Monday, 21 January 2013

nature shelves


Hi.. welcome to another week. 
After a record high temperature in Sydney on Friday of 45-46 degrees celsius (114 fahrenheit)! we've been enjoying cooler weather this weekend. At least the nights haven't been too hot, so we can be thankful for that. 



This is something I've been thinking about making for ages. A place to keep small treasure and beach finds. The idea is from a book I've had for a long time and still love the simple coastal style of it. 
Easy to make.. I used some old wooden bed slats I found a while ago, i knew they'd come in handy one day. I bought the rope from a discount shop.





I measured the pieces of timber to length and marked where I wanted holes to be drilled, then handed them over to the live in carpenter ;) 
The bottom shelf is the longest, mine is 62cm 24". The middle shelf one inch shorter and the top shelf one inch shorter than that.
The holes need to be drilled slightly larger than the rope. 
I painted them with primer and a few coats of water based paint.  





I measured 4 lengths of rope then threaded it through the holes, knotting below the shelves, then knotting them all together at the top. I did this on the floor, it takes a bit of time to get all the lengths even. The distance between the shelves is about 21cm 8". 





I like them filled with simple, natural finds - pebbles, shells, feathers, string and rope. It reminds me of the walls of a boatshed or beach hut.





Have a great week!






25 comments:

  1. what a fabulous little shelf! love all your beachy treasures on display. glad it has cooled down a bit for you! Kate x

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    1. thanks kate. hope it's not too hot up there x

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  2. Cool shelves Cheryl! You will have fun decorating with them!

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  3. Love your sweet shelves. It gives me an idea. My husband walks on the beach every day when I am at work and comes home with so many little finds. I need to make his a special place to display his bounty.

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  4. ooh I love it...I now know what to do with the slats from some old bunk beds I have under the house. This looks so lovely.
    have a lovely week.
    Bec x

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  5. Such a cute little shelf Cheryl! I saw this idea in a book I borrowed from the library a little while ago, I wonder if it's the same one you have? Glad it's cooled down a bit for you guys :)
    Cas x

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    1. thanks.. it probably is the same one x

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  6. What a wonderful idea! I love it and could sure use something like this in my master bath! Sweet hugs!

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    1. it would be good in a bathroom for all those little things x

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  7. Cheryl, you are so talented. I love all of your nautical inspiration!

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  8. Great idea and it looks wonderful! I really like rope mixed with timber, very beachy :)

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  9. Love those shelves. It feels so good when you finally get around to doing something that you've been thinking about for ages.

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  10. Love the shelves !!! I love the colors (TRANQUIL) .. Love the inspiration .. Will have to look around and finish a project now .. Feel inspired .. .HUGS and have a blessed week ............

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  11. Great job, looks really neat. I felt for you in that crazy weather! x

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  12. Beautiful shelves but 46 degrees ? I have never experienced that kind of heat and it 50 degrees less here !

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  13. That is so pretty Cheryl. I love this idea for little beach finds.
    Carolyn

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  14. the simplicity of the shelf with all those beautiful natural finds really is lovely x

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  15. What a cute shelf. Here we have snow and cold weather.

    Hugs

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  16. so stunning!
    Why don't we follow each other? ;)

    XOXO, Monika

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  17. Every once in awhile I miss a beat and miss coming here but I have the e-mail back-up so you are always inspiring me. This is a wonderful idea and looks so simple.

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  18. Love this Cheryl. It is such a cute lil idea & looks so sweet and beachy. love your handy work too! xx

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  19. Hi, I just stumbled across your blog today and so glad I did...your images are beautiful and I just love the beachy little shelf you made. I've just hit follow and look forward to more posts, in the meantime I am going to enjoy reading back through your archives :)

    xx Karen

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