• Distressing Wood to make a shelf

    On reflection, this probably isn't the best example to lead with - the effect doesn't photograph quite as well as something using paint/stain (I wanted to keep the wood's colour), but the techniques used are the same.

    I decided that I wanted another shelf up in my office - I've some nice Victorian train style shelf brackets, and plenty of scrap wood to call upon.

    By luck, I found a length of pressure treated 2x4 that was already the perfect length.

    But, it did look quite a lot like I'd taken a piece of scrap timber and bolted it to the wall (funny that...)

    Timber screwed to a wall

    Functionally, it's a shelf, but it really is quite rough. What I quite like, though, is the mix of colours - along with the wood's natural mix of colours, parts of it have a slightly green hue (because it's pressure treated).

    So, I decided I'd have a go at distressing it - making it look like it was actually a shelf, but had seen some life.

  • Making a double sided shelf

    Whilst I was making the shelf shown in "distressing wood to make a shelf", littlun asked if I could make them one too.

    Obviously, there's a bit of a difference in tone/feel between my office & littlun's room, so I didn't use the same approach.

    I also decided to hedge my bets a little - decorating the shelf differently on each side, so that if one side wasn't right, the other might have a chance. One side goes for a distressed wood effect, whilst the other goes for a mottled mix of red and black (the balrog effect...), similar to the look I achieved making a back for my desk

    Desk privacy guard

    This post details the process I went through to create the shelf.