Creating DIY Shelving And Styling Them

Shelves Living Room

Recently I seem to have had a huge push on smaller DIY projects. I think because I’ve been in my flat for four and a half years’ now I want to change and add things, and make it even more my own. The latest thing I’ve wanted to do is add some shelves into certain areas of my flat. Firstly it started with needing a shelf created in my spare bedroom for my crazy Pop Vinyl collection which is getting out of control now. They were balancing in a crazy pile on the back of the sofa bed in my spare bedroom (see the image here). My issue was all the shelves which were long enough for what I wanted were super deep and I didn’t want it to stick out far from the wall/ be much deeper than the Pop Vinyl boxes. When I realized this I knew it was going to have to be a DIY project.

When I thought this I knew if I wanted any more shelving done I might as well do it at the same time for ease so I decided I was going to create a similar shelf in my bedroom to sit on the wall above my bed and then three smaller shelves to line the wall above where my TV currently lives in my living room as the space was looking a bit bare. After some searching online and trips to B&Q/ Wickes I knew they were all pretty much going to need to be made from scratch which is where my dad came in, DIY isn’t my strongest point, I’m more of an ideas person.

Shelves Living Room 3

I didn’t mind cutting down the length of wood for shelves but I didn’t want to be shaving some of the depth off as it’s hard to be totally straight for longer lengths and I didn’t want them to look messy so I chose one piece of wood just under 15cm deep for my Pop Vinyl shelves and some 12cm deep for the other areas. Lengths would have to be cut down but that’s an easier job. Next up was the colour of the shelves as I didn’t want wood, and black coloured wood just doesn’t really seem to be a thing so we bought some black wood paint and once they were cut to the right sizes the wood was painted black. Anyone who knows me will know blacks my fav!

Shelves Bedroom

Next step was the brackets, as the ones in both bedrooms were going to be quite long (about 1-1.2m) I was going to need three for each of these and then another six for each end of the other shelves in my living room. Now brackets aren’t the nicest looking things and can sometimes look a bit bulky so I knew I needed to choose the colour carefully so I bought some spray paints to make the living room ones a copper/ rose gold as I knew that was the theme, gold for my bedroom one as that was the theme there and then a matte black in my spare bedroom.

Once this was done it was just a case of attaching them onto the wall and styling the shelves as I wanted (excluding the Pop Vinyl one) which of course was my favourite part and to be honest I bought most of the items before the wood. As you can see I have kept to a gold theme in my bedroom and a rose gold/ copper theme in my living room (links for all the products still available are below).

Bedroom Trinket Dish/ Double Photo Frame / Small Gold Frame / Daisy in a Bottle
Living Room Star tealight holder / Moon ornamentSmall Rose Frame / Rose Gold Candle / Fake plant / Geo photo holder / 

February 27, 2017
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33 Comments

  • Reply Jenni Grainger

    These look fab, I love the rose gold accessories x

    February 27, 2017 at 10:22 pm
  • Reply Annie Bean

    You have just reminded me how I have some shelves I need to put up in the lounge! Love that these look that little bit different.

    February 28, 2017 at 6:55 am
  • Reply shoshana sue

    I am planning to do some shelving and this has quite given me a boost of confidence to do it 🙂 You id a great job

    February 28, 2017 at 8:52 am
  • Reply Kacie Morgan

    How clever that you manage to make these shelves all by yourself – they look really cool!

    February 28, 2017 at 9:46 am
  • Reply Natasha Mairs

    these are really great. I also love the colour of the brackets you used

    February 28, 2017 at 11:54 am
  • Reply Rachael Phillips

    great work, love the contrast of the black against he pink and white too. also love the copper – my favourite!

    February 28, 2017 at 2:30 pm
  • Reply CouponDivaAndi

    Very pretty – and it looks SO easy to do!

    February 28, 2017 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Joanna

    Very lovely they look easy to do I’d love to have shelves like these up on some of our walls

    February 28, 2017 at 6:22 pm
  • Reply Elodie

    Love these! I’m such a big fan of DIY, I can barely go to the hardware store or I’ll come back with supplies for 10 different projects! Ha!

    February 28, 2017 at 8:21 pm
  • Reply Ana De Jesus

    Well done your shelves look amazing and I am loving the rose gold/copper additions, especially the crescent moon!

    February 28, 2017 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Hayley

    Your shelves look great, I love a good ‘shelfie’!

    February 28, 2017 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply Sarah Louise

    Amazing! We just put up a few shelves. Of course they don’t look as fantastic as these do. I literally love your wallpaper too!

    February 28, 2017 at 9:12 pm
  • Reply Baby Isabella

    We love Pop Vinyls too. Great job the shelves! We’ve been inspired to do some as well x

    February 28, 2017 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply fashion-mommy

    I really want some shelves for my bedroom, am quite inspired by your diy shelves.

    February 28, 2017 at 10:21 pm
  • Reply Gemma S

    love the metallics, great way to jazz up brackets. The black is a nice contrast against the pink wallpaper.

    February 28, 2017 at 10:25 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    It’s so exciting to finally see your shelves up and styled! They look fantastic and I love the colours you have painted the brackets on both, especially the rose gold x

    February 28, 2017 at 10:47 pm
  • Reply Melanie Edjourian

    You did a great job. I love the addition of the rose gold items they really are in at the moment and look great.

    March 1, 2017 at 10:38 am
  • Reply Jodie Whitham

    Ooh this looks fab! It’s these finishing touches that make it a home. i love the rose gold items too x

    March 1, 2017 at 11:58 am
  • Reply Jemma Andrew-Adiamah

    These look amazing, I love the contrasting brackets, great job!

    March 1, 2017 at 12:14 pm
  • Reply lianne

    Well done! Shelves with frames and nic nacs on reality make a house homely! The rose gold looks lovely!

    March 1, 2017 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Meenal Ranka

    Amazing diy just loved the overall look. It looks so fab.

    March 1, 2017 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Steph

    These selves look great, I used to have more shelves in my room and could do with some more but no longer have the space

    March 1, 2017 at 7:39 pm
  • Reply Beautyqueenuk

    They look amazing Rhian, I definitely need some shelves, I have none! x

    March 1, 2017 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Melissa Zia

    Wow these look amazing! I need some shelves up as I need more storage space haha

    March 2, 2017 at 9:38 am
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    These look great! I need to do more DIY in the house this year x

    March 2, 2017 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Emma Oxley

    These looks fantastic. I love all the copper accents too – they look really stylish. Fantastic interior design.

    March 2, 2017 at 5:13 pm
  • Reply none

    Love it! Tres chic

    March 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm
  • Reply Savi and Vid

    I love the copper highlights Rhian – they’re stunning. But these shelves are such a great way to save space and store things like books etc

    March 3, 2017 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Lubka Henry

    I love simply shelving like this – it gives you some extra storage space and is a nice decoration too.

    March 3, 2017 at 6:51 pm
  • Reply Rachel Nicole

    I love how you have decorated these shelves! They look great! xo

    March 3, 2017 at 9:44 pm
  • Reply Emily Nellist

    I love shelves like these, dotted with all little trinkets. I particularly love your succulent in the copper pot!

    March 4, 2017 at 12:01 am
  • Reply Chloe Griffiths

    LOVE THIS IDEA, I brought some cheap ones from b&M for my room great for pictures and of course plants xo

    March 5, 2017 at 11:00 am
  • Reply Charli B

    Oh I loved this post, I’m actually looking to put some shelves up in my flat and this has definitely given me a little inspiration xx

    March 15, 2017 at 12:14 pm
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