I've had those Pottery Barn ledges/shelves sitting there like that for months, or years, I guess. I bought them for $60 (half off retail) from a lady on Craigslist in 2008. Then I seriously couldn't figure out where to put them in the house, even though this little alcove seemed like the perfect spot. So, I got all fired up and started by removing the most overused print in blogland.
Can you see the outline of filth when I took it down? Gross! I measured and re-measured for the placement of the cleats. When I was done, there was about ten marks on the walls. And I think I was pulling insulation out with every hole...but at least there is some!
So, when I finally got them both up and level, I was pretty pleased with myself.
Then I hung the shelf up and it was sort of hanging it's head in shame, if you see what I mean...
I tightened the cleats up more and then the shelf wouldn't go on. I messed with it for 30 minutes and it just wouldn't grab onto the hardware, so I took it down to see what the deal was. Then I saw it - the shelf extended past the hardware so there was no way it would go on, it was hitting the wall every time.
I was pretty irritated, so I mocked up these photos to tell you how I felt about this setback.
When Shaun got home from work I whined to him about how much Pottery Barn sucks at life, can you please look at these, is my brain made stupid by breastfeeding, or are these shelves messed up?? He agreed that they were not going on the wall because of that little strip of shelf hitting the wall. So I made a joke about shimming out the cleats with cardboard, and I'm embarrassed to say that is what we did.
They are ok, not perfect. They still lean down just a little bit because uh, the hardware is attached to cardboard before it hits the anchor/wall...but I don't care, I'm not putting much on them.
And I'm happy with the before and after.
Now, hopefully they don't fall down. Stupid things.