Here are some photos which were my inspiration for this project:
- Pepsi with ice (essential)
- 1 piece of pine board (with no knots, boo to knots!)
- 2 pine shelf brackets (I had to find ones that were slim enough to fit on either side of the doorway)
- 1 piece of pine trim (the same width as the pine board)
- compound mitre saw (woah!)
- carpenter's glue (sticky)
- staple gun (Alex's idea)
- nail set (I like this little gadget)
- wood filler (tinted white)
- sandpaper (fine grit)
- primer (Fresh Start - Benjamin Moore)
- paint (Simply White - Benjamin Moore)
- screws (long enough to go through plaster and then wood)
- drill (I finally know how to change the drill bits, woohoo!)
See the sawdust on there? That's from me!
First, with Alex's supervision, I used the mitre saw to cut the pine board to the length I needed. I also cut each end on an angle to match up with our charmingly crooked walls. I also cut the piece of trim to match the length of the front of the board. Before I attached the trim I made sure to sand and prime each piece.
Because the trim I selected was so thin, I was able to use a staple gun to attach it to the front of the pine board. I also used carpenter's glue to make sure it adhered properly. I used a nail set and wood filler to conceil the 7 staples I used. Easy peasy.
Finally, I gave everything 2 good coats of Simply White by Benjamin Moore (which matches the trim in the room). I attached the brackets to the wall on either side of the doorway with a drill and screws and simply placed the board on top.
And here's how it looks all finished, crooked walls and all.
I don't have alot of trinkety things to put up top this little shelf yet, but I'm always looking for an excuse to go shopping. :)