I mentioned our shelf/mantel in previous posts but, today, I want to show you how we hung it on the wall.
We had this wood beam outside for a long time so it was nice and weathered and I knew it would be perfect for a shelf.
I forgot to get a picture when it was gray with vines growing all over it. We had to peel the vines off but I think that gave it so much character.
We cut off about 3 feet from the wood beam so it will fit on the wall.
Then we sanded and sanded and sanded some more. I only used the orbital sander because the belt sander would destroy the character of the wood.
You can leave it this way or varnish it but I chose to use Howard’s Feed-N-Wax.
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After I sanded and conditioned the wood, Carson made a template with a thin strip of oak and some flanges to drill holes into the wall before hanging the wood beam.
This will make sure that the shelf is nice and straight.
He also screwed some threaded pipes to the flanges that will go into the wood to hold it.
Because our walls are one-inch boards, we didn’t need to find the studs in the walls but you would need to if you had sheetrock.
Use the board as a guide to drill into the wall. Use a bit that is smaller than the threads on the screws that you used.
Remove the board. You’ll see the template holes in the wall to make it easier to make sure everything is straight.
He then drilled holes in the beam to match the template making sure to router the holes so the flanges were flush to the beam and it wouldn’t stick out from the wall.
The next step is to remove the flanges and pipes from the template. We attached them with some double stick tape so we just popped them off to remove them.
Then we screwed the flanges with the pipes onto the wall.
The wood beam was lined up with the pipes and hung on the wall.
And that’s it! The wood beam shelf is just beautiful and I am so pleased with how it turned out.
If you’re wondering what we did with the other 3 feet of the wood beam, we made another shelf!
I am so glad we saved this wood beam from rotting outside and brought it back to life.
It was the perfect touch to this farmhouse makeover.
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