I started off just trying to figure out how to organize the cameras. I could comfortably fit four of the cameras in this smaller shelf. The good news is that it is pretty lightweight.
First, a bit about the cameras.
The oldest is in the upper left corner: a Rolleiflex T1 made from 1958-1966
The upper right corner is a Kodak Brownie Bullet made from 1957-1964
The lower left corner is a Kodak Instamatic X-15 made from 1970-1976
The lower right corner is a Kodak Instamatic 404 made from 1965-1969
You can see above where the shelf was going to rest and the shelf is leaning against the wall next to the level. But it was just too dang wobbly. I had to nix this idea. See the video for a real demo of the wobbly nature of the shelf. I couldn't put a bunch of vintage and expensive cameras perched on a wobbly shelf. I just couldn't.
Then, after I decided the arrangement of the first set of cameras, I mixed a batch of custom chalkboard paint. The color below is the same as the living room color. See, it isn't neon blue! This is almost an exact replicate of the real color the room looks. It is like the deep sea.
Three coats with the cameras: