Monday, May 3, 2010

Hanging Our Cafe Shelves

I'm awful at getting the placement of things on walls right. Things are forever too high, or covering the 10-12 attempts it took me to get the placement right.

I'm trying to get better at that.... a few months ago, when planning the wall above my bookcase, I played with paper to get the right arrangement and it worked.

So when it came time to hang the Ballard Inspired Café Shelves, I was nervous. They are 7 feet long with 3 brackets and I pictured it going all kinds of awful. Here is how we ensured the perfect placement:

  • 1st we put a piece of tape across the back of the shelves over the brackets and marked exactly where the mounting pieces where.
  • Then we moved the tape, up to the wall and made sure it was perfectly level.

  • We put the anchors in, right through the tape and then remove the tape.
  • All that was left to do, was hang the shelves.

And - I can't say how proud of I am of these shelves. They would have cost well over $250 retail and we wouldn't have gotten exactly what we wanted. Instead, I made them, with mostly reclaimed materials for around $50!!!

Now, to accessorize them! Oh what fun!

If you missed the full tutorial on how to make these shelves, you can check it out here.

Edited to add:


  1. Brilliant! Using the tape to help hang the shelves is a great idea!!! I always always hang things wrong the first time. :-)

  2. I love using tape too... perfect for picture frames too.


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