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Project by davey posted 03-13-2012 06:52 PM 14133 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is a very talented hair stylist. She was cutting hair in one of the downstairs rooms which became the baby room… so now she has taken over the loft upstairs.

Because of the amount of sweeping to take place I framed out the floor and then installed snap lock wood/laminate flooring on sale at Lowes. The flood was recessed a little so the snaplock would be flush with the frame when installed. Built the 11’ floating shelf out of 2×10 boards. Heavy I know but once sanded and painted it looked sharp. The square floating shelf unit was built from pine 1×6s.

:::My little trick to very secure floating shelves:::
They actually have plywood backs to them secured to many studs. “Wait? I don’t see a plywood back!” That’s right, before I attached the backs I textured and painted them the same green/yellow color as the wall. Then just screwed through the back into the wall and studs and painted over the screws. You could jump on that 11’ shelf and it’s goin nowhere!

Minwax Classic Black Polyshades Gloss Wood Stain worked great and gave me a SOLID glossy black that is an easy to clean durable surface to deal with all the hair product and coloring. I used it on the shelves and border around the flooring.

Haven’t re-run the pluming yet so her professional salon sink is still in the baby room, haha. Thanks for lookin!

-- davey

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#1 posted 03-13-2012 06:57 PM

Nice work! I really like the tip about the floating shelves. I’ve never seen a salon in a house before. When can I come over for haircut?

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#2 posted 08-04-2015 05:00 PM

This is pretty old post, but i’m giving it a go anyways. What you did is EXACTLY what i was planning for my wife in our place. Though i’m adequately experienced in the ways of wood, i’ve done very little framing. What did your framing for that platform consist of? Also what boards did you use under the laminate? 3/4 particle or something?

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