You know how it is, right? You want something mounted on the wall that’s heavy and going to need proper stud support, but the stud isn’t in the exact spot you need it. And why would it be, really… studs are basically every 16″ inside the wall so the odds will not be in your favor to have one exactly where you need it. Ah, but there is a solution… probably a couple of solutions, but here’s what I did myself for this problem…
This very charming antique coffee grinder is what started it all:
I found it for sale on my favorite place to shop for local treasures for only $10… OK, so it does look a little rough and dirty and you may be thinking you’d pay someone $10 just to get rid of it… But I could see a bit of charm in it and wanted to add it to my little coffee collection in the kitchen, and you’ll see in a later post, once it’s cleaned up, it is kind of charming after all.
But alas, there wasn’t room…
I needed to move some things around on the wall. In doing so, I decided the best thing would be to move the coffee maker up to the level of the outlet and off the antique stove. (click here to see the restoration of this antique stove… it looked pretty rough in the before)
By moving the coffee maker up off the stove, it’d free up the stove top a bit, keeping toddler fingers from pushing the very fun looking buttons, and it would also cover up the outlet that is kind of high on the wall and an unwanted focal point!
I’ve had these antique iron shelf brackets for years… like over 20 or 25 years! There’s something about the simple shape of them and that old chippy white and gray finish with bits of green showing up that I just love.
After a quick text to my carpenter to construct a shelf to sit on the brackets…
I cleared everything off the wall, except the vintage dutch mill coffee grinder. That, I knew was going to stay right there, then to it I wanted to add the grinder I found, and on the left of the wall, covering that outlet, I wanted to add the shelf.
Ready to go…
Stud finder… find me a stud…
No stud even remotely close to where I wanted the shelf on the left. Dang-it! What to do???
I actually had to think a bit about this… I didn’t feel that any type of hollow wall support I knew of would be strong enough to hold the very heavy coffee maker and shelf well enough.
I wasn’t willing to compromise on shelf placement… I need the the water filler part of the coffee maker accessible, so it needed to be on the left side.
Then it dawned on me, I can do this… You see, of course there are studs holding up the wall, they’re just not where I needed them for the brackets…
So, here’s what I did:
After I determined where I wanted the shelf, and shelf brackets, I penciled on the wall where the mounting holes in the brackets would be on the wall.
I then dry-fitted one board, marking the wall for level.
Then with screws long enough to go through this board, the sheetrock and firmly into the stud, I screwed the boards to the wall.
I decided that it would look the best for these mounting boards to span all the way from the doorway trim on the left across to the sink cabinet on the other side. That way I found 3 studs to secure them to as well.
I primed the boards with this primer.
Followed by 2 coats of wall paint. I didn’t want these mounting boards to be noticed…
I just wanted them to blend in, and with the same light gray as the walls, they do just that.
Once everything was dry, you can see below how the boards line up just where I need them for the brackets:
The brackets both have to proper support they need for the weight of the shelf now, and I get the shelf mounted exactly where I wanted it!
Next, after my carpenter got the shelf done, it was time to mount that to the brackets.
I didn’t want to just set the shelf on the brackets with nothing holding it to them… I was a little concerned it could too easily flip off.
So ever so carefully, I drilled a pilot hole in the pencil marked spot where the bracket has a hole. (ever so careful so that the drill bit didn’t come through the top of the shelf… I’ve done that more times than I care to admit!)
And one last little trick up my sleeve:
The screw head was just a wee bit too small to firmly stay and not just slip right through the hole on the brackets under the shelf, so I added a washer and it holds onto the bracket wonderfully!
There’s room for everything and the stud location didn’t hamper my design goal for this shelf.
I have found another fun vintage coffee item… I’ll share the whole collection with you soon!
My tip for you to takeaway from this? (Besides the obvious solution to creating support with horizontal boards) is this:
Sometimes when you have a design goal, but it doesn’t seem possible to bring it about… give yourself a little time and thought. There is almost always a way to accomplish it, just maybe not the traditional way, but a way, none the less! 🙂 In other words, don’t give up!
I appreciate you stopping by.
I’m linking this post up with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch’s link party!