Can I Cope With the Slope?

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  February 29, 2012 — 4 Comments

Getting shelves up on the pegboard above my desk has been the slowest process ever. First I waited until I could paint the pegboard, then I couldn’t find pegboard shelf brackets locally and had to order them online. Once I got them, I realized that not only had I ordered the wrong size, but the brackets allowed the shelves to learn forward slightly. It seemed like it was just one thing after another.

After an embarrassingly long time in the lumber aisle, I figured out that I could use super cheap 1×3 furring strips to adjust the size of the shelves. They were something like $1.30 each and the staff at Lowe’s cut them to size for me so it was an easy and inexpensive fix. I still couldn’t get the shelves to be level, though. I tried putting little pieces of cardboard or wooden shims under the bottom of each bracket, but I just couldn’t make it work. After several hours of fiddling with them I finally decided to just return those brackets and get some different ones. Then I spent a week emailing back and forth with the company I bought them from and they are just really not being very cooperative. It’s all very annoying.

Well, this weekend I got sick of waiting and decided to put all the shelves up just to see how it looked.

Obviously the boards still need to be painted, but I want to make sure I’ll actually be using them first. Is the fact that they slope forward glaringly obvious to you?

You can see here how I put the 1×3′s in the back to fix the depth.

Don’t things look reasonably level from this perspective?

The bubble says otherwise.

I’m really tempted to just paint the boards and move all my stuff up there. I feel like I’ve been waiting sooooo long to use the shelves I’ve been envisioning for months!

I really think that the minor issue that anything capable of rolling would be completely unsafe is not such a big deal, but maybe that’s just the desperation talking. Once I get those boards painted white, tweak the height and spacing of the shelves a little (and maybe even ditch that very top shelf), and load them up with lots of pretty and functional stuff, I’ll forget all about the whole sloping issue, right?

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4 responses to Can I Cope With the Slope?

  1. LOL When I saw your headline, I thought you were talking about the new shape of your tummy. I remember having that issue, but then my last baby was 10 1/2 pounds!
    In your photos, the slope of your shelves is not glaringly obvious, but I would be concerned about things rolling or sliding off. I think it will look fine, though.

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap February 29, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      Hahaha yeah I am getting to be quite rotund these days! As for the shelves, I guess I won’t be storing rolling pins anytime soon!

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