Bedroom Confessions – I have shelves!

Oops, I’m a day late with the bedroom update, but it’s worth the wait (according to me). So, by the end of my last bedroom post, my side was clear, and it was time for the shelves to go in.

I’d bought some shelf brackets that were pretty utilitarian, but I was happy with that. They came in white and an aluminium look, and because I wasn’t sure how I was going to finish the timber, I played it safe and stuck with white. I also bought some 235x19mm pine for the shelves, and got my Bunnings minions to cut it to size for me. Some advice – if you don’t have a toddler to take with you, just borrow one because it will make your day. I’m pretty sure it was the highlight of Alby’s life to see the saw in action.

Anyway, with the essential components, we got down to measuring. The only measuring tape I could find was the one my brother gave Alby for Christmas, so he insisted on helping. By insisted, I mean he did this really irritating screech sound until I asked him to hold the end. Any good blogger would have step-by-step instructions and photos to match. I’m not that blogger. Go look it up on YouTube like the rest of us.

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Instead, I managed to get the following photos. And once again, I am shaming myself by publishing these on the internet.

Yes, I'm still wearing maternity shorts. Please note they are falling down though. And yes, I'm using an antique chest of drawers as a work bench. Stop being such a Judgey McJudgerson.
Yes, I’m still wearing maternity shorts. Please note they are falling down though. And yes, I’m using an antique chest of drawers as a work bench. Stop being such a Judgey McJudgerson.
What, you can't see what I'm doing in this photo? Maybe you should get your eyes checked.
What, you can’t see what I’m doing in this photo? Maybe you should get your eyes checked.
Look, the bit above the bracket isn't all that important, I promise…
Look, the bit above the bracket isn’t all that important, I promise…

Oh dear.

But if I leave you with nothing else, at least you can use this little tip. Under any hole you’re drilling, stick a little bit of masking tape, or a sitcky note folded so it sits almost horizontal to the wall. It will catch a majority of the dust and gunk, making clean up quick and fast.

When it comes to cleaning, I need all the help I can get
When it comes to cleaning, I need all the help I can get

Anyway, after lots of measuring, I still managed to miss the studs on many occasions, but I figure if most of the screws go into the studs, we’re all good. I did actually use a level to make sure everything was in the right spot, and guess what? They are! No one was more surprised than me!

shelvesThe next job is to fill them with lovely things, without spending too much $$ (or having them fall off the wall). Oh, and I was impatient and couldn’t decide how to finish the timber, so for the time being, it’s raw. When I paint the room, I’ll figure out what I want to do with them.

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