On Tuesday, I showed you my boys’ room, and the great little collector’s shelves my father-in-law made for the boys.
He made them for me because I have always loved the ones in the Pottery Barn Kids magazines.
Well, I was wanting one for Eli’s room too, so that’s how I got the idea for my Gorilla Glue project.
Now girls, I am always thinking about you! (‘Cause I could just let my husband make it.) But I’m really hoping that this might be a project that you could do too!
So this is what I keep in mind when planning a project…
“How can I make this in a way that anybody could do it too?”
And “How can I make this inexpensively?”
Well, I think this project is both EASY and THRIFTY.
Here are the supplies you need:
* 2 – one inch by three feet pieces
*1 – one 4 inch by three feet piece
*2 – two wooden plaques
I got all of these supplies at Hobby Lobby.
They were originally $15.00 all together, but they are 50% off this week, so that’s only $7.50!
I bought a bottle of Gorilla Glue Epoxy and used my 40% off coupon, so it only cost about $3.50.
(I totally stole this picture of Gorilla Glue from The Shanty Sisters because I forgot to take a picture of mine! Hope that’s alright ladies!)
I bought some “d” rings at Lowes for about $2.00 to use to hang the shelf.
And I had white paint at home, so that was free. But you could spend a couple of dollars on a can of spray paint, and have about $15.00 in this whole project!!!
Not bad considering that the 3 foot long collector shelf from Pottery Barn costs $59.oo! (plus shipping!)
First of all, I took the 4 inch wide piece (which would be the base of my shelf) to draw a line where I wanted to cut the plaque.
Then I used that same piece to draw a line where I wanted to cut off the bottom of the plaque.
I used a miter saw to cut on my lines, but you could use a regular blade saw for this part.
Then I laid the cut piece on top of the other piece to draw the line where I wanted to cut. I wanted to make sure they were exactly the same length.
Then I used my Gorilla Glue Epoxy to glue my 4 inch base piece to both sides of the cut plaques.
I measured one inch from the base and glued my first one inch piece.
As you can see, I had to use my nail gun to hold the pieces in place. The Gorilla Glue bottle said to hold the pieces together with a clamp and let it sit. But I couldn’t figure out how to clamp two pieces that formed a 90 degree angle!
So the staples were my solution, and it worked for me.
I added one more rail by using the Gorilla Glue.
The rails seemed a little “flimsy” to me, so I need a little piece in the middle to support it.
I paid $1.52 for a one foot piece of 1 x 4 poplar at Home Depot. One of the workers at Home Depot even cut one piece 4 inches long (which is the width of the base of the shelf) to save me a step at home!
For the sake of time, I just used my nail gun to attach this piece, but I could have used the Gorilla Glue too.
Then I painted it white.
I attached the D rings that I got at Lowes.
And it was ready to hang in my sweet Eli’s room!
I put it right under the window by our rocking chair.
Perfect for reading some books at bedtime!
I love that the shelf is wide enough to stick stuffed animals in it too!
I absolutely LOVE it! It is exactly what I wanted.
And guess who else loves it?
How cute is that?
The perfect height for my little man!
I have been wanting to do this project for-eva!
And now I can check it off my “to do” list.
I am headed over there now to see what other amazing projects have been done with Gorilla Glue…
Come join me!