When we last left our dashing home improvement stud muffin (Greg, in case there was any doubt), he had successfully capped off the piping while his partner in crime (Hazel) slept on the floor.
The following day Greg and I journeyed to Lowe’s for MDF board to build the shelves and supports with. Our plan had us building two inch strips to affix to the wall to have the shelf rest on since that is how the wet bar counter was installed. After selecting our board, we had 2 two inch strips cut and then had the board cut in half.
Once we got out to the car, we missed the SUV for the first time in a year—the cut boards didn’t fit. Back into Lowe’s we went to have two inches trimmed off each half. Apparently this sort of thing happens all the time and they didn’t even charge us for the extra cuts.
Must have been my low cut shirt and pushup bra.
So now back to the project and how I’m going to break it up today:
- Cutting the Shelves
- Installing the Shelves/Trim
Cutting the Shelves
What you will need:
- Table Saw
- Circular saw
- MDF Board
When we removed the counter top, we saved it to create a template. Greg laid it down on the MDF board and traced the shape noting which side would be the top. After that, he laid the supports on our precut two inch strips to mark length and nail placement.
Why nail placement? Well, they were in the studs so this meant Greg did not have to refind the studs.
Cutting the two inch strips (two sets) was easy—he just used table saw.
The shelves involved several saws due to the shape/size.
After drawing the template we used the table saw for the first cut.
Then Greg clamped the cut piece to the table saw to use the circular saw for the diagonal cut.
I think it took us longer to figure out what to use than to cut both pieces.
Side note: You can use a circular saw for the whole project. We had it out for the supports and it was easier to make the first cut with it.
Installing the shelves
What you will need:
- 8 wood screws
- Nail gun with nails
1. First things first—we wrote another message behind the wood support. It is tradition at this point (and a great tradition.)
2. We placed our new supports in the same spot as the old ones (marked the nail spots on the board.) Be sure to level your supports. Greg drilled two wood screws in each board and then let me attack it with the nail gun.
Side note: Can I tell you how much I love the nail gun? Best purchase ever.
3. We placed the counter top down and it fit! Remove once you know it fits.
4. We repeated the process a few feet up for the second shelf.
Since we removed all the inside trim, we decided to cover the cap with lattice. You would have thought after the living room project, spare lattice would be floating around.
Wrong. We measured that room so well we needed to buy lattice for this project. A few strips of three inch lattice did the trick. Greg measured the lengths between:
- Floor and shelf 1
- Shelf 1 and shelf 2
- Shelf 2 and ceiling
- Width of doorway
A few cuts . . .
Painting the Shelves
What you will need:
- Quart of paint
- Paint brush
- 4 inch roller
- Drop cloth
- Edger thing
- Sand paper
We picked up a quart of Behr’s Irish Mist for the closet and didn’t put much effort into the color choice. A white closet worked for us and we picked one with warmer undertones to match warmth of the room.
Yes, white can have warm undertones. It’s amazing the variation in white paints.
In the days leading up to painting, Greg spackled and sanded uneven spots in the wall such as where the counter top back splash was.
Then it came time to paint. Greg spent the better part of the day painting the closet due to all of the cutting. He’s usually the roller and not used to this aspect. With painting, it is always best to do two coats.
We let the paint cure for a few days before moving all our possessions back in—organized of course.
Like the grand result—
Price breakdown to follow tomorrow . . . once I find all my receipts.