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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Design QuickFix -Hanging a cheap Target shelf

Oh shelf, you were such a pain in the butt to hang.

This is another post brought to you by the incredible love and brilliance of my boyfriend Gus. As part of my office space creation (photos here), I thought I'd try to install this humble little white shelf from Target on my own.

Two large holes in the wall - I realized I had been too brave and also made two fairly large holes in my wall. The holes were just slightly too far apart for the spaces on the back of the shelf - even though I'd measured. Gus came over, I made sad puppy eyes, and he put his much more handy mind to work on the problem. We adjusted the holes BUT found that we couldn't get the shelf to lay level because the hanging spaces on the back had way too much wiggle room for the hardware.

This is the part where I would have probably given up and placed a picture frame over my newly created mess.

Gus, however, remembered the self-adhesive felt I had leftover from hardwood-proofing the bottom of all my furniture (from this QuickFix). Using a nail, he forced small pieces of it into the hanging holes to fill them up and make the fit more snug. With a little trial and error- perfecto!

Now, I'm not planning on putting anything major on this shelf (and it's not exactly 100% level) but hey, it's on the wall! I suggest you give this a whirl the next time you're dealing with a cheaply made shelf. For my own part, I don't think I'll be drilling into the wall without Gus's supervision for forseeable future.


tee said...

Ah! I bought the exact same shelves from Target and had the EXACT same problem! I actually tore up my receipt from Target, rolled it into a few small balls and shoved it in the holes on the back of the shelf. Worked like a charm. Great minds.... :)

Susan Graham said...

Just wanted to stop by and say that I think you are very talented and I am so happy for you that things are falling into place. Your blog are soooo fun. Thanks for sharing.

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