DIY Shelf Building – Part 1
Making your own shelf can save you money and allow you to customize the space for your needs. You may want different sizes for shelf space or a design that matches the rest of your home decor. You will need a few essential building materials.
You will need:
1. Wood Planks – Cut to size
2. Wood Screws
3. A screw Gun
Determine the measurements for your shelf based on where you want it. Keep in mind that you need space for power outlets, light switches, and vents. Next, you need to get your planks of wood. Home hardware stores and places like home depot are great sources. They have a variety of wood with different lengths and depths as well as wood type. They also provide services to cut the wood to the required lengths.
Sizes Used In This Project:
Six 7-feet long & 1-foot wide wood boards
Cutt four 7-feet long boards into 3 feet long peaces. Each 7-foot peace will yield two 3-foot long boards and one 1-foot long piece
Cut two 7-feet long boards into 6-feet long each and you will also get 2 peaces 1-foot long.
Six 1-foot long boards
Eight 3-feet long boards
Two 7-feet long boards
In the same store, you can pick up wood screws that are the right size for your shelf. In an area with enough space, place the wood planks the way you want your shelf. This gives you an idea of how the wood pieces fit and an overall visual of the final product. You can change shelf sizes and features to see how it looks. This can also indicate if there is a problem with wood piece sizes.
Next, mark the wood pieces to indicate where the wood screws will go. Use the screw gun to place the wood screws. Your shelf is now built. You can add some finer details now.
DIY – Shelf Painting -Part 2
Once you’ve built your shelf you may choose to paint it to allow it to match your home decor and further customize it. Painting is relatively simple and you need a few materials.
You will need:
2.A drop cloth or newspapers
3. A Sander (optional)
4. Paint Brushes
5. Paint Roller
7. Wood Filler
If you want the wood to be smoother or just want to fix rough edges you can sand the wood. Use compressed air to remove the sawdust before moving to other steps.
Wear gloves and start by filling in nail holes, knots and other holes in the wood. Allow the wood filler to dry. Place the shelf on the drop cloth. Next, open the paint, stir it and pour it into a paint tray. Paint your shelf using the roller and paint brushes. You may need a few coats of paint. If knot holes are visible after the first coat of paint use wood filler to fill them in.
Allow the paint to dry before placing items on it. Next, you can add decals or small embellishments.
1. Fill in the holes in the wood with wood filling paste.
2. Pour paint into the paint tray.
3. Use a paint roller for large surfaces and brushes for smaller corners
4. You may need several coats of paint.