DIY Mid Century Inspired Shelves

How to build wall mounted shelves

Mid Century inspired shelving unit.
DIY Mid-Century inspired shelving unit.

Besides installing Ikea furniture, which definitely doesn’t count, this is my first DIY furniture project. I can’t take all the credit though, Chris did the dirty work. This included, spray painting the white metal runners glossy black and doing the drilling.

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Our success would not have been possible without the blogger Almost Makes Perfect who wrote a wonderful post about how she built their wall mounted shelves.  You can check out her post here. We followed her directions, but modified them to fit our walls. What’s great about mounted shelves is that you can customize them to however you like.

We purchased all our materials from Home Depot, I’ll link them below!

Required Materials:

3 – 70″ Twin rack uprights  
14 – 11.5″ Brackets
3 –  Small shelves (the color we chose is called espresso)
1 – Medium shelf 
2 – Long shelves 
Drill
Stud Finder
Level
Measuring Tape
Screws

The home depot near us didn’t have black twin racks so we had to spray paint ours. Make sure its a paint and primer blend good for metal surfaces. This is the one we used –>  Rust-Oleum Universal

Mid Century Shelving DIY

The crucial first step is finding studs. You want to make sure you’re drilling into studs because the shelves need support for all the crap you plan to pile on top of them. We’re renters, so the dry wall needs to stay pristine, but if your studs are in compromising locations you can always use dry wall screws.

We dotted and measured where each rack would go depending on where our studs are – so your measurements may vary. Our main objective was that the shelves were straight and a consistent distance apart, leaving one rack farther away to fit the medium sized shelf.

We used a level to test the straightness of each one and a measuring tape to measure the distance between.

Mid Century Shelving DIY

Once the racks were lined up and secure, we began putting the shelves in! The brackets are super easy to secure and we just placed our shelves on top! We debated securing them with screws, we might in the future, but we feel okay with them sitting on top for now.

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Don’t forget to take the stickers off, especially the brackets!

Now the best part, decorating it! I’ve been collecting little antiques and pieces for years that fit our style.  There’s a lot you can do with this design: desk, bar, entertainment system to name a few ideas. We’re using it as a way to organize our books, magazines, but also just for decoration.

Here’s a peek at how I decorated it, which will most likely evolve as I collect more antiques. There’s meaning behind every item and image.

Mid Century Shelving DIY

Mid Century Shelving DIY

Mid Century Shelving DIY

Mid Century Shelving DIY

Mid Century Shelving DIY

Mid Century Shelving DIY

Mid Century Shelving DIY

Mid Century Shelving DIY

Mid Century Shelving DIY

I hope this solves any of your DIY woes, or gives you some inspiration! As always, thanks for reading. XX EM

 

 

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July 2017 Favorites!

My beauty and lifestyle favorites for the month of July!

Hey guys! Well, it looks like I’m really enjoying this YouTube stuff! I’m definitely a beginner, but I’m starting to learn that when you do stuff for you and not for others, it’s more fulfilling.

I’ve wanted to make videos for a long time and the fear of what other’s would think always held me back. This is the summer of learning about myself, through mistakes and transitions. Thanks for all of your support. XX EM

My First Youtube Video!

How to Move to Brooklyn

Hey guys! Today I did something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, I uploaded my first Youtube video! You can definitely tell it’s my first video, but I’m pretty excited about this. Video #2 will be on the way soon. It feels kind of risky putting myself out there, but I would love to know what you think. XX EM

“This is a Manhattan bound train”

Running errands and eating brunch

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Hey babers. Last Sunday was full of Manhattan errands and crossing NYC “to- dos” off my list.  This including Chris and I treating ourselves to a new camera at B&H, brunch, my first time in Central Park and cereal milk at Momofuku Milk Bar.

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Brunch. Chris wanted to take me to get brunch at this spot called “Citizens of Chelsea” which he frequents before work. It was busy but we snuck our way up to a bar seat and shared mimosas with the best breakfast I’ve had in NY yet (besides Pies n’ Thighs, but that’s a whole other situation.) Chris ordered the ricotta pancake, which was beautiful, and I ordered the smoked salmon with poached eggs.

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Then we went to B&H and that’s where the fun began. We picked out a decent starter camera, as we’re both beginner photographers really.

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Chris playing around with the new camera, me looking fed up with the camera man, but I love him. If you’re curious as to what’s on my bod, it’s a Free People jumpsuit and my little Zara bag from my last post. Sunglasses are Chanel.

Free People Jumpsuit $98 HERE

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I finally went to Momofuku Milk Bar! It was actually better than I thought it would be, those crispy cereal bits, omgggggg. Also, spoiler alert, they put them at the bottom of the cereal milk soft serve too, cause honestly without it, too sweet.

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So that’s a wrap kids. I wanted to wait on this post because I have a few foodie ones coming up, but I couldn’t. Hope you liked it, what are your favorite spots in NYC?

XX EM

What I Wore

Zara, you never disappoint me.

As some of you may know, Zara is my favorite fast fashion brand. They kicked off their sale a little while ago and you best believe I hauled my ass on the 2 train into Manhattan. Along with a few other items, this is what I wore June 29th 2017.

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The scarf on my bag was my father’s when he hiked the Appalachian trail, you can find a black bandana or a scarf you like thrifting for really cheap. Unfortunately, both the romper and bag are sold out online, but here are some similar options:

River Island Striped Babydoll Romper $72.00

French Connection Cross body bag $69.00

The sneakers are Vans and you can find them here for $55.00

Have a wonderful weekend ya’ll, talk soon.

XX EM

A Café & Healthy Market in Brooklyn

Trying to decide which café in Brooklyn to go to?

There are over 1500 cafes in New York City and Brooklyn, 1000 of those are small chains or single locations. I don’t know about you but I love a good solo café date, but when there’s so many how do you filter out the good from the bad?

For me, word of mouth has deemed most promising over any mobile app, so I want to share with you my favorite café experiences! I’m starting off the series with Cinnamon Girl located in my neighborhood of Prospect Lefferts Garden and next to the park.

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This cafe is perfect if you’re looking for something to go, why? It’s a market and a café with not a lot of seating but it works because you can have all the seating you want at Prospect Park.

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It is a little pricey, but worth the splurge once in a while. The staff was really friendly which also makes it worth it. The market was full of local and healthy goods including local cheese, produce, craft beer and natural skincare products. Some things were even priced cheaper than other local markets, which I was surprised about.

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As you can see, they have a large selection but make good use of there space.

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I got the asparagus and ricotta quiche. It was pretty good for a park breakfast. I was a happy girl.

XX EM

We Moved to Brooklyn!!!

“It’s a Beautiful day in the new neighborhood”

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It finally happened, Chris and I have moved to Brooklyn, NY! Last year I set a goal for myself, to move and it wasn’t easy. After months of working to save,  a couple identity crisis meltdowns and learning how to really be frugal,  I’m finally here.

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“Patience is a virtue” is now my life motto. I’m beaming with gratitude every time I walk down the street of my new neighborhood,  and it’s all thanks to the journey it took me to get here. I feel alive,  I really do.

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LOOK MOM & DAD I’m holding keys to my first apartment! I feel like that’s the only commentary appropriate for this photo.

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Our coffee spot. I’ve been to Pel’s Pies everyday since we moved. They have good iced coffee, a backyard with picnic tables, fast wifi and reasonable prices. It also has that aesthetic, you know what I mean.

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Just a happy girl wearing big red pants in Brooklyn.

XX EM