DIY Floating Shelves

Our living room needed a change, it seemed dark, small, and so much wasted space. So, we decided to give our living room a make over with floating shelves! My husband’s taste is very modern and industrial, mine is very farmhouse/ traditional. So industrial farmhouse it is!
How to make your own floating shelves:

Supplies: (To make 3 floating shelves)


  • 6 Floor Flanges (3/4″)
  • 6¬†Caps (3/4″)
  • 6 Pipes (10″ long, 3/4″ round)
  • Rust-Oleum Spray Paint (Hammered Black)
  • Drywall anchors and screws (ours are 50lbs)
  • 3 boards cut to desired length (can get them cut for free at your local hardware store)
  • Minwax Wood Stain (Fruitwood is what we used)
  • Level
  • Screwdriver
  • Mask
  • Gloves


  1. You’re going to want to spray paint all of the piping. Allow a couple of hours to dry and apply a second coat (spray what was missed the first time). Allow 24 hours to dry completely and assemble

IMG_40052. Stain your wood and allow time to dry completely before applying second coat/ fully dry. As hot as it is in Phoenix we were able to let it dry for only a few hours before being able to apply a second coat.  Make sure you use an old rag and apply stain in the same direction of the wood grain.
3. Once your boards are completely dry from the stain, we applied a spray-on Polyurethane to help protect the boards and give them that subtle shine. Allow time to dry completely.IMG_4041
4. Tape/Measure. We used painters tape, cut to the exact length of the boards to decide where we wanted these shelves to go on the wall. Helps give that visual without making any permanent decisions. Then measure, measure, measure! Wall anchors are no joke, you don’t want to make a mistake and have to patch your wall in the process. Use your level (laser level if possible)!

5. Assemble the pipes and anchor into the wall.
IMG_40236. Place the board on top of the pipes and ta-da!


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