The new year is officially here and I am getting stuff done! While I did spend New Year’s Eve on the couch (due to a nasty cold), I have since spent time with friends and family, helped take down my grandmother’s Christmas decorations, started on several of my resolutions for this year, visited a super cool museum exhibition (more on that tomorrow!), taken photos for this week’s Thrift Style Thursday 2015 debut, AND built a T.V. shelf for my room. Not too shabby, if I may say so myself. ;)
Thankfully, I finally got over that dreadful cold just in time to get stuff done before getting back to work and my usual routine today; so, let’s get to the fun! I have been working on my room for several months, slowly adding and improving, trying to maximize my work space. For this latest project, I decided to upcycle a cutting board (which I had previously repurposed for the top of a side table) into a shelf for my T.V.
I decided to add a T.V. shelf to my table because I am trying to reconfigure my space by minimizing the furniture, and hopefully the clutter, in my room, and just make everything more organized in general. In case you want to try this at home, here’s a quick tutorial of what I did.
First, the supplies:
- large, sturdy piece of wood for the shelf (I am repurposing a cutting board)
- four legs (these are from IKEA, but any legs will do)
- small wood screws
- small drill bit
- pen or pencil
Here is where you can really get creative by choosing virtually any combination of wood and legs to create your own customized shelf. I love the natural wood because it matches the table in my room, but you can really go wild with this project. Paint your shelf, paint the legs, throw glitter on it, add stickers, cover it in pretty scrapbook paper, do whatever makes your heart flutter! Think of it as a blank canvas, and make it yours!
To start out, align the legs on the underside of the shelf, positioning them in the four corners of the piece of wood. Then, take a pen or pencil and mark the holes where the screws will go. Because of the carving on the underside of my cutting board, I was only able to use three of the four holes for each leg, but it worked just as well.
Once the holes are marked, remove the legs and use a drill and a small drill bit to create pilot holes which will help guide the screws into the wood. Try to keep the pilot holes centered and make sure not to drill through to the other side of the wood!
The pilot holes will make sure that the screws go smoothly into the wood and that the wood does not crack or split. Once the pilot holes are drilled, simply screw the legs into place, making sure they are tightly secured.
Okay, that picture is mostly to show off my pretty drill that I bought myself for Christmas with my “Santa money.” I am pretty much obsessed with my new drill and I cannot wait to find more projects to use it! ;)
Here is my pretty new shelf, all ready for my TV and electronics – yippee! I made sure to get adjustable legs from IKEA so that I could raise the shelf up enough to fit both my blu-ray player and VCR stacked up underneath. (Yes, I still own a VCR and VHS tapes.) Check it out:
I am super pleased with my newly repurposed shelf. I love that I have room for my various media players under and more room on top for other accessories like my TV’s iPod player. I’m even thinking that I might be able to add some kind of media charging station for some of my other tech items, like my camera battery charger and more!
Before I nerd-out completely and bore you all (because, trust me, I could go on), what could you use an extra shelf for in your room? How would you make it your own??
As always, thanks for reading!