The Shelf that Style-Slapped Me
Y’all, it’s gettin’ all DIY Dirrrrrty up in HERE! Uh huh! One of my collections needs a serious real estate upgrade in our salon/office. YES betch, we call the second living room/office our salon– y’all don’t? I mean. My vintage Dansk cast iron candleholders need a new perch– There’s at least 15 in the hoard, prob more. Here’s what they look like now, more or less:
That’s the LESS shot, b/c what y’all don’t see is how they’re all kinds of jimmy-jammed together so closely they’re pretty much stacked atop one another across the entire length of that 6′ long slate ledge. And there’s some on an adjacent bookcase. And some tucked inside a drawer. And on the bar cart. Y’all get the point.
I’ve always been a big believer in making my walls WERK for me– esp. in a NYC apt, where floorspace is limited and/or there’s no furniture to properly display a 15+ collection– say, a 20′ dining table, or 15′ wide china cabinet, for instance. Y’all feel me. Initially I was thinking a glass shelf b/c the candleholders are so sculptural, viewing them from below, as well as front view, seemed way cool to me. But that’s a logistical nightmare beyond belief b/c y’all did see that part above wherein the words, CAST IRON were typed, yes? That wasn’t just me trying to be all ‘fancy descriptive writer’…this shiot is HEAVY. Then I thought of a reclaimed wood shelf, like everyone else on planet earth…and I do live in Brooklyn, where it seems to grow. But I can’t get on board with that. Pun intended– comedy GOLD! Same with metal, b/c y’all know, vintage industrial…blah blah…BLART yourselves! What to do? THIS!:
That fine hunk of man is holding a lucite shelf! WHAT?! Also known as plexi-glass or acrylic. This bad boy was found recently at a salvage surplus building materials store called, Build It Green. And the shiot cost $5!!!!!! Shut the F&*K YOU, I’m not kidding! 8′ long by 6.5″ wide by 1/4″ thick. $FIVE DOLLAS. Let’s get another look at that value nonsense:
OK, so, y’all see my glass shelf dreamzzz are totally becoming fulfilled with this piece of plexi-glass perfection, yes? It’s not quite as wide as I’d like, but for $5, baby can WERK with it. Now, how to hang it safely and chic-ly? Y’all are gonna have to check back into the ‘dazzle a little later for that…trust that there’s all kinds of hanging shelf realness that y’all don’t want to miss…oh, and happy Friday– time to rage ’til the break of dawn!