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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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30 Responses

  1. Clarissa says:

    Love this!!!!!

  2. madamvonsassypants says:

    What a lovely solution, especially for such a tall space!

  3. erin loechner says:

    thank you! :)

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  5. anna@HGTV says:

    This really is impressive. I hope to try it soon!

  6. Angie says:

    This looks very nice! I may use this for my daughters room for her favorite "buddies"!

  7. Robeano says:

    I have always been told that you should display art either 6 inches above the furniture or at eye level in the way the room is used; this does not look like either. I would have move the shelf to be a little lower.

    Just my 2 cents worth!

  8. betsy says:

    It looks light and airy and i'd love to duplicate it for our modern living areas. What did you use for the shelf material and is it one piece or is the lip attached separately? thanks for the help.

  9. linda says:

    I like it as well, and was also wondering about the lip and how you did that. thanks in advance for the additional info.

  10. erin loechner says:

    Hi, Linda!

    The shelf is 1"x4" premium grade pine (two 8' long pieces glued and screwed end to end with rabbet cuts). The lip is a solid 16', 5/8" thick piece of poplar trim left over from our baseboard. That trim piece was glued and finished nailed to the edge of the pine with the bottom crack wood filled before I sanded and painted.

    If you want it that long, you can talk to a lumber yard and they"ll cut both solid pieces that length so you wouldn't have to connect 2 long 1"x4" pieces together. But if you only want it 12' most any big box store will have those lengths!

    Might sound a lot more difficult than it actually is…the real pain is maneuvering 16' long pieces. :)

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