I put up “floating” Shou Sugi ban shelves! There’s a section of the studio that was just begging for them, and I could really use the storage space. But for these pieces, I wanted something a little different. A while back I found a photo of this beautiful zebra stripe looking wood, and I wanted something similar. So I turned to the traditional Japanese art of Shou Sugi Ban for my shelves, which involves charring cedar wood with fire, creating a finished piece that is black and weatherproof, bug proof, and lasts for a long time.
I went a little less traditional route and chose pine wood. I like the wood being a lighter color and it burns beautifully creating lovely stripes. Every piece was cut to 44 inches at the hardware store so they would fit. I was also excited to find something that didn’t break the budget, especially since I would be doing so much refinishing to them.
I used a rag to remove any excess charcoal. Then I painted the pieces with a whitewash stain and again wiped them down with another rag. I decided that the charred wood without this stain was a little too dark and would distract in photos. I was also looking for uniformity in the color and the stain really helped with that.
I’m not showing this step in pics, but I spray painted the L brackets with gold spray paint. Then I found the studs (with my stud finder) and attached them to the wall with my 1.5 inch screws, then attached the wood to the brackets with the 3/4 inch screws.
Make sure your shelves are even- very important! Max helped me a lot with this step.
Then add items to the shelves. My plan is to fill these beauties with lots of plants, so stay tuned. I will be sharing some plant tips and some styling ideas for the pots. Lots of fun projects on the way with this!
I think the final product looks pretty awesome. It’s not perfect, but I’m okay with that. I also love the way the texture pops out with different lighting. It’ll be so lovely with my future product shots and mini videos. I’m pumped!
Thanks for reading!
Hello, I’m Maren. I was raised in the wilds of Oregon. Hunting and gathering and chasing coyotes.