Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Making home

As most of you know, we are doing a 100% top to bottom renovation of our house.  It's a big project that we have had little time to work on.  Our house is in mostly a state of disarray.  It wears on me at times so I find myself doing small temporary projects while we are "in process" to try and make this ramshackle house more of a home.  We have a window in the kitchen that looks directly at the side of our neighbors house.  It's at ground level but I did not want to put a curtain up.  Instead, I decided to build a few quick shelves across the window and use plants as a pseudo screen.  It was super easy and has made our kitchen feel much more inviting.  I was a little more casual with my attachment methods because I know the window and window well will be rebuilt so you might want to take a little more care if you decide to build your own.  Here's what you will need:
  • 4 inch wide boards cut to the width of your window well (I inset mine into the window so they would not stick out too far).  Use as many as will fill your window's height.  Be sure to leave enough room for the height of your plants or knick knacks.
  • L-brackets, 2 for each board
  • drill
  • screws
  • a level (my shelves are level, but I found out our window is not so my shelves look crooked!)
Attach the L-brackets to the bottom of each board.  Mount each shelf into the window well using a level to keep everything straight.  It's sometimes easier to have a second person with this step...but, not absolutely necessary.  Pay attention to how close you mount your shelves to the want to make sure the window will still open when the shelves are installed.  Now, fill it with plants or whatever else you would like to display. 


  1. The shelves for the plants look great! Best of luck on your home renovations.

    I hope to own a home one day. :)

  2. Funny, i do the same thing. I put up shelves in the bathroom last weekend. Really i should have been working on any other part of the house, scraping wallpaper, patching holes....anything but putting up shelves. But i love them


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