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One of the more difficult parts of renovating is living among unfinished spaces the majority of the time. And for a gal that works from home, a less-than-finished office can sometimes lead to a less-than-inspired workday. So, last week, Ken and I decided to fast track our office plans and finally make the space a priority. We’ll have much more to share in the coming weeks, but for now, we can’t wait to show you the insanely modern DIY shelf we recently finished building:

Building A DIY Modern Shelf - Erin Loechner

Grab a friend, and get to work!

As an art collector, I have more art than I know what to do with. Rather than investing thousands of dollars in permanent framing, I wanted a statement shelf where I could switch out a few of my favorite pieces periodically. I envisioned something modern, slim and seamless. And like he often does, Ken knew exactly how to create my dream piece.

Building A DIY Modern Shelf - Erin Loechner

Busting out the level...

One of the key components of our DIY shelf is the lack of bracket support. We wanted the shelf to appear as a floating mantle, so brackets were definitely not an option. Yet we wanted the piece to be sturdy in case we chose to display art / design books in the future.

Building A DIY Modern Shelf - Erin Loechner

Top brackets are hidden by artwork!

Enter a genius solution: we installed brackets on the top of the shelf, rather than the bottom. The art pieces cover the brackets completely, and our shelf appears as if it’s floating seamlessly! We also opted to build a slim lip for the shelf to keep our prints and paintings from going over the edge.

Building A DIY Modern Shelf - Erin Loechner

A modular lip prevents lightweight prints from tumbling away!

Ready to see the big reveal?

Building A DIY Modern Shelf - Erin Loechner

Introducing... an inspiring office wall!

We love the look, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve glanced up at our new shelf and smiled. There’s something to be said for surrounding yourself with things you love, and it was a dream to take my favorite pieces out of storage and onto the wall!

What do you think, friends? Who wants to come work in our office?

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Accessories, Art, Handmade

26 Responses

  1. erin loechner says:

    Hi LeahO –

    We made it ourselves with plywood, wood scraps and some heavy batting! :) Easiest project ever!

  2. Allan says:

    How is the lip modular? How did you affix it to the main piece? What type of hardware and plywood did you use and what was the weight capacity?

  3. Kat Hill says:

    Love the idea! However, can you think of an easy way to earthquake-proof something like this? I guess I mean keeping the art up there during an earthquake, as I imagine the shelf itself would remain stuck to the wall.

    Thanks!

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