When I was making over my living room and home office (update: full reveal here!), I felt like the wall above the desk really needed something besides just the existing mirror. I opted to throw together these quick and easy DIY hexagon shelves, and they finished the room off nicely!
Here’s a quick step by step tutorial, and you can check out my YouTube video for this project here.
EASY DIY HEXAGON SHELVES
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- Miter Saw
- 1×6 Boards
- Wood Glue
- Silicone Glue Brush
- Polycrylic in Satin Finish
- Crown Stapler
- 3/4″ Staples
- Wall Anchors and Screws
Step 1: Cut Your Wood
First, I cut enough wood to make 3 hexagon shelves. So a total of 18 pieces (6 for each hexagon) each cut to 8 inches at a 30 degree bevel at each end (not parallel) with my miter saw.
Step 2: Sand
Next, I sanded each piece and smoothed the rough edges.
Step 3: Build Your Hexagons
Then, I attached each piece using wood glue which I applied with a silicone brush. If you have bar clamps, you could use those, but I don’t so I just used painters tape to hold the pieces in place while the glue cured.
Step 4: Reinforce Joints
After the glue cured, I reinforced it with 3/4″ staples on the back using my Crown Stapler.
Step 5: Sand Again
My miters are never perfect, so I sanded the corners to mask the imperfections a bit. I also made sure to sand off any dried glue residue that was left behind.
Step 6: Paint/Stain/Finish
I really liked the natural look of the wood so I opted to leave it, but you could definitely paint or stain these to suit your style. I just sealed mine with Polycrylic in a Satin finish.
Step 7: Hang Your Shelves
Quick tip: I traced the shelves onto pieces of craft paper and used painter’s tape to position them on the wall so I could get a visual of how the shelves would look and how I wanted to configure them.
After playing around with my templates, I decided to center the shelves above the mirror, staggering the middle one a bit. I hung the shelves using wall anchors and screws (2 per shelf).
These shelves were the finishing touch in my living room/home office makeover which I can’t wait to share with you very soon!
Check out my YouTube video for this project here:
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