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Hanging a Decorative Shelf

Spruce up your home with this easy and affordable decor addition. Russel Smith from The Home Depot shares the steps to completing this project.

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, January 2012


  • Decorative shelf with brackets

  • Drill

  • Wall anchors (depending on weight and wall material)
  • Screws

  • Awl

  • Yardstick

  • Hammer


  1. Drill a hole into the wall at the desired shelf height. (Tip: To minimize dust when drilling into drywall, first punch a pilot hole using an awl.)

  2. Use a level and yardstick to find the correct height for the second hole. (Tip: Use a yardstick to add length to your level instead of buying a larger level.)

  3. Push wall anchors into the drilled holes, then tap anchors gently with a hammer until they are flush with the wall surface. (Tip: Use a drill bit that’s slightly smaller than the anchors for a tight fit.)

  4. Screw screws into anchors, leaving a portion of the screw stem exposed. Place shelf brackets onto screws, then place and attach shelf on top of brackets.

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