Today, more of us than ever before are taking on projects to improve our living spaces. For seasoned weekend warriors and newbies alike, adding a floating shelf to your space is a very fun project. Floating shelves add style, design and function to any room – and its a project that is totally doable over a single Saturday morning.
Kitchens in particular are great spaces for more shelves. “Everyone needs just a bit more display area throughout the home,” says Keith Early, vice president of marketing and new product development at Ornamental Moulding & Millwork. “Adding a floating shelf in the kitchen is ideal for keeping spices handy, holding favorite recipe books, stacking plates or displaying decorative accents.”
Kitchen shelf solutions
When blogger Taryn Whiteaker took on the “One Room Challenge” in 2019, she transformed her kitchen into a black and white modern reveal. To give the room more warmth, she opted for floating shelving from Ornamental.
“I love the look of a kitchen filled with gorgeous tile and open shelving,” says Whiteaker. “And these shelves, oh my goodness, I am OBSESSED.”
Ashley Rowlands understands the obsession with floating shelves. As part of her kitchen transformation project she added a pair of rustic shelves to her kitchen.
“These shelves are thick and solid, which makes me feel safe about loading them with dishes,” says Rowlands. “I love how the darker grains in the wood coordinate with the trim work around our windows and doors.”
As Rowland explained, installing the shelves was pretty straight forward. “There was a wooden mounting bar that I secured to the studs in the wall. Once the mounting bar was installed I attached the shelves to it. The shelves themselves are hollow boxes and the top of the box is what attaches to the mounting bar. I drilled pilot holes into the tops of the shelves because the wood is so hard. That made it easier to hammer the nails into place.”
Mantel style floating shelves off broad support
While wall shelves often consist of thin boards supported by unattractive brackets, Ornamental Moulding and Millwork’s Ambrosia Maple Rustic Mantel Shelf provides a stunning contrast. The beefy shelf incorporates oblong and gray hued bores running with the grain of the wood for designer appeal and stands 4-3/4-inches tall with a depth of seven inches.
The mantel shelves come in two versions: with and without black wrought iron decorative trim, and are available in three-, four-, five- and six-foot lengths.
Despite their girth, mantel shelves are lightweight and easy-to-install in just minutes. Each shelf comes with a mounting cleat, wall screws, finish nails and instruction sheet. There’s also a step-by-step video included on the Ornamental Moulding and Millwork website.
The floating shelves can be left ‘as is’ or painted/stained to complement other elements of a kitchen.
“When it comes to a fast, easy DIY project that can truly make an impact in the home, it doesn’t get any better than these decorative and useful mantel shelves,” said Early. The Ambrosia Maple Rustic Mantel Shelves are Made in America and available nationwide through Lowe’s®, The Home Depot® and Wayfair®.