Before and After: Contemporary Den

A boring study is transformed into a rockin' hangout and sophisticated home office.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe shadow boxes not only create a unique art piece, but they make the guitars easily accessible.
To highlight Seth's beloved instruments, they built shadow boxes.


three 2x6s
four 4" L-brackets
2 battery-powered art lamps
thirty-two 4" nails/screws
eight 1-1/2" screws
eight 2" screws and anchors

miter saw
screw driver


1. Prime and paint the 2X6s as desired.

2. Using a miter saw, cut two 2X6s in half (4-inch pieces) and the other one in fourths (2-inch pieces), all at 45 degree angles.

3. Create each frame using two of the 2-inch pieces for the top and bottom and two of the 4-inch pieces for the sides. Attach the corners together with two 4-inch nails/screws on both sides of each corner.

4. Attach two L-brackets to both sides of the top inside corners of the frame with 1-1/2-inch screws. Make sure the L is heading downward.

5. Attach the other side of the L-bracket to the wall with two-inch screws and anchors in order to hang the frame.

6. Once the frames are at the desired height, attach art lamps to the top of the frames so the light is directed to the inside of the frame.