DIY Spotlight

DIY Spotlight

Let’s face it gents, our wives LOVE when we build them something. So, from time to time I will post spotlight DIY projects that you can do for you and your family. If you make something, be sure to tell me about it!

I have just recently finished building shelves for my wife and thought this would be a fitting time to post my DIY for floating shelves, so that you too can make your wife some shelves

The DIY spotlight is on floating shelves today. I have always loved the look of floating shelves but never wanted to spend the money on them. Thankfully, I found a way I can make these fantastic units for my own home to display my favorite pictures and knick-knacks. I love the look of these shelves, and I’ve had several variations of them in almost every room in my home. Once I started I couldn’t stop. They just look so stylish! Here is how I did it!

Cleaning the Surface

It’s important to clean any surface before you go building on top of it. I like to make sure the entire area around where you are working is clean to start with. Get out the trusty paper towels, duster, and vacuum and get going. I wipe away dust and cobwebs with my Swiffer Duster. Then, I treat the surface with a product that kills bacteria and mold. This is especially important in bathrooms and kitchens. I suggest repainting at this stage if your wall looks like it needs it. If you had other objects hanging patch up the holes and repaint for the best-finished look.

Collecting Your Supplies

This tutorial will help you create two identical floating shelves. They will both be around 22 inches by 8 inches when you finish. You can adjust this tutorial to create different looks. I added three tiers of floating shelves at different sizes in my room. I like how it takes the floating theme throughout my house, but I could create a custom look that set each room apart. Here’s what you will need to get started!

Two ¼” x 2’ x 4’ sanded plywood project panels

Two 1” x 2” x 8” pine boards

Wood glue



Screwdriver or drill

Stud Finder


Brad nailer

Nails for your brad nailer

Edge lock painters tape

Paint Brush


Saw, or get wood cut to dimension at the home improvement store

Cut the Pieces to Size

You will need:

Four: 1” x 2” x 21”

Eight: 1” x 2” x 6.5”

Four: ¼” x 8” x 21”

Four: ¼” x 2” x 8”

Two: ¼” x 2” x 21 ⅜”

Assemble the Frame

You will use the eight smaller pieces to add strength to the frame. Create marks on the outside of each 1” x 2” x 21” piece of wood to help you attach the shorter 1” x 2” slats evenly. Then, screw the pieces together to create the frame.

Attach the Sanded Panels

Use your glue, and clamp and nail the sanded panels securely to the frame. Do not glue or nail down the area around the front 1 x 2 board. You will want to be able to remove this panel to attach your shelf to the wall. You want to leave it screwed in at this point to help you ensure everything is flush and aligned.

Once the glue is set, remove the front 1 x 2. You should still have two quarter inch panels that will cover the front edge when you put it back together.

Attaching the Shelf Your Wall

Try to find at least one stud for your shelves to attach to. The spacing of the studs in the wall may have more weight on where they are placed than you’d like. They will be much more stable attached to the studs though!

Use a screwdriver or drill with an extension attachment to drill in the first mounting screw. It’s best to choose to screw the center into the stud to help you with the next step. Next, you should use your level to make sure everything is square and perfect. Add the rest of the screws. Use extra if you only found one stud.

Hang the Second Shelf

If you want your second shelf directly above or below the first, use your level to mark the wall where your second shelf will go. Use the same method to hang the second shelf.

Replace the Front Panels

First, attach the 1 x 2 boards you removed earlier. Then, use wood glue and your brad nailer to attach the final two ¼-inch sanded panels. Be sure to clean up the glue that squeezes out from the sides with a paper towel. Wait for the glue to set.

Get Painting

Once the glue is set, tape the outsides of your new shelf with painting tape. You will just need a couple coats. Make sure the first coat dries before you apply more paint. When the paint is still tacky, remove the painter’s tape. Once the shelves dry, it’s time to decorate them with your favorite mementos. I hope you enjoy your floating shelves from this DIY spotlight as much as I do!