I’ve been in a creative, and interior decorating, mood for a while now. One reason I enjoy decorating my home is that it almost always involves projects, and with all the rain, it has been the perfect crafting weather. I find rain very inspirational and two of my favorite ways to enjoy rain are rain walk, and snuggling up inside with a book or a project. Often I go for a rain walk to get my inspiration and then begin crafting. However, with quick summer showers we’ve been having, I have to act fast, so often I skip right to crafting.
When setting up my projects, I like to continue the rainy vibes by pretending it is cold outside and making a kettle of tea. Then I slip into some comfortable “grubbies” as I am known to call them. “Grubbies” being my old, oversized, t-shirts, and gym shorts or leggings, or anything unattractive that you feel comfortable in. “Grubbies” are my favorite for days in and projects.
Now that it is nearing fall, I’m getting a burst of creativity all over again. In a recent project, I made my own floating shelves and wood stain. The blank wall in my dining room was starving for attention, and I had long ago made up my mind that floating shelves were the answer for this lonely wall. However, I had not been able to find a set of floating shelves for less then $40, and I could not justify that. That’s when I decided to make my own.
So on a nice rainy day, I settled into my grubbies and got to work.
The first step is gathering materials. Here is my list of everything you will need:
- 5” X 5.5” X 48” S4S Poplar Board
- 4 Anchor brackets
- Power drill (or screwdriver)
- White vinegar
- 4 bags of black tea
- Rusty metal (I used bottle caps)
- Mason jar or old bottle
- Mod Podge
- Large paintbrush
I was able to purchase all the materials I needed for less then $15.
I recommend getting your wood at Home Depot because they offer free woodcutting services. (I think Lowes does as well). Also, if you do not own a sander or sandpaper, spend a little extra to buy the pre-sanded wood. This will ensure a smooth and shiny final product. Finally, you can purchase your anchor brackets at Home Depot as well.
The next step is to begin making your wood stain. There are many shades of wood stains that you can make and you will need different ingredients depending on the color you wish to stain your wood. I decided on a dark, vintage, gray.
Instructions for Vintage Gray Wood Stain:
- Add about 1 cup of white vinegar to a mason jar
- Steep 4 bags of black tea. Allow vinegar and tea to sit for longer then you would regular tea since the vinegar is only room temperature.
- Remove teabags once the mixture looks concentrated. Add more tea bags if necessary.
- Add rusty bits of metal to mixture. Rusty bottle caps and coins work well.
- Seal the jar and allow mixture to sit for at least 24 hours. The longer the mixture sits, the darker it will become. You should let it sit accordingly.
- Use a large paintbrush to evenly coat all 4 sides of both boards and allow drying for several hours. You can add a second coat if needed, but I did not.
- Also note that wood stain darkens as it dries on the wood. When I first applied the stain I did not believe it had worked, but by the time the stain dried it was a beautiful rich color.
- Once the stain is dry, use your paintbrush to evenly coat all 4 sides of both boards in Mod Podge. This will give your wood its glossy finish look. Let dry for several hours.
Finally, you are ready to use the anchors to hang your shelves. I made two shelves of the same length, but of course, you can make any size and arrangement of shelves you wish. Then you can decorate them, adding your own tasteful homey trinkets, books, plants, and photos. Use the shelves to reflect your personality. Remember to use different heights, shapes, and textures for best results.
Now you have a beautiful new focal point you can be proud of!
Comment below one of your favorite DYI projects you have done and a least one way that you find your inspiration.