Continuing with my hallway makeover! I started by painting thick stripes on the wall. I knew I wanted to still have some pictures up, so I scanned pinterest for ideas.
Between the hallway wall and the door frames, it is pretty narrow. This made shelves out of the question. Then, I came across picture frame ledges on pinterest, and thought they might work. There were many posts on these, with the ledges ranging from 1 foot to 8 feet. My wall is just over 3 feet, so that is what I went with. Also, knowing how narrow my area was, I adjusted the size of wood I bought.
I ended up getting 4 pieces of 1×3, cut down to 36″ and 2 1×2 cut down to 36″ inches. Also, if you really want to annoy the workers at the Cedar Falls Menards, ask them to cut it down. The wood I got was 6 feet long, I figured getting it cut in half would be easy. The first guy I asked said, “I dunno, you’ll have to find someone else” Thanks.
The second guy said, “I guess I can, but I need a saw”. No shit, Sherlock. He did find a handsaw. And proceeded to cut it on top of a counter with it moving all over. I was thinking about what I was going to do when he sliced his hand off, as his co-worker was laughing and telling him he was dumb for using a handsaw.
Then he told me he had to charge me $2 ($1/piece). After he cut it. Lowe’s and Home Depot do it for free, for the record.
Anyway…back at home.
I used wood glue to piece the shelves together. Once that dried, I used finishing nails to hold it secure (why yes, I did just learn what finishing nails are). Then, I sanded it down. I used a white paint/primer in one spray, and did a couple of coats. I attached it to the wall with anchors and screws.
I am not 100% sold on how it is currently arranged, but it is easy to move around. I had a lovely friend even draw a picture of how to arrange it, but I still need a few things to complete that look.
Originally, I had wanted a canvas on each shelf, but it looked a bit full. What look are you liking the best? Do you think I should paint some of the frames a different color or leave them white?
Here is the hallway progress so far: