Don't worry, the shelf was not hung crooked, I just took the picture crooked. Sorry.
First off I must say, I am very proud of myself. Why you ask? You may think it's silly, but when it comes to hanging heavy things that require putting screws in a wall and potentially really messing up the wall I get sweaty palms and anxiety. Any who, I thrifted an old shelf, heavy shelf, with good bones that just happened to be the perfect size for all of my cook books (adding yet more weight) all it needed was a little sanding and some new paint. At first I nominated my husband for the daunting task of hanging it who is good in all things fixing, hanging, building, etc. He is an engineer. After the shelf sat on the counter for a couple of days, by no fault of his own, I decided I would step out on a limb and give it a go. I started my search on shelf hanging with google, hey I want this thing to be sturdy. I couldn't find anything that would work, the back and inside of the shelf is very odd shaped, great. After exhausting the Internet I took a trip to the local hardware store, and yes I actually brought the shelf in the store with me, went down the appropriate isle and at looked at every hook, hanger, and screw in the store. I finally settled on a French Cleat hanger with a 200 lbs test, I know a little excessive, about 120 pounds excessive to be exact. That shelf is goin' nowhere!!! I brought my hardware home and got to work, carefully finding the studs, and measuring everything twice. And voila, it is done, finished, and goin' nowhere. And yes, I am so proud of myself and found a new confidence in my ability to handle heavy pieces. So I invite you all to step out on a limb and try something daunting or a bit scary.
Ta ta till later;)