I had a fabric remnant left over from a project I did for a friend, so I decided to use it to cover the plywood. The turquoise and white floral print would be cheery and bright for my otherwise not-so-bright attic.
I used a staple gun to cover the plywood in fabric.
My husband (dressed in his warmest duck hunting outfit because the attic was so cold that day) installed all the L-brackets and plywood shelves. He had them cut to size at Lowe's and just screwed them in to the brackets. It really was so easy (or so it looked to me). I painted the shelves white with some leftover trim paint.
I added a little tole chandelier for some extra light.
And then the fun part- loading up the shelves!
The shelves really aren't "styled" for these pictures. I could have made them much prettier if I had taken some of my other dinnerware, trays, crystal, etc up to the attic. But that's a lot of stairs to climb, so I just pictured them with the actual pieces that will stay up in the attic!
Now I have a great place for my Christmas china, all those vases that seem to accumulate under the kitchen sink, and for all those silver serving pieces that had previously taken up so much storage space in my dining room.
The next time I am entertaining or arranging flowers, I can just run upstairs, and all of my vases and serving pieces will be in one centralized location, instead of hiding pieces here and there in random cabinets.