While we used this DIY technique to make a large, custom mantle, you could do the same with smaller crown moulding pieces for shelves. (That would work especially well if you have leftover moulding from another project!)
I randomly found this ginormous piece of crown moulding at a vintage market and snapped it up with the thought of turning it into a custom mantle to put above our TV – an embarrassingly empty spot in our house.
This project does require some more advanced skills when it comes to using a saw – which is why I enlisted my husband to help. And by enlisted, I mean he didn’t really have a choice. Thankfully, he caught my vision for this one – otherwise we’d still have that ginormous piece of crown moulding taking up space in our garage!
First, we cut the moulding – using a miter saw – to our preferred length – 7 feet. Our moulding is made of foam, but is really strong and we could treat it like wood.
Next (this is the hard part), Jason used a jig saw to cut pieces of wood for the sides that matched the pattern on the front of the moulding.
We then patched those pieces together with some wood glue, nails and spackle.
Once that was all together, we painted the pieces that include a pine board for the actual shelf part.
When they were dry, Jason affixed the pine shelf to the moulding.
We put it in place using three L brackets and then I got to work putting decorative pieces on top.
It really fills in that formerly-awkward empty space quite nicely!
Michelle Fortin and her husband, Jason blog about their DIY home improvement adventures on their site, Making Our Dream. That’s where you’ll also hear more about her life as a part-time SAHM to Kenton (born 5/2011) and baby #2 – due to arrive in October 2012. In addition to being a wife and mom, Michelle also teaches broadcast journalism at Arizona State University, is actively involved in her local MOPS group, dabbles in photography, and is a self-confessed social media addict. Currently, she lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she and Jason bought their first home in 2009. It was a foreclosure that’s needed quite a bit of work!
If Michelle looks familiar, that may be because you remember her as Michelle Frey – when she anchored the weekend newscasts on NTV a few years ago. She also taught a few classes at UNK. The years she spent in central Nebraska produced some of the best memories and dearest friends a girl could ask for – which is why she’s thrilled to be a part of the Her View From Home team.
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