DIY Stair Tread Shelf (plus all of my hopes and dreams dashed)

I thought that by the time I turned 32 I would have things down. Things like, well, knowing where a shelf should go, what paint color to paint my boys' dresser pulls, or where the toy kitchen should be placed. I was very, very wrong.  We currently have six large holes above our sectional downstairs, I am on my third paint color for the dresser pulls, and the toy kitchen has moved from downstairs to outside to upstairs all in a matter of a few weeks. 



But this I can tell you with certainty-- a stair tread makes a wonderful shelf! I purchased a solid pine stair tread at Home Depot. I also purchased two metal brackets, bringing my total purchase to twenty five dollah. (If you are fortunate to live near an Ikea, I would suggest purchasing their wooden brackets, like the ones shown in this post that my dad used while building shelves for my sister's studio. It will further lower the costs of sturdy shelving!) I wasn't too keen on leaving the metal brackets white, so I spray painted them with a golden bronze finish. 

If there's one thing that I've learned about myself lately, it's this: to just keep trying. I'm not talking about the pull-yourself-up-by-your-own-bootstraps trying. I'm talking about the learning-to-love-the-process trying. And I'm realizing that that truth brings so much freedom and joy. 

Retro flip clock here, except I purchased mine on Ebay for half the price! // my newest house plant is called a swiss cheese philodendron and I found it (the very last one!) at Home Depot // the firetruck was an early birthday gift for Jobie, purchased at Costco, and the best use of our money in a very, very long time. (smile)

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  1. LOVE it all! :)

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  2. Sara,
    Thank you! It's been a work in progress. I can't believe we've lived here for 2 1/2 months already! Slowly but surely getting things done. . . : )

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  3. beautiful space Sarah! a philodendron is the ONLY plant I've ever been able to keep alive, they're amazing. :) Love the swiss edition! Fire trucks are a big hit around our house too, sirens are magical. :)

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    1. Thank you, Kelly! Well, that news encourages me that I might be able to keep this one alive and healthy! : ) Also, sirens seem to be magical around here, too : )

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  4. Isn't nesting grand...it really, really is!

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    1. Absolutely! And today being the first day of Fall has inspired me with about 100 more things for my to-do list! )

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  5. I'm fully convinced that you could stick a 2x4 on your wall for a shelf and it would look perfectly charming! ;) I do {heart} this.

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    1. Oh friend. You are so optimistic about me : ) A little birdie told me it is your birthday tomorrow! A very, very happy birthday to you, my sweet pal!

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  6. You really gave me an idea on how to fix mine. We moved in this apartment type home in Mass for a year and a half years and still there is not improvement. Good luck to your progress and wish me luck with mine too. Thanks!

    -http://rbstairtreads.com/

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  7. It really turns out great. It is so beautiful and I love it. But how long did it takes for you to make it?
    Treads-N-More.com

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