I know, it's been way too long...but I have a great excuse I have just returned from the states and a mini vacation of sorts. Mainly, I shopped till I dropped at the most awesome outlet mall in the world. It was a great trip overall. Charlie was a champ, and even managed to fall asleep in a shopping cart while wearing soccer goalie gloves and holding a basketball. After all... a sugar buzz can only last so long.
Today, I finally hung the 12x1in shelves and brackets that have been patiently awaiting my time and attention. For those of you with small spaces, I have to say that shelves may be the cheapest and most simple way to visually expand your space while allowing you to add some pleasing aesthetic elements. I chose to hang four 12x1 boards on a basic metal black brackets, you can really have fun with brackets as there are tons of really cool ones I have found...Lowes had a good selection when I looked last. I chose to leave them unfinished, however you could get funky and play on colors if you wanted to. I personally like the way the black contrasts with the light wood. Also you will see in the picture you can measure the chest height from any reasonably sized chair and hang the lowest shelf at this height, making this double as a small office/work/blogging place. Thank you Donny for being my handy man for the day:) So here is a look at the finished product.