I love my desk… it’s where I type these posts, do my homework, and lazily Pinterest a lot of things, I really do mean at least a thousand pins a day. Which if you don’t follow my Pinterest, you definitely should! It’s a broad range of topics, not just DIY, and really compliments most styles! Ok done with the #shameless self promotion. On to the shelf!
My desk is awesome, and it has wall outlet styled + USB styled plugs in it, which makes it that much more awesome. The only problem is that it’s a little small sometimes, but I needed a small desk in my room anyway. I like to be able to spread out and write when I study, so having containers and other files in my way were frustrating the heck out of me. I looked into multiple shelfs, but didn’t want to spend over $20 on it, yes I am that cheap sometimes, but I did it!
SIDE NOTE – IT’S Y’ALL’S TIME TO CALL THE SHOTS, FILL OUT THE FORM ABOVE AND IT’LL TAKE YA TO A SURVEY ON WHETHER THE NEXT POST SHOULD BE THE FUR CHAIR OR HOW I PAINTED MY DESK, SO PRETTY PLEASE DO IT! IT’S ALL FOR YOU!
Here’s the idea of what I wanted, the Ikea shelves with gold brackets:
Simple, but the gold brackets add a little personality and sass to an other wise boring set up. It isn’t much, but I believe everything is in the details.
SUPPLIES FOR GOLD BRACKET SHELF:
- One sewing pin, like with the ball on the top… you’ll see!
- Hammer & screwdriver or drill
- Two brackets (Lowes had two white ones for $2 each…. easy)
- Shelf (Lowes had a plain one like this for $4! Also, make sure all screws that are supposed to come with them, are in there before checking out)
- Metallic spray paint (Sherwin Williams for this one… make sure it’s the METAL kind, not the regular paint!)
- Double sided mounting tape
STEPS FOR GOLD BRACKET SHELF:
- Spray down your brackets with the metallic gold paint, letting it dry about 20 minutes before flipping over to do the other side. While that’s going, get your sewing pin out and get ready for this next nifty trick!
- If you’re like me, the basic college girl who doesn’t have a stud finder or is too impatient to have their dad come help, you’ll need to find the studs. Here’s the easiest way I’ve found thus far:
- Once you find the studs with your pins, mark the spots lightly with a pencil
- Taking a drill, or if you’re stubborn and still impatient like I am, a screw driver works fine but is more work, start screwing in the top screw (it might help to hammer a little first, but not hard because the screw won’t hold as well if it’s just hammered down)
- Then the bottom screw, attaching the brackets as you go
- I used double side permanent mounting tape on the top of the brackets before putting the shelf down on top just to hold it definitely in place – not taking any chances here
Simple, easy and chic – works out perfectly for my little study/work space!
Do y’all also love my fur chair?! That’s a DIY in the making… I had to crop out the legs because they aren’t looking so hot hehe. But I love the open space I have now on my desk and having everything still within reach. I’ve been asked so I’ll spill – the wrapping paper is from HomeGoods and I got it on sale, so win win for all the March birthday peeps.
I have a favor to ask of y’all – hit up that form at the top of the page, and answer the survey it takes you too! It’s just to see what y’all would prefer for the next DIY… how I painted the desk, or the fur chair? Y’all’s turn to decide and run the show!
So yes very important I get as many people’s feedback since y’all are reading the content!
Lots of love,
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