With my husbands help (I’m learning how to use the saws, or better, not have an unhealthy/unrealistic fear of using them) I made my own triangle shelf! It’s fairly easy and such a fun piece to have in the house!
We haven’t mounted it to the wall yet, it’s a little heavy and we’d need to find the right place and stud. So for now it is gracing my mantle! But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.
Go to Lowes and pick out your choice of wood. There are different types at different prices, so you get a choice. I wanted our shelf to have 2 foot sides with a small shelf in the center, so we needed about 7 feet of wood.
Next you’ll set your miter saw to a 30 degree angle and cut on your mark. When you go to cut the other side of the wood, do not flip it over, rather, turn it clockwise and cut. Like a mountain peak / \ . The same with your center shelf. The edges DO come together. We had a freakout moment where we thought we cut it wrong, but the angles line up like so.. Might be common sense, but just in case you tend to freak out (or just have a high project screw up record like I do) there’s the idea of it!
So, then I sanded lightly with high grit sand paper and stained half of it with Rust-Oleum Wood Stain in Willow for a nice light look. Now here is where i would tell you to NOT do what I did. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use the Rust-Oleum Hammered Copper I had or wait for the Rust-Oleum Metallic Copper that was coming in the mail. When it comes to projects, I’m impatient, so I just used what i had! But– I had already nailed the triangle together, so I made painting way more difficult then it needed to be.
Oh well. Another thing that came up was that the paint wouldn’t stick to some parts of the wood and I couldn’t figure out why! My husband said it has something to do with raw edges and that I needed to put spackle on those parts then paint over it. I did and it worked :)
For contrast. The horn on the mantle is sprayed with the Rust-Oleum Metallic Copper. Like I said in the last post, like old penny and new penny.
I love this shelf because you could adjust the height and width to anything! Smaller would obviously be easier to hang around the house. Spray paint or stain in any and all colors too. How fun! I’m sure some more will be popping up in my house as I start decorating the other rooms… Have a great day everyone!
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Shannon Churchill says
Love your spin on the triangle shelf! So awesome; great work!
Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness says
This is SO cool!! I love the idea of a unique shaped shelf, it adds a lot of character to a wall!! I have a slight fear (and definite lack of knowledge..) on saws, too! We don’t even own one…maybe that’s why? :)
the cape on the corner says
that is a great idea!
Sarah @ 2paws Designs says
What a fun shelf! I like the two tone coloring.
Colleen Pastoor says
This looks great! I love your style… a lot :)
I love this project! I want one! And a high five to you for using a scary saw!! Thanks so much for pinning to the P3 Party Board! You are being featured on my blog & social media tomorrow!
how did you figure out the measurement of your center shelf? Inside the triangle ?
Petite Modern Life says
Hi Shea, I cut my shelf almost at random, but with the same angles as the triangle, it just slid into place! So you could do a longer cut to have it fall a little lower.