Friday, March 28, 2014

DIY Friday {#2} - Hanging Rope Shelves

I recently started my DIY Friday series to try to motivate myself to complete some of the hundreds of projects I have pinned.  My goal is to complete one pinterest project a month and I am happy to report that my first month has been a success.

If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw that I decided to try the hanging rope shelves I had pinned from Casa Cullen. I thought they would be perfect for the space above the toilet in our master bedroom water closet and the nautical vibe from the ropes is the perfect compliment to my beach theme. (I still need to share my finished master bathroom with you guys!)

The complete tutorial is on Casa Cullen's site, so I won't give a detailed how-to, but here's the general idea:  I cut a 1"x10" board to my desired shelf width, then drilled big holes near each corner for the rope to go through.  Then I lightly sanded, primed and painted the shelves.  I mounted a regular old hook to the wall with small plastic anchors.  Then I threaded the manila rope through the holes in my shelves, hung it on the hook, and messed with the height/angle of the shelves until it looked just right.  I cut down a hardwood floor tongue piece that we had left over from the study to slide through the rope below the top shelf to hold it in place.  I just tied knots below the bottom shelf, trimmed the excess and then frayed the edges.  I recommend making sure you are happy with how your shelves are hanging before you trim your excess rope though as it is would be very difficult to re-tie your knot with not enough rope to work with.   

The only things I needed to buy were the wood and rope, so this project only cost me about $20!

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  1. LOVE it! What a great idea! I am using a wicker basket with a lid, this is way more creative!

  2. This turned out great! Can't wait to see more of the bathroom :)
    - Lora

  3. This is such a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Makers. :)


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