Before & After: Molly’s Custom Fit Wall Mounted Shelving Unit

updated Mar 12, 2020
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We already knew Molly of Almost Makes Perfect was quite adept at DIY transformations (check out her glamorous IKEA RAST dresser redo), but the scope and scale of one of her latest projects is impressive because it spans all the way across a large living room wall…

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Presented with a challenging blank canvas spanning across the entire living room wall within their Los Angeles apartment, Molly and her boyfriend planned and plotted for over a month over how to utilize the wall for use/display before settling on a track and bracket wall solution. In addition to the size of the project, a bisecting fireplace divided the room into left and right sections. Their solution: an affordable wall shelf track rails and brackets system, available in a myriad of sizes at various retailers or home improvement stores, topped with custom stained wood shelves to closely match their floors (all impressively sanded and stained from their apartment balcony).

Curios, books, and artwork sit harmoniously beside a flat screen HDTV, a turntable and record collection, and a small iPod audio dock, each shelf customized to size to accommodate for each component, everything lovingly arranged.

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There’s Molly’s campaign dresser, just underneath their home bar.

The boyfriend and I spent a month going over how this would look and be configured. Drawings and measurements and arguing. We wanted something useful but tasteful, and pipe shelving seemed too permanent and complex (but we loved the look). So we settled happily on this, with custom measured/cut/stained shelving to complement the wood of our floors and the black of the brackets.

The best part of doing custom is that we were able to customize each shelf in consideration of size and contents, so we specifically measured for the TV, the record player, and the campaign Rast (and we can change the height of shelves whenever)…

See more of Molly’s masterful makeover at her site, Almost Makes Perfect.

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