Monday, September 23, 2013


Foyer desk area before
Here is a rainy/wet weekend project I can check off the list.  We had this big empty space above the desk wall in the front foyer.  This area was an add on to the house by "Ma" several years back and this was part of the old wall.  Of course, we could have hung some pictures or art, but we wanted something more useful and/or practical.

So I cut a six foot long piece of poplar to the right dimension (5' x 12") and then brushed on a coat of white paint.  Earlier in the week, I used my lunch break to go back to the place where I got the cast iron shelf brackets for the kitchen shelves back in July and bought three more.

Foyer desk shelf after
And here it is up!

We think it looks good and will really make for some nice storage space, instead of just hanging random pictures on the wall.  Because the shelf spans five feet, I figured it was better to put a third bracket in the middle so that the board doesn't sag with weight on it.

It's obviously still a work in progress (as so much often is, ha).

Cast iron shelf brackets
Here is a closeup of the ornate cast iron shelf brackets.  They give a nice vintage feel to the room and even mimic the pattern on the desk chair.

I put some random objects on the shelf to get a feel for it (and snap a picture).  We hope it will become a good spot once we figure out the best way to use it.  Baskets and such are always good for storage.

Side note, the vintage globe of the Earth will definitely stay.  It's a great spot for it and because it dates from the 1950's, it's fun to read and see how many country names and borders have changed since then.


jaz@octoberfarm said...

great addition! i love the globe!

Joani said...

It looks great. So glad the brackets were still available. Have a great week.

dianefaith said...

It's beautiful! I wouldn't change a thing about that random assortment of items you have on it, either.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Now I can probably relate to your globe since those are the countries I wasted my time learning, lol. I have a 1908 Atlas and boy have things changed since then.

Sandy said...

1st Man,

I love what you've done to the foyer desk!!

1st Man said...

Thanks, the globe is fun. It was a fun find at a garage sale once upon a time.

1st Man said...

Thank you! Funny you mentioned the brackets, I looked and they are slightly different (!) than the other words. I never noticed. It's like the company slightly changed the ornate design. Thankfully they aren't near each other to be obvious. No one will ever be the wiser, except for everyone who reads this....LOL!

1st Man said...

Ha, thank you, very kind of you. Hey, for now, it makes it seem finished so I'm ok with that. :-)

1st Man said...

A great way of thinking it. I too learned them. Kind of crazy huh? I bet 1908 is great to look at.

1st Man said...

And it's still a work in progress. Thank you!!!