I cant tell you how many times I have heard the words " You are such a Martha Stewart" (haha) I just love crafting, diy, painting, sewing, and home decorating. It gives me great satisfaction to look around my house and say " I MADE THAT!"

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Ballard Design Shelves Tutorial

  I don't know about you, but I love me some YHL (aka: "Young House Love"). I seriously stalk their page daily to read their new posts and search the old ones for inspiration! :) Well, Sherry from YHL and Katie from Bower Power came up with the...
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  I was at a lost as to what to do for my project, I mean, have you ever visited Pinterest? It is inspiration overload! I will get on for just a minute to look for something, and two hours later I am still pining!!! LOL! Well I was sick this week and looking around as I laid dying on the couch ;) . I started moving things around in my head (I have decorating super powers, haha). I knew if I moved my Art Blocks to a different wall I could use that space for this...

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  Enter Shelley from house of Smiths AMAZING-NESS!!! Sick or not I had to have these shelves asap! So the next day off to Lowe's I ran, there I met Travis, my Lowe's handy helper (sorry only a mom of two little ones who watches Disney channel all morning long will get my humour), LOL.

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  Cole was very excited to be Travis' big helper. He wanted to hold Travis' hand as we walked over to the lumber.

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  There we found a 5 1/2 inch x 8 ft board for $9.16 ( and it was pre primed), SCORE!

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  Next we went over to the decorative trim section and found this case molding, 10ft for $8.80.

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  In the same section was the wooden brackets, which were 4 for $3.34.

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  Here is where the AWESOME part comes in ... Lowe's did almost all my cutting for me! I had him cut the 5 1/2 in board down to 42 inches, and 32 inches. ( Because of where my studs were on the wall I could not fit 3ft and 4ft shelves.) Next he cut my trim to 44 inches and 34 inches  and 4 pieces at 6 1/2 inch (to leave room for the miter cut) I only had to do 8 miter cuts at home, which saved me some serious time!

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  After we thanked Travis for his great costumer service we were back in the car and home in 45 mins flat for the total trip. Talk about instant gratification! Next I made the 4 miter cuts and used my brad nailer to nail it together in 20 mins, we are doing good! I found the can of stain from our kitchen cabinets and added one coat to the brackets with a foam brush. I really wanted to stain my brackets to play on the contrast from the shelves and tie into my cabinets since they are right across from them!

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  While they dried I caulked all the holes and cracks. I left it over night to dry and painted it with 2 coats in the morning. My canned tomatoes were perfect for painting blocks. Next, I found where my studs were and hung both sets of brackets, then added the white shelves on top, and shot 2 brad nails from the top into the top of the brackets. Now it was time to decorate...

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  Looking around the house I found a few things here and there and threw this together... Not bad for not buying a thing.  Can you believe I found those cute little berry branches on a tree in our yard! ;) Added a little vinyl and I was finished!

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After:

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  Cost Break Down:

5 1/2 inch 8ft board        $ 9.16

Case Molding 10ft         $ 8.80

4 wooden brackets         $ 13.36

paint and stain          already had

caulk                        already had

                        Total :  $ 31.32

  Ballard Design shelves are $89  for the 3ft, and $109  for the 4ft  both together are $198
    That is a $166.68 saving!!!

  Hope you have a great weekend, and make something GREAT!!!


Thanks for stopping by,

Jeni

21 comments:

  1. Great job Jeni! I wish I could be so inspired when I'm laying around sick! ;-)
    -Laura

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  2. Amazing, I've been looking to put shelfs in my kitchen, super inspiration!
    Carly - new follower!

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  3. okay, i will say one thing: this is gorgeous.

    okay, two things: i cannot believe you got those wooden corbels for like 3 bucks each. they cost a fortune here.

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  4. house no.2,
    Thank you so much! I am so glad you loved my shelves! They were so easy and cheap to make it was a shock to me too!

    Jeni@ Becoming Martha

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  5. I LOVE this! It's beautiful & what a great price! I found your blog from the craftomaniac party. I'm your newest follower. If you get a chance, I'd love you to stop by my blog & maybe follow along too!
    Thanks,
    Sally
    loveofhomes.blogspot.com

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  6. FAB. JOB. love the shelves, plus you decorated them up so PERFECTLY. winks, jen

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  7. These turned out great! So cute you had a little helper :)

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  8. Wow, this is really fabulous! I was thinking about doing something similar in my home--now I know how to make my own! Thank you!

    Ps--I am following you now. :) Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  9. Great job! I'm a new follower,too.

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  10. o GREAT JOB! thanks for sharing at Tell Me Tuesday! I LOVE THIS
    xoxo
    ash

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  11. What a beautiful reproduction! I think yours is just as pretty. Also, I love your blog. It inspires me to get going on my own projects.
    Vonnie in MN
    By the way, your children are absolutely adorable!

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  12. Very pretty! Love the red accents with your wall color.

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  13. They look great! I love how you decorated them too. I am a new follower:)
    www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com

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  14. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
    I've been looking for shelves to put in my dinning room (actually I have the same pin) But the budget is tight with a new house and new baby! I sent this to my husband and asked him to get to Lowes today ;)
    I'm a new but going to be avid follower :)

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  15. Amanda,
    I am so glad you were inspired by my post! :) People like you make my job so much more enjoyable! :) Way to get on it sister, I would LOVE to see your shelves when you are done! If you have a FB you please most them on Becoming Martha's Facebook page! :) Thank you!

    Jeni @Becoming Martha

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  16. The shelves look great! Thanks for posting over at Our Simple Country Life - glad I stopped by. :)

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  17. Stopping by from TT&J. Great job on the shelves! Pinning for inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

    Jenny
    www.honeysuckleonthevine.blogspot.com

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  18. Hey Jeni!! Thanks for stopping by Inspired Honey Bee. Thanks for this great tutorial - you did an amazing job and inspire me to ask for some help. I always feel so limited because I don't have a saw. Stop by my Pinterest-a-thon challenge on Monday!!! xoxox Debbie @ inspiredhoneybee.blogspot.com

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  19. Nicely done! I'm all about saving money, too :-)
    craftythriftydecoratingwifemom.wordpress.com

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  20. Thank you for linking up to our party, Show and Share #13, come back this week!

    A mommy's life... with a touch of yellow
    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

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