The final result.
Beginning with your measuring tape,
measure the area you are wanting to place the coffee bar at
. Ideally, there should be enough space between the wall and the bar for cords. If you would like it to be flush against the wall, make sure to cut notches/holes in the board before you attach it to the wall.
Purchase your board. Cut your board to the desired length
(Places like Lowe's typically provide a single cut in-house, so you don't even have to trim anything if you don't want to.) We went ahead and applied 3-4 coats of the mineral oil (20 min. drying time per coat) with some paper towels and let it dry overnight. If you use varnish or polyurethane, make sure to do it in a well ventilated area and allow adequate drying time so it won't be too sticky.
Once you have your board,
use the measuring tape to measure the appropriate height.
(if using chairs or stools at the bar, make sure a person can fit comfortably underneath it).
Find your wall studs. The higher the pitch, the closer to the stud you are. If you don't trust your ears, a stuff finder is a handy thing to have. Once you've found your studs, place a pencil line at the appropriate height/stud location.
Now you'll want to mount the first bracket. In a perfect world, you would be able to fit three brackets equidistantly so that the load is distributed properly, but it is really dependent on the length of your board and location of the studs (they should be spaced at the same intervals unless it is an older house.) Use your best judgment. If you can only use two brackets, try to get them as evenly spaced as possible to prevent the wood from bowing. The brackets can hold up to 500 lbs each-- the wood is not so fortunate, although it can withstand quite a bit, too. Place a tick mark on the wall where each screw hole is. These will be your guide to prime the wall space.
Take your drill and, using a drywall screw as a guide (or a small drill bit),
create holes where the tick marks were that you just made.
proceed to mount the bracket to the wall
. I would recommend screwing the top hole in first, then the bottom, and then the middle (if applicable.) Follow S5-S7 for the second bracket, third, etc.
S8: Once you place your board,
use a level to verify that everything is straight
. If it isn't, you'll have to go through the process of remounting it again, which will leave more holes to fill!
Once the wood is securely in place,
take the 1/4" screws and screw them in to the top hole in the bracket to help secure the board
Go make some coffee!
If you want to go the optional route
S11A: Prime all of the wood.
S11B: After that dries, affix the square wooden box to it with a healthy amount of E6000 glue.
S11C: While that is drying, take the wooden shelf and glue the LED fixture to it with E6000. Make sure to not glue any parts that you may need to remove. We ended up using a scrap piece of wood to make a longer light shield, so if you need one, glue that on, too. Let this sit overnight.
S11D: Then, take more drywall screws, find the studs, and screw directly into the studs until it is snug against the wall.