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Make a floating bedside ledge that tones into your colour scheme, with our step-by-step instructions.

Build a bedside ledge in your favourite colours
Wall in Resene Tea, Shelf in Resene Cinnamon, vase in Resene Bronze. Nought stem holder and casa linen cushion cover from città. Other items stylist’s own.

You will need

*Instead of using wall fixings and 9mm screws, you can use screws that are long enough to go right through the wall-facing shelf and the bracket and into the wall. Use filler to hide the tops of the screws before you paint.

Instructions

  1. On the MDF, draw an oval that’s 40cm across at the narrowest diameter and 46cm across at the widest diameter. Rule a line through the centre, across the shorter diameter.

  2. Carefully cut out the shapes using the jigsaw. You should have two halves of an oval.

  3. Sand the edges so they are smooth and the straight edge is nice and even.

  4. Attach the brackets to the back of the shelf base with the wood screws, so they’re an even distance from each end of the shelf.

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  1. Attach the brackets to the back of the shelf base with the wood screws, so they’re an even distance from each end of the shelf.

  2. Attach the wall-facing part of the shelf to the bracket with more wood screws, so that it meets the shelf base.

  3. You are ready to paint! Use Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen in your choice of colour. We used Resene Cinnamon.

  4. Secure shelf to the wall with an appropriate fixing that’s strong enough to hold your chosen objects.

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Photography: Luke Harvey. Styling: Catherine Wilkinson. May 2021.

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