these. The problem with those brackets were A) the price, and B) the distance. Then, I saw this image on Pinterest and immediately knew I had found my solution. So I started with standard L-brackets I purchased at Lowes for less than $3 a pop.
same can of paint I used for the cabinet knob, soap pump, and light fixture then installed them, upside down, on the freshly painted wall. One row of them are screwed into a wall stud and the other row is installed with heavy duty anchors (I like using toggle anchors).
cut them to size for me, I sanded them down with an orbital sander to sand away all the dirt and scuff marks from being in a garage for who-knows-how-long. I wish I had taken a before picture because, wow, what a difference it made.
I then set them up on the brackets to decide if I wanted to stain them or leave them be. It was a tough decision, I even asked for advice on Instagram and Twitter. Eventually, I settled on just sealing them with Polycrylic, which I already had on hand. (Thanks, @lamourcheznous for the encouragement!)
I set up shop on our dining table and sealed the fronts and sides with three thin coats of semi-gloss Polycrylic, using a foam brush and sanding with 220 grit sandpaper between each coat. The next day, I flipped them over and sealed the other side. Here they are bare...
Oh yeah, and then this happened. That's a broken bit right there. Which, by the way, happened to me while installed the brackets (forcing me to move them all up a half-inch). This has also happened to me while hanging our living room shelves and the children's shelves. What is it with me and broken bits?!
front yard and that vase was a thrift store find I forgot to share with you all. I'm horrible, I know... you might as well arrest me for withholding information, I plead guilty.
This tiny little bathroom is definitely coming along quite nicely. All that's left to do is hang art, which I am still deciding on. In a couple of days I will show you the finished product... oh the anticipation!