Project Panel How-To Project: Modern-Inspired Light Shelf Project

Posted 09/21/2018 by The Dimensions™ DIY Team

With a few simple tools and your bare hands, you can make this clean, modern light shelf. You won't believe how one piece of wood, an inexpensive lamp kit and an LED bulb can brighten up a room; make a bold, modern statement; and add a fresh and fun conversation piece that'll stop guests in their tracks.

  • Built-in bulb eliminates need for a table lamp
  • Natural birch looks clean and sharp -- or finish it any way you like
  • Perfect alternative to a traditional nightstand
  • Great for adding a touch of modern to any room in the house

All you need is one 2' x 2'  DimensionsTM Birch Project Panel (or two if you want to make a pair of shelves), the lamp kit of your choice, an LED bulb with the proper wattage for your lamp kit and screws.

Ok, so this really couldn't be any simpler. Cut your plywood to size. Screw and glue your panels into an L shape. Drill a hole for your lamp kit. Assemble and mount. Seriously guys and gals, this is such an easy project, you'll almost be embarrassed to brag about it. And as far as finishing, that's up to you. We left ours natural, but you could apply a bold stain, a fun paint design or simple polyurethane. Whatever suits your je ne sais quoi.

dimensions project panel light shelf 2

Want the complete step-by-step instructions including a shopping list and additional options for finishing! You can find the Dimensions products featured in this how-to guide at Home Depot, and Lowes.


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