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Exposed shelf brackets: help / suggestions, please
RichC
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Joined: Mar 25, 2018
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Posted: 2018-04-02 7:31 pm   Permalink

Hello Everybody.

I am an admitted tiki amateur finishing up phase two of a home bar renovation. The small wet bar came with the house and it occupies an odd place just off the family room. It doubles as the corridor to our laundry room and garage. It makes a nice little bar, but as this space must remain a clear thoroughfare, I can't really build it out to any degree. In other words, the decor must all stick pretty flatly to the walls and I have done my best to give the space some dimension by building little arrangements on shallow shelves.







I am dissatisfied with the shelf brackets I have found available on-line and hoping someone can suggest a source or DIY plans for bamboo and/or other tiki-tropical shelf supports. One of my shelves is a weathered, whitewashed board with metal brackets I hoped would suggest salvage from a Victorian pineapple plantation house. They just look like they came from the hardware store (which, of course, they did).



The other brackets are special-order wrought iron from Etsy that are more convincing as shipwreck salvage but still not thoroughly satisfying. They'll look better when I black out the screw heads.



Oceanic Arts sells great rattan hangers that I have purchased and put to some use and several sources provide excellent trim. Where have you all found some luck with good tropical / tiki hardware, though: Shelf brackets, door knobs, door stops, light switch plates, etc.?




 
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mike and marie
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Joined: Jun 24, 2008
Posts: 352
Posted: 2018-04-03 10:05 am   Permalink

Amazon has some interesting stuff:

Nice bamboo wall plate for a light switch




Nice bamboo wall plate for electric outlet




Solid bamboo rail





Bamboo door knob



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MadDogMike
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Joined: Mar 30, 2008
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From: The Anvil of the Sun
Posted: 2018-04-03 10:17 am   Permalink

You might torch those white brackets to burn off some or all of the white paint (after you take them from the wall ) There are pickling solution recipes on the web to accelerate rusting. Propane canister torches are available fairly cheap at Lowe's, Walmart, Harbor Freight, etc - plus they come in handy for making creme brule or seared salmon nigiri
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hang10tiki
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Joined: Jul 18, 2010
Posts: 8096
From: Las Vegas
Posted: 2018-04-03 5:36 pm   Permalink

you could cover them with tapa cloth.
Or cut a piece of Hawaiian fabric into a square,
fold it in half at the corners to make a triangle large enough to cover the triangle shaped brackets.
Or hang a grass skirt from the shelf above to hide them

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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 2018-04-04 04:44 am   Permalink

Too late now, but for high shelves you can mount the brackets on top of the shelf where they can't be seen.
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RichC
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Joined: Mar 25, 2018
Posts: 16
Posted: 2018-04-05 05:53 am   Permalink

Thank you for the tips. I like the wicker doorknob and will try wrapping the brackets in tapa cloth or some soft burlap. Cheers.

 
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MaukaHale
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Joined: May 07, 2012
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From: The base of the Volcano
Posted: 2018-04-05 06:45 am   Permalink

Home Depot has an assortment of wood brackets that you can stain or paint. Here are brackets I bought from Home Depot and just used a board for the shelf to hold a wooden figure.





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Rob Roy
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Joined: Dec 03, 2004
Posts: 368
From: Ventura, CA
Posted: 2018-04-05 11:33 am   Permalink

Put a new skin on an Ikea floating shelf.

https://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50282182/

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Tipsy McStagger
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Joined: Nov 21, 2004
Posts: 3681
From: HELL
Posted: 2018-04-05 7:13 pm   Permalink

try these




www.etsy.com/shop/forwardbackvintage

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RichC
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Joined: Mar 25, 2018
Posts: 16
Posted: 2018-04-08 05:48 am   Permalink

Love those shelves! He does great work and the prices seem reasonable. Thanks

 
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Polly_Nesia
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Joined: Jul 21, 2008
Posts: 77
From: California
Posted: 2018-04-11 09:30 am   Permalink

OP let's see if I can describe this. I could see taking two pieces of wood, one on each side the bracket sandwiching the bracket between them, add a "trim" piece along their exposed edge (result of the bracket width) and stain them brown along with the shelf piece. Embellish with carved out designs using a router maybe.

Suppose you could also do a more temporary similar solution using pink foamboard pieces, adhesive, heated foam cutter tool, latex primer and latex paint. Carve out the inner section of the side panels so you could fit the bracket inside for a more compact look. You could do the same using wood if you used a router.

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