shelf hanging tutorial

We've had this awkward space above our stove for way too long.  It's where the hood used to be but it was such an ugly one and wasn't very effective.  So we ended up tearing it out so we'd have to get a new one.  Well, we never did!  But it has been driving me crazy!  Eventually we are going to push the cabinets up tight to the ceiling (there's an 8 inch gap as it stands now) and then we'd also get new cabinet fronts/boxes.  But again, when that'll happen... who knows?!  But that's ok.... we're content!  Except for I knew I could do something about that ugly space.

Put a floating shelf in there!  One $5 Ikea shelf that we had left over would do the trick.  Viola!
And anyone can do this install!  Here's how I did it in just a short amount of time.

Step 1:  Measure your space.  Measure the board.  Mark the spot.
Step 2:  Measure your space AGAIN!  Measure the board!  Don't skip this step!  Mark the board.

Step 3:  Cut the board exactly where you have your marking.
Step 4:  Pre-drill some holes into the surface that you will be screwing the board into.
Step 5:  Put your board in the space.  If you've cut it exact, it should be a tight fit.  I put the cut side in place first because of the chance that the board could split on that end when you bump it in... and that's what you do next: bump the other side into place.
Step 6:  Get you level.  No, don't eyeball it, get your level!  Make sure the shelf is level!
Step 7:  Get your drill again, use the pre-drilled holes to secure the screws through the wood and into the shelf.  Make sure the shelf is still level before setting each screw.
And that's that!  The screws you use and how many will depend on the size of the shelf and what it's going to hold.  My shelf only required to screws on each side.
The spice jars are all from Ikea and you can see how I modified them here.  The oil dispensers is also a DIY project you can find there.

Hope that was helpful!  It's really just that simple as long as you have a tape measure, drill, driver, level, and screws!  Get to it!!