Now that it has been over a year since I did my faux floating shelves without power tools, I wanted to give you an update on how they are holding up.
The faux wood floating shelves I did a little over a year ago, is my most visited post.
In the original post I shared how we built these faux floating shelves without power tools.
I thought it was a good idea to give you a little update on our faux floating shelves and how they are holding up.
If you missed the original post you can visit that here.
The space before
This was previously our small pantry in the kitchen.
The pantry had builder grade wire shelves and just was not working well as a pantry.
We decided to change this pantry and our coat closet in the adjacent laundry room into a larger pantry.
I have not shared our larger pantry yet, but will share that in another post here soon.
For now, I wanted to share how the floating shelves are holding up.
How we use the shelves
First off I wanted to talk about how we actually use these shelves.
When we decided to do this makeover on the old pantry, I knew I wanted it to be a display area of sorts.
Like building a built in bookcase type display.
I love switching out the items on the floating shelves for the seasons, but most of the time it is where I keep some of my favorite pieces.
So keep in mind that I am not taking items off of the shelves everyday, it is only ocasionally that I move things around.
Floating shelves paint
The paint on the shelves is just a flat black and it has held up really well with the exception of where the oak trim piece meets the plywood.
This area needs some touch up, only because I did not get enough paint in that specific area.
I also think I want to go back and add a coat of semi gloss paint just to give the color some depth and the ability to dust better.
Because we used plywood and flat paint it is not easy to dust.
There is one change that I plan on making and that is painting the bottom of each shelf black like the top.
You can’t see the bottom unless you are standing in a specific way, but I feel it would appear more finished.
Other than how the paint is holding up you might be wondering about the actual structure.
Update on floating shelves structure
The floating shelves are holding up so well, especially considering we did not use any tools other than hammer and nails.
The shelves have not been taken out since we put them in over a year ago.
Every few weeks I take all the decor pieces off the shelves and dust each piece as well as each shelf.
I was worried that the plywood would possibly buckel if I used anything to heavy on them.
They have not buckled in any way.
When placing items on the shelves I do try my best to balance the weight if using something heavy.
Other than that I do not worry about what I am placing on them, I feel confident they are there to stay and will not buckle.
Final thoughts on my faux floating shelves
This little DIY project has been one of my favorites.
It was budget friendly as we only purchased one sheet of plywood and used paint we had on hand.
We were able to take a space that really was not working for our family and create something that serves us well.
This update on our faux floating shelves will give you the knowledge that you do not always need power tools.
If you have a space in your home that is not serving you well, change it.
The fact that you do not have power tools should not stop you from making a space that serves you better.
If you are looking for more budget friendly DIY projects, read what I used some of the leftover plywood for here.
Looking to make curtains but don’t know how to sew, check out these curtains I made.
There are so many DIY projects you can do without power tools or other skills, you have to start somewhere, so just begin.
Till next time