Hello! My name is Christina and I’m the newest addition to The Makery KC team.
If I’m going to properly introduce myself, I think we should start from the beginning.
I grew up on a ranch in Kansas with two parents who were writers—fingers crossed my writing skills are making them proud. Mom had me signed up for 4-H where I was sewing my own clothes and pillows, cooking up a storm and gardening like it was nobody’s business before I was in 5th grade. I was a regular grade school Martha Stewart. So, I guess my love for DIY stemmed from my upbringing. **I will spare you images of me showing cats at the local county fair. That may arise in another blog post down the road.
So now, it comes as no surprise that most of my spare time is spent perusing Pinterest, walking the aisles of Hobby Lobby and building out my DIY dreams. And when Ashley and Kristin asked me to coffee to talk about joining The Makery, I nearly cried tears of joy.
After I was done joy-crying, I went straight to Pinterest to see what project I could make to celebrate. Yes, I live a very riveting life. Now a little background, if the project includes a lot of wood work, I usually have to wait until I go home to the ranch for assistance and work space. My apartment complex frowns upon table saws and excessive noise, I guess. So, this project that I’m sharing today was one of those home projects.
This time, we made one hexagon shelf and two triangle shelves. It took up most of the afternoon with a few intermissions for snacks, air conditioning and updates for mom.
Here’s the download…
What you will need:
- Gold Spray Paint
- Bronze Spray Paint
- White Spray Paint
- 3 – 1x6x8 Unfinished Pine Boards
- 11/4” Screws & Drill
- Miter Saw
- Wood Glue
How to get started:
We started with all of the cutting first, and wanted to combine all of the cuts in one process.
Cut List for the Hexagon Shelf:
-6 pieces cut from a 1×6 (5 1/2″ x 3/4″) cut to 10” long point to long point ends not parallel cut on a 30 degree bevel. (pieces to make Hexagon)
-2 pieces cut from a 1×6 (5 1/2″ x 3/4″) cut to 15 1/2” long point to long point ends not parallel cut on a 30 degree bevel. (shelves)
Cut List for the Triangle Shelf:
3 pieces cut from a 1×6 (5 1/2″ x 3/4″) cut to 19” long point to long point ends not parallel cut on a 30 degree bevel. (pieces to make Triangle)
1 1×6 cut to 12 1/8” long point to long point ends not parallel cut on a 30 degree bevel. (shelf)
Quite frankly, cutting the wood was the hardest part. Or at least I thought that until we got to the gluing/nailing part.
Now, I’d like to say Dad and I had a really scientific way of shaping the hexagon together, but we did not. We lined up all of the boards to form a hexagon and then began securing two edges together at a time with wood glue, drilled a pilot hole and connected with the screws. We used two screws on each edge.
After the hexagon was all put together, we put in the shelf following the same process—wood glue, pilot holes and 2 screws on both sides. The triangle shelf follows the exact same process for constructing—just way fewer boards!
The triangle shelf was a walk in the park in comparison to the hexagon. I highly suggest building 12,000 triangle shelves before you build the hexagon. Unless you’re really partial to hexagons, in that case, by all means, knock yourself out!
Finally, I painted these puppies with spray paint. I mixed and matched white, gold and bronze on the inside and outside of the shelves to add some sparkle and shine to the project! You’ll probably want to get a can of white paint to touch up after the spray paint is done, because that stuff is known to go rogue! Let’s just say, my cat walked away with a shiny new gold tail.
And that pretty well sums it up, me and my DIY’n dad and our country craft time in a nutshell!
The Fun Continued…
Once I returned home to my quaint abode in Kansas City, I knew the perfect place to show off my work. The geometric shapes, the coordinating but differing metallic spray paints and the interesting differences were going to make quite the statement above my couch!
I hung in no particular order, making sure to offset them. I wanted the look to be less symmetrical and take up as much space on the wall as possible. Without backs, the shelves are actually quite light and only required a nail or two to hang. To style, I gathered small decor items around my apartment, focusing on metallics, bright white, and those with a little interest or texture.
I love the final product and how it mimics the gold accents of my modern coffee table yet is a juxtaposition of the softness of the textiles in the room! Whether you build one or all, this is a project you will love to display in your home!
Looking forward to meeting you all! Come see me at The Makery KC!