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How to make your own coloured floating shelves

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Floating shelves are really a dream addition to any kid’s room. They take up little space yet provide plenty more to stack books, toys and the different bits and pieces that seem to collect over time.

Make floating shelves for your childs room

We decided to get creative with floating shelves, introducing colourful MDF squares to sit above each shelf, both painted using Resene testpots. We’ve also come up with three ways to hang the shelves – perfect for when the kids want to change up their bedroom. Here’s how to create your own.

You will need

Wall in Resene Softly Softly, squares & shelves: Resene Smiles, Resene Sherbert and Resene Yabbadabbadoo, vase and candle in Resene FX Metallic Solid Gold, seashell in Resene Buzz and pot in Resene Splat.

Paint MDF square yellow

Paint floating shelf yellow

Paint MDF square yellow

Step three
Hang the floating shelves according to instructions. Make sure to use a level to hang them straight. Have fun with how you hang them – whether it’s horizontal, stepped, or random. Make sure to leave enough room for the MDF squares on top of each shelf. You can always move them around when you want to change up the room.

Step four
Using the hanging strip, hang each MDF square so that it sits directly above and aligned with its corresponding shelf. It’s ready to be filled with all the kid’s paraphernalia!

Paint MDF square blue

Attach removeable sticky strip

Hang on wall

Top tip: If you get bored of the how the shelves are hanging, or even the colour palette, it’s easy to change it up. Just remove the shelves and squares, repaint using Resene testpots and hang them differently.

Styling by Leigh Stockton. Photos by Bryce Carleton. Spring/summer 2018/19

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