Leaning Wall Shelves Part 1: The Plan

By Pinktoesandpowertools | Progress Posts

If you are like me and have always wanted to build, but didn’t think you could, I have 3 words for you: Go see Ana.  That would be Ana of www.ana-white.com, the author of the blog Knock-Off Wood.  She’ll prove you wrong, just like she did me.  This is project #2 that I have attempted from her plans, albeit a modified version.  The first one is the closet organizer I put in my daughter’s room.  This project made me feel like I can do this building stuff.

I needed these shelves for the master bathroom because I take plant cuttings at the end of summer and last winter I promised myself I would come up with a prettier solution than what we had to look at from October until May:

Lovely, isn’t it?

When I saw Ana’s leaning shelves, I knew that would work for this space in a scaled-down version.  The problem with “regular” shelves is that these shelves would be viewed from the side–which also involved a bump-out from the two rows of tile on the wall.  Anything with a back would mean that the entire shelf would sit out from the wall and you would see that from the side.  Unacceptable in my book, but leaning shelves would solve that problem.

So I thought that two leaning shelves opposite each other would house all the cuttings for the winter and not drive me crazy at the same time.  I figured out what width would fit and modified some of the plans to make the side view the most appealing (instead of the front and back of the shelf extending the entire length of the shelf, the sides of the shelves do instead–you see those from the side so I wanted them to be full length).  I wanted a front on the shelves, because these were going to hold not-the-prettiest-plant-pots and that would help cover them up.  I also decided to not round off the tops of the side supports–mainly because I forgot to do that step.  I decided on 3 shelves and tried not to worry about how I was going to modify the side supports to fit a smaller version.  That part looked hard.

Then I drew out my cuts on the board dimensions I decided to use:

And I tried not to worry about how to modify those legs to fit a smaller version.  Can you tell I was worried about that part??

Have you ever wondered how much sanding is involved in making a furring strip look like a real board?  Stay tuned…