So, free shelves. I measured where i wanted them, which happened to be the side of the stairwell. It was the only space that made sense out of all the walls in this window-filled house (not complaining). So they couldn't be even like they were in the last house, and i had to make a lightswitch work for me, but i think i did an OK job planning this out. After Chris made the cuts and screwed them into the wall for me, i taped them off so i could begin work on them.
Since this moulding was removed from a door instead of just buying it on the shelves, it's a little bit bent and bowed and had a noticeable gap when screwed flat against the wall:
Nothing that some caulk can't fix. Am i right, ladies? Notice that when i taped, i made sure it was about 1/8" up the wall so that there would be room for the caulking to blend the shelf to the wall.
After it dried, i taped them off again and painted them with Valspar's ultra white semi-gloss, just like the rest of the trim in the house, and was able to get away with two coats (gasp!). This is what they look like now...loaded up with pictures of my kids because what the hell else did you expect?