Bookcases & Shelving GetInline-5

Published on December 30th, 2013 | by Daniel


Fabian wall shelf becomes a custom shelving unit

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After searching high and low for a shelving unit that would suit my needs, I decided on Ikea’s “Fabian” wall shelf. For $7.99 you get a solid pine shelf and brackets. I planned on utilizing these as bookshelves, and I wanted them to be more stable. I ended up going to a lumber store and found a beautiful piece of rift-cut oak (it has a clean, striped appearance). They were happy to cut it for me.

Since I was mounting it on the same wall as a mirror of approximately the same size I wanted for the shelf unit, I decided to use those exact dimensions. I then stained the pieces with minwax tintable stain (I had it mixed at a Sherwin Williams store). I used 3″ cabinet screws to mount the panel to the wall, directly into 2 studs (I used painters tape to mark the studs above the panel, and just measured for each screw , and it worked great.

For a clean look I placed the screws where the shelves would later go, so they would cover them up. The last step was mounting the shelves using 1″ wood screws. This whole project cost about $80, but I think the final product looks very polished and unique.

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2 Responses to Fabian wall shelf becomes a custom shelving unit

  1. deborah says:

    I love the “christmas tree”on the credenza…I like the modern look of the room and the shelving fits right in…

  2. debra says:

    Oh for heaven’s sake, I was looking at the credenza–I thought the shelves were a window shade! (Time to get new eye glasses)

  3. DN says:

    Looking at it I believe the picture does match the hack. It shows a wooden panel with four attached shelves. In her descriptions she says she affixed a panel of pine to the wall and then attached the shelves to the panel. That seems exactly like what is happening in the picture if I’m not mistaken.

  4. debra says:

    Jules, I think this photo is for a different hack–doesn’t match the description ;-)
    happy new year happy hacking!

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