Art Shelf “Hardware”: Anthropologie mint tins and REI tent-grommet-kit for improvisational shelf-L-brackets…(And yes, the Anthropologie salesperson gave me a weird look when I told her I wasn’t buying the mints to eat the mints but to create shelving…maybe she was too busy to see the tin’s minimalist design potential…)

 

Art Shelf Hardware With Leftover Mints: I emptied the tins (gave away the mints), and used the grommet kit’s phillips screws to hand-bore — using a phillips screwdriver —  a hole into the back on the tin’s inside (In both tins, I measured first…and as I bore, I placed cardboard panel behind the tins to protect any surfaces) and used an awl to increase the hole’s size…yes, an electric drill would’ve been awesome, but I improvised with what I had: my human arm and ear (…listening to Sabrina Carpenter’s “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”; her voice and the words “muddle through somehow” was a complete inspirational salve…a wonderful purchase…)…an awesome Saturday night…

 

Using the phillips screwdriver, I attached the tins to the wall (measuring the wall to get the tins and wood level) and closed the tin covers. I placed the East-Austin-found wood atop the mint tins and it promptly fell off. I — er, my hands — then placed the wood on its other more narrower side…and it stayed. (Thank you angels…)

 

Art Shelf complete! I placed the Helenbobelen art work on top of the wood. And truth be told, I washed all the walls before starting this diy project…(well, all that I could reach — it’s a Saturday night and I don’t have a ladder…I stood barefoot on my dumbbells…and yes, I have to eventually make some salvaged-wood chairs…or just a bench so my visiting friends don’t have to sit on the floor anymore. I digress…)

 

Art Shelf complete! La, la, la!

 

Art Shelf installation well-celebrated…thank you…thank you…thank you…xoxo…