Friday, February 28, 2014

Suspended Shelf


I collect things I like. It is weird, because I am extremely organized and a "thrower outer" by nature; but, if I see something I know can become useful, I take it. This was the case with this large piece of oak. I wanted it and I knew I wanted to use it as a shelf, but didn't know quite how I wanted it yet. So, there it sat sitting in my workshop when one day, Lucas looks at a large tow chain and says, "why don't we hang it with this?!" I liked that immediately. Originally, I wanted to suspend it on both sides. However, I didn't want to cut the chain, so we settled on utilizing the entire chain and suspending it from the wall.  This was so easy to do!  Okay, I didn't actually install it... Lucas completed it while I was at work. A HUGE thank you to Lucas for doing the work and making it so easy, but next time, take some pictures!!! (just kidding - sort of) Seriously, though, I am so blessed to have a man that gets so excited about my projects!

Here is what you need:

A sturdy, heavy duty piece of wood (or anything else you want as a shelf)

Piece of chain (you can by the new stuff and spray paint it!)

2 wood screws

2 washers (make sure they are large enough to cover your chain link)

A hook that will hold the weight

Drill Gun

Lucas 

I am so sorry for the lack of pictures, but it is easy enough to walk you through it, I hope!

Step One: 
Measure the halfway point (lengthwise) an inch or two from the end and mark it. Repeat on the other side. 

Step Two: 
Use a drill bit to create the holes for your screws. The drill bit size will depend on the size of your screw. 

Step Three:
Set the chain up how you want it. Lucas did about 4 links in. Drill your screw and washer in. 

It should look like this: 



Step Four: 
Repeat on the other side. 

We had a tow hook on the other side, so I just incorporated it by hanging it off the edge: 



Have fun with your chain, there are so many options!

Step Five: 
Using your drill bit again, drill a hole in the wall where you want it hung and screw in your hook. We were originally going to suspend from the ceiling, but opted against it because it caused the shelf to sway. 


The length of the chain was longer than we had anticipated, so we just looped it at the top. 


Voila! You now have a suspended shelf! And yes, I changed the styling as I am still playing with how I want it permanently. I think I will do a cross between the two styles, but here is what I have now:



It is so nice to have a little more done in our living area. I have so much more work to do, but I am absolutely in love with this addition! Thank you again my sweet Lucas for surprising me with a completed project!!!!! Hope you all are having a great day!

Squeeze - Liz

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