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Today on the agenda, I’m finally going to teach you all how to hang brackets up while I’m doing my son, Kyson’s room. I’m going to force him to help me and to show you guys how to do it. It’s super easy and everybody loves these bracket shelves!
Today, I’m going to be using this floating shelf hardware kit by National Hardware. Again, it’s the “Made By Me” series that is amazing. It’s what I used to hang up my lights outside. It comes with pretty much everything you need to hang this up, minus you choose the wood, and then obviously you need your own tools. I love it because the quality is amazing! The bar is really heavy-duty, I would say it feels like steel but I’m not sure. But it’s painted black and you know it’s not going to peel or anything because you’re not trying to paint it yourself.
It comes with all the screws you will need and you have anchors. You have the longer screws that will go into the stud or the drywall with an anchor. You have the smaller screws that will go underneath from the metal bracket up into the wood shelf in order to hold it on there. But I will show you guys everything as we are doing it.
Alright guys this is my son Kyson, he hates being on camera but I am forcing him. We decided where we wanted the shelves. It’s personal preference, we are going 36in wide with the bracket 4in from the sides. There is not a stud where we want to put the first bracket. Of course, it is pretty hard to hit right on a stud. So I have a pre-drill for this type of anchor. This is a teeny tiny bit smaller than this plastic anchor. I am going to pre-drill a couple of holes and then hammer this anchor in. I taught Kyson how to check to make sure it’s plumb. Then, I hammered the first anchor so that he could see how it was done. And then he tried.
I showed Kyson how to use the drill. There is a center button on the drill. If you push it in, the drill goes to the right, “righty tighty makes it tight”. If you push the button the other way it goes to the left, “lefty loosey makes it loose”. Okay, we want to make it go right to get the screw in. I don’t like to make it too tight on the first screw, I like to make sure both screws are in and then tighten.
Next, I’ll make sure the brackets are level. Now it’s Kyson’s turn to drill the hole and hammer the anchor in. And then the brackets on top. You saw that Kyson finished hanging up all these brackets and then I put this piece of wood on.
I want to talk to you about the piece of wood. It is just a common board, a 12in width and then I got a 6ft board that I cut in half. We wanted it to be 36in wide for this area. I actually wanted a pine board but they didn’t have it in the 12in so I just went with this common board. I haven’t stained it yet but I am planning on doing that, we just have so much more work to do in his room it’s so plain. But I have things in the works, that you know will change this room a lot. So once we do that I decide I will stain this later on.