Wooden Animal Heads

Having animal heads on the wall is a Canadian tradition. Unfortunately though I have a feeling that Australia Customs and Quarantine wouldn’t allow stuffed animal heads into the country…

A very cool option that I saw today was a wooden animal head.

Wall Mounted Wooden Animal Heads

I think that the wooden animal head here is an elk, but either way I think it looks pretty cool. Not sure I could talk my wife into it though … 😉

To see the full post that I found this cool mounted wooden animal head at check out Apartment Therapy – Joe & Brad’s Small Space with Big Style.

The Finished Wall Mounted Photo Shelf

After a minor mishap that involved a slipped screw driver and a few extra holes while installing the shelf, we have finally finished and mounted the wall mounted photo shelf that our daughter is using as a bookshelf in her bedroom.

Wall Mounted Picture and Book Shelf

We described how we built the self in the Build a Wall Mounted Photo Shelf Article. Our daughter loves the shelf and quickly went to work putting as many books as she could on it.

Wall Mounted Photo and Book Shelf

Profile of the Wall Mounted Picture and Book ShelfSo that it could hold as much weight as possible we mounted it directly into two wall studs using 2 inch wood screws. Unfortunately screwing it into the studs left it looking lopsided, so I put one screw on the right side of the shelf into a drywall anchor. We then covered up the end of the screws with white screw hole plugs that seemed to do the trick pretty well.

We placed the bookshelf at the head of our daughters Ikea Hemnes Daybed. Given the fact that the books are always in different places come the morning I can guess that she is using the book shelf a lot…

Build a Wall Mounted Photo Shelf

Ikea used to carry these great wall mounted picture shelves that you can attach straight on the wall. Your photo frames would sit in the shelf and lean back against the wall.

Ikea-Wall-Mounted-Photo-Shelf-White Unfortunately Ikea has discontinued the white photo shelf, so when I sent to pick one up for our daughter’s bedroom the only one left was 1.8 metres long. I purchased it, but when I got home I realized that cutting it down to the length that we wanted wasn’t a good option because of the foil and MDF construction.

With that option out of the picture we were left with the option to build our only picture shelf.

Design

The hardest part was settling on a design or style for the shelf. After looking around the web we decided to try to copy or duplicate that Ikea design.

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We decided on building the shelf 30”, or 76cm, long to sit above the end of our daughter’s bed. The shelf will actually be used for her books, rather than for photos.

Materials

The only materials that we needed for the wall mounted photo shelf were:

  • 1” x 4” x 8’ pine timber ($7.00)
  • 1” x 2” x 6’ pine timber ($3.50)
  • 1 1/2” wood screws for assembly
  • 2 1/2” wood screws for mounting
  • caulking (optional)
  • wood fill putty
  • primer and paint

The screws, paint, putty and caulking I had left over from our other projects, so all I had to buy was the timber for about $10.50.

Assembly

I cut the 1” x 4” into 2 x 30” long pieces and the 1” x 2” into a single 30” piece. You can change the length of the pieces depending on how long you want your shelf to be.

SSPX0217After cutting the timber put it together like the photo on the right. When you screw the boards together make sure to drill the pilot holes first to prevent the boards from cracking. Countersink the  screws slightly so that you can putty over the holes when you get to painting the photo shelf.

Painting

To get a smooth finish on the front of the shelf you can fill the front crack now with your caulking after giving the shelf a quick sanding. Then use the wood putty to cover up the screw heads that are under the shelf.

Once the putty is dry, sand it flat and five the whole shelf an undercoat with a good wood primer. After the undercoat is dry proceed to give the shelf two or three coats of paint. If you are using this shelf as a book shelf I would recommend using a hard wearing paint to help prevent scuffing and scratches.

Mounting

We have not yet mounted the new book shelf but when we do we will be attaching the shelf to the wall studs to make it extra sturdy. To do that we’ll find the studs with a stud finder, centre the shelf against our daughter’s bed and drill the pilot holes for the screws to mount the shelf. We’ll then use the 2.5” wood screws to screw through the self and into the studs.

To finish off the shelf we are looking at either getting white plugs to cover up the ends of the screws, or possibly painting over the screw heads. We aren’t sure yet which option we will be going with, but when we post the final photos of the shelf we’ll let you know.

Update – Here are the finished photos of the finished wall mounted picture and book shelf.

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