DIY Floating Shelves

We’re super pumped to introduce you to Juliana de Giacomi and her DIY Floating Shelves project! Juliana is a Franco-Brazilian interior decorator, designer, journalist, and mother of a beautiful little girl (who you’ll hear more about in a bit). Visit her website to see what else she is up to!

DIY Floating Shelves

I’m so excited to share this DIY shelving project I made for my sweet baby, Valentina. For me, creating a cute and happy baby space doesn’t mean you’ve got to go traditional. I was looking for a fun and original project to add some style and spice to her room, giving it into a custom-made feel. It was important to me to find some ideas that didn’t skimp on functionality or trendiness. I knew this nursery was getting a serious makeover!

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Shelves are so easily overlooked in kids rooms. We had a large wall that needed something fabulous and I wanted to create a wall of stylish storage in an area that required flexibility. That’s why I constructed a “built-in” easy floating shelving system instead of using wallpaper or installing a basic shelf. This one provides a nice contrast to the white walls of her room and is a wonderful way to add originality.

DIY Floating Shelves

First I bought some inexpensive wooden boxes in 3 different sizes (you can find them at Home Depot).

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Next, I painted the back of the boxes with different colors. I chose only three: pink pastel, grey, and white, to add a timeless and soft, girly effect. I hammered sawtooth hangers into the back of each box to attach them to the wall. You can hook the shelves together if you’d like, but I wanted to have the option of separating and rearranging them in the future.

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 These shelves are handsome, easy to build, and inexpensive. They’re also incredibly strong, even though they have no visible supports: they appear to float on the wall—no clunky hardware or brackets! I’m really proud of this smart little project and I know baby Valentina loves her nursery too!

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    Oh my. These are so adorable. It’s easy & quick but totally chic. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

  • GlitterCoated Lenses

    I’ve always loved the look of floating shelves, but the thought of trying to build my own boxes then attach them was just too daunting! This is amazing!

  • Amy

    These are great! Thanks for the tutorial. Where did you get the great nesting dolls?

  • Caroline Farley

    What kind of hooks are best to hang them up? Awesome idea