Hi Friends! It’s a new year and I have a plethora of new projects to complete and share with you. First of all, on the agenda: completing my little guy’s room. Although I won’t share the whole reveal in this post, I want to go into detail about one of my favorite features for this room. I decided early on that I wanted to create some kind of fun and classic, car-related shelf for storage. So, I was absolutely thrilled to have found this old bumper. Take a look at how I was able to turn a bumper into a shelf!
Tools and Supplies You Will Need:
- metal bumper
- laser level
- blue tape
- permanent marker
- grinder and metal blade
- wood for the shelf and cleat
- 1-2×4 pine
- wood gun
How to Turn a Bumper into a Shelf
- Add blue tape to your bumper so you will be able to see the laser line. Since you will want a good visual, trace the line with a permanent marker.
- Use a grinder and metal blade to cut both edges of the bumper so it will sit closer to the wall.
- Place a piece of wood (I used reclaimed pine) on top of the bumper. Trace it underneath with a permanent marker to get the pattern. Use a jigsaw to cut out the wood pattern. Because most bumpers have a slight angle, in order to get the wood to sit down flush inside the bumper you will need to then use the jigsaw to cut the edge at a 45 degree angle.
- Once the wood piece is cut, fit it back into the bumper and make any adjustments necessary. Sand down the edges of the wood so they are smooth.
- Drill smaller holes through the existing bumper brackets to attach a 2 x 4 underneath. This 2 x 4 will be used to attach the top shelf and cleat. We used a variation of a French cleat.
- For the bottom cleat, create a shelf with a ledge on top. For the top cleat, create a ledge on the underside of the wood so the 2 will hook together and slide. This will make it easier to center on the wall.
- Place the cut shelf onto the top of the bumper. Use a nail gun and 3 screws to attach the wood to the installed 2 x 4.
- Because this is so heavy, you will want to use studs and a level. Place the bumper on the bottom cleat to make sure it is centered and snug.
Try it out and see how you can DIY too!