Decorative Shelves

Floating shelves

  • Difficulty
    Medium

Floating shelves are a popular way to get the most use out of your wall space. But did you ever notice that they all look pretty similar? This weekend we'll show you how to add flair to floating shelves using three different techniques.

You need
  • Wood Glue
  • Stain and Paintbrush (if desired)
  • Dremel MM14 Hook and Loop Pad
  • Dremel Trio™
  • Moulding
  • Floating Shelf (Available at major home improvement stores)
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter
Step 1 7

Moulding Shelf

Molding shelf with Dremel Saw-Max

Once you have measured the length of the front and side borders of the floating your shelves, mark your line of cut on the moulding. Do not apply moulding to the back of your shelf, as it will need to rest flush against the wall. We chose to miter cut the moulding to give the edges of the shelf a nice, finished look. Fit your Dremel Saw-Max tool with a SM500 Wood and Plastic Flush Cutting Wheel. Once you have measured the length of cut you will need, rest your miter guide, 45 degree angled edge above the mould mark your cut. Now, slide the guide back just slightly, leaving 1/8" of space between your intended cut and the guide to account for the offset of the blade. Clamp the guide down and make your cut.

Step 2 7

Moulding Shelf

Set pieces using wood glue

Using wood glue, set your pieces into place and allow them to dry thoroughly before mounting. We chose to stain ours as well!

Step 3 7

Scalloped Shelf

Dremel Saw-Max cutting wood

We applied casing to the front and sides of our shelf and added a scalloped finish to the front. To cut the casing, use the Dremel Saw-Max and a SM500 Wood and Plastic Flush Cutting wheel. Once you have measured the length of cut you will need, rest your miter guide, straight edge above the mould mark your cut. Now, slide the guide back just slightly, leaving 1/8" of space between your intended cut and the guide to account for the offset of the blade. Clamp the guide down and make your cut.

Step 4 7

Scalloped Shelf

Smoothing scallops with MM20 tool

Clamp your freshly cut casing onto a work bench. Use a pencil to draw out your desired design. Here, we went with a simple scallop. Mount a TR561 Multi-Purpose cutting bit into your Trio Tool. Set the tool to high speed and slowly cut along your marked line. The Trio tool should give you a nice, smooth cut. However, we decided to go the extra mile and smooth down our scallops with the MM20 tool and Wood Sandpaper.

Step 5 7

Scalloped Shelf

Gluing casting

Glue your casing onto the shelf and allow to dry completely before mounting.

Step 6 7

Mosaic Shelf

EZ545 tile curring wheel in use

We used extra small tiles leftover from a different project to create a mosaic-style shelf. Make sure to layout your design first to be sure you have enough tiles to achieve your desired look. We needed to make several cuts to get our layout to fit our shelf but it was easy! Mount the EZ545 Tile Cutting Wheel onto your variable speed Rotary Tool. Please note that this wheel should not run in excess of 20,000 RPM, therefore, do not use this wheel with a single -speed tool. We used a 4000 tool here. With our 4000 tool set to a speed setting of 15, we cut off the areas of our tiles which did not fit our layout.

Step 7 7

Mosaic Shelf

Hot gluing titles into place

Glue the tiles into place. Here, we used hot glue. Allow to dry completely and mount it to your wall!