Confession: until just a year ago, I used to be a total power tool phobia. The only time I touched a power tool, was to hand it to hubby.
So, when some blogger friends invited me to a power tool challenge, I was instantly intrigued. Really, can we build furniture with just a drill, the least intimidating of all power tools? ( OK, the lovely hardware store people will make a couple of simple cuts for us, of course!)
Easy to build and hang, this beautiful gold and turquoise DIY rope shelf is also collapsible, great for those of us who move a lot or love to rearrange furniture!
It is so rewarding and empowering to be able to build your own furniture! This was how I felt when I jumped into a 16 week wood working class and made this wall cabinet!
The rope shelf we are making today is a lot easier!
Materials and tools:
- ropes: I wanted to use 1/2″ sisal rope bu it was out of stock at the time, so I used 50 feet of 1/4″ Sisal Rope, and doubled it by twisting 2 strands, so if you use 1/2″ rope, you will only need 25 feet.
- wood shelves: each piece measures 8″ wide by 24″ long by 0,75″ thick. If you get 1×8 pine or other type of wood at the hardware store, they will cut it into 2′ section for you.
- paints: I used acrylic paint to dye the ropes and paint the shelves.
- It’s super easy to hang the shelf. We used Monkey Hook Easy Picture Hangers for Drywall, 50lb.
- the only tool we need is a drill! Use a Spiral Flute 3/4″ Drill Bit (prefered, as the cut is smoother) or a 3/4″ Spade Drill Bit which is what we had on hand
Dye the rope by dipping it into a bowl of diluted yellow acrylic paint. Lay it on plastic or hang it to dry.
Sisal ropes can have lots of loose fiber hanging, so I trimmed it a bit to give a cleaner look.
Here’s a easy little trick on how to drill the 4 holes on each board: cut a square piece of paper 1.5″x1.5″, line it at each of the 4 corners, and draw a dot at the other corner. This will give us the centers for the drill to start.
Use some scrap wood under the board that will be drilled through to protect your work table. Sand the wood a little if needed.
Paint the wood with your favorite colors of acrylic paint or milk paint. I love turquoise, I also diluted the acrylic paint so the wood grains still shows a bit.
If you are using 1/4″ rope like I did, twist 2 strands to form 1 bigger strand. They stay together quite easily. You want to end up with 2 pieces of 1/2″ thick rope, each about 12.5′ long.
I also colored a small piece of sisal rope the turquoise color for some fun details later.
Fold a piece of rope in half, start making the first 2 knots, one at about 11″ from the mid point, the other at 13″ from mid point.
Thread through the 2 holes on the top shelf, then tie a knot on the underside of each hole. Repeat on the other side.
The second and third shelf are all spaced at 12″ apart. So measure the rope and do the same knotting and threading for each shelf, keep testing and adjusting the knots if needed.
Gotta have tassels right? It’s so easy to make tassels with sisal ropes!
After the last knot, keep loosening all the twists on the ropes until you get a tassel like bundle. I also added the small piece of turquoise rope for a fun accent.
There are many ways to hang the shelf. We have dry wall, so we used these 50lb Monkey Hook Easy Picture Hangers for Drywall. Two of them can actually hold 100 lb!
What style should we call our rope shelf? Beachy and carefree?
Talking about carefree, this two pallet potting bench is definitely part of the group!
What else can we make with just a drill? Check out some of my awesome friends’ projects here! Seriously. Amazing. xo