up some of that scrap wood you’ve been hoarding (That may just be me, but misery loves company. ) Read on.
Here is our laundry closet:
I happen to have a bunch of 1″ x 2″ scrap pieces and a couple 6′ pieces so those will be my brackets. I’m going to cut them to hold a 1″ x 12″ board for the shelf- Again, I happen to have a 6′ one tucked in the back of my lumber. Handy.
Supply list for 4 brackets to hold a 1″ x 12″ board.
2- 1″ x 2″ x 6′ boards- or scrap pieces that are no less than 9″ long.
1- 1″ x 12″ x 6′ board for shelf
Kreg Jig and 1 1/2″ screws
3″ screws to install into studs
Miter saw- you could get away with using a miter box if you’re really careful.
Cut your pieces straight pieces- 8- 9″ pieces
Cut your 4- 8″ pieces on a 45 degree angle alternating on each side. This is how I do it-
- Cut one end off at a 45 degree angle with the 1″ side of the board touching the deck of your saw.
- Now flip your board by lifting the fresh cut end up and rotate it from 3 o’clock to 9 o’clock. Now the end that needs to be cut is next to the saw.
- Measure 8″ from the long end of the fresh cut side and mark. That is where you will cut the new side.
Now you have all of your boards cut-
Now for a little decorative touch, pick 4 of your straight cut 9″ boards and set your saw to 25 degrees.
Trim off one end at 25 degrees. This will give a nice finished angle on the bottom bracket piece. Omit this step if you want to be boring.
Using your adorable little Kreg Jig- you are going to pocket holes into one end of the 4 remaining straight boards.
Attach 1 of the boards with the pocket hole to one of your decorative angled boards creating a right angle.
Apply wood glue to the 2 angled ends of one of the 8″ pieces.
Place the board between the right angle boards where the ends meet flush with the right angle.
Drill pilot holes on both sides for the screws that will hold the center board in place. You don’t want to split the wood.
Attach the board using 1 1/2″ screws.
Give all of your brackets a nice sanding and fill holes if you want to while the glue dries.
Drill pilot holes where you will be attaching to the studs in the wall.
Now, I decided that I wanted to paint them all white to make them really pop on the gray wall.
Use a stud finder to mark the studs in the wall or use heavy duty dry-wall anchors. I mounted 3 of mine into studs, but the last was an anchor because of the ugly hose box behind the washer.
Once they are on the wall you can install the shelf by just screwing some 1 1/2″ screws from the bottom through the brackets and into the shelf board. The next time I paint something white, I’ll paint over those screws, until then, just ignore them
My board was stained with Minwax Provincial and is super strong, simple and perfect to hold those little laundry odds and ends.
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