Upcycled Floating Shelf

Upcycled Floating Shelf

Turn an old cutting board into a functional floating shelf. Stack books on it, make it your new plant shelf, or hang it next to your bed and make turn it into a bedside shelf. All you need are a few supplies!

What you need

Cutting board (IKEA), rope, dark wood stain, metallic copper spray paint, scissors, exacto knife, painter’s tape, sand paper, and a hook to hang the shelf from the ceiling.


Gather supplies:

Painter’s tape and ceiling hook not pictured.

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Sand down the board before applying dark walnut wood stain using cloth or rag.

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The handles were covered so I used an exacto knife to cut away the rubber covering the handles.  I then covered the wood board with painter’s tape and spray painted the hardware with metallic copper spray paint.

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Cut four pieces of rope (one for each corner) about 4 feet each. Use a simple knot to attach rope to each corner by passing the line through a loop around the corner of each handle.

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Lastly, connect the lines from all corners using simple knot and hang up by a ceiling hook.

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  1. Very nice and save space. good DIY

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