Coffee Shelf

This project, to which a whole ton of credit goes to my very skilled husband, was something I have been looking forward to for a long time. 
 I have a space between the kitchen counter and the pantry that I have wanted to decorate somehow but couldn’t quite figure out what I wanted to do……. UNTIL NOW!
The picture of the coffee cup and steam was painted on this summer.  I used a projector and combined a few clipart pictures that I liked. 

And for the shelf…. 
My Handy Man D cut a piece of crown molding with a miter saw.  He held the crown at a 45 Degree angle and aligned the saw at a 45 degree angle.  This made a 90 degree corner for the shelf. 
The desired length is determined by the place where the shelf will eventually live and the width is determined by to width of the top board minus 1/4 of an inch. 
After the angles were glued together he attached the top board  and left a ¼ inch over hang on the front and sides.
Then it was my turn with some paint. I chose a dark espresso brown.  I used left over paint and added some acrylic craft paint to get the desired color.  If you do this, make sure that you only add water based to water based.  Then I glazed it with black tinted glaze. 

The difference a glaze makes cannot be overstated.  It brings out the movement in the wood and gives it so much character. 
It is attached to the wall with small L brackets that are screwed into studs. The shelf is then placed over the L brackets and centered as desired.  Then Handy Man D reached the drill in and with small screws attached the shelf to the brackets. 
It will also make a great picture frame shelf.  I think a plant will look really good on there as well.  But really where won’t a plant look great?   We may see this idea used again soon, but for a whole new piece of furniture………

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