I put up “floating” shou sugi ban shelves! There’s a section of the studio that was just begging for shelves, and I could really use the storage space. But for these shelves, 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. The traditional practice of shou sugi ban involves charring cedar wood with fire, creating a a finished piece that is black and weatherproof, bug proof, and lasts for a long time.  

I gathered these materials:
  • Two pieces of 2” x 12” x 44” Pine Wood

  • Five pieces of 2” x 7” x 44” Pine Wood

  • Measuring Tape

  • Propane hand held flame

  • Two rags

  • Pencil

  • Stud Finder

  • Level

  • Drill

  • Four 12 inch “L” Brackets

  • 10 of the 3 inch “L” Brackets

  • 1.5 inch wood screws

  • 3/4 inch wood screws

Directions:

    • Select wood and cut wood pieces to size.
    • Light hand torch and burn wood.
    • Rub wood down with rag to remove excess charcoal.
    • Paint wood with whitewash stain.
    • Spray paint L brackets gold.
    • Find studs in wall and attach brackets, then attach wood to brackets.
    • Style shelves as you see fit.

I went with less of a traditional route and chose pine wood for my shelves. I wanted something that was lighter in color and would char well- and had them cut to size- 44 inches each. 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 from anything on it. 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 under different lighting settings. It’ll be so lovely with my future product shots and mini videos. I’m pumped!

Thanks for reading!
xx,
Maren