Everybody loves when a DIY challenge can add performance and sweetness to a house! Dena Breitmeyer of Fletcher Creek Cottage demonstrates how a easy staining challenge could be accomplished in a single afternoon with a only a few supplies from The Go forward wholesome.
I find it irresistible when a DIY challenge can add performance and sweetness to my residence! I find it irresistible much more when the challenge is tremendous easy, requires only a few supplies and you will get it accomplished in only one afternoon!
This DIY Is Enjoyable And Straightforward To Do
At present I’m excited to share the steps on how I constructed the big wall cabinets that I’ve in our residence! I’m additionally going to share learn how to end them, in order that they have a customized look that’ll assist them to actually stand out in your wall. Chances are high if in case you have a storage with a number of issues available you received’t want to purchase quite a bit for this challenge! I solely wanted to purchase the three following supplies to construct this shelf.
Supplies Wanted To Construct This Massive Wall Shelf
Instruments Wanted For This Mission
This challenge is tremendous easy so you’re solely going to want a number of instruments. You’ll need to chop your boards to size in case you don’t purchase them the size you need. My boards are 8ft and I’m going to make use of the whole size. I’m solely going to chop off the tough finish utilizing my compound miter noticed. You may additionally use a round noticed for this step in case you don’t have a miter noticed.
Additionally, you will want a cordless drill to connect the two×6 boards to the corbels, both a sanding block or an orbital sander (I used a sanding block) and a degree (for hanging the shelf).
Right here’s a Useful Tip to Think about Earlier than Getting Began
Lumber, comparable to 2x6s, include a rounded edge. When you don’t need your shelf to have that look chances are you’ll wish to take a ⅛ or an ¼ inch off either side of your 2x6s by operating them by a desk noticed. This step is completely pointless, however it’ll give your shelf extra of a refined look in case you take the corners off simply ever so barely. I don’t thoughts the rounded edge so I’m going to skip that step…simply realize it’s an possibility!
After you have your boards, corbels and stain you’re prepared to begin. Step one is to put one 2×6 on the bottom after which place each corbels on their backs (the facet that goes up towards the wall) after which determine how far in you need your corbels to be from the sting of the shelf. Since my shelf is 8ft lengthy I made a decision to place my corbels eight inches in from every finish.
The longer your shelf is, the additional in from the ends (in the direction of the center) you need to place your corbels. This helps with help and it additionally seems higher total. In case you are making a shelf that may be a little shorter (like Three-Four ft lengthy), strive protecting the corbels nearer to the ends. I might most likely place them at Four-6 inches from the ends on a Four ft shelf.
Utilizing your cordless drill, screw two, Three ½ in. development screws into the highest of the shelf and down into the highest of the wooden corbel.
Repeat that very same step on the alternative finish of the shelf. Guarantee that your corbels keep flush to the board if you are attaching them. Now that you’ve the primary board connected, place your second board in entrance of the primary one and repeat the steps yet one more time.
Prepping The Shelf For Stain
You now have a shelf and it’s time to prep for stain! Air flow is necessary so I wish to work outdoor or in my storage with the doorways open when sanding and marking! As a result of these corbels come pre-sanded this step is a breeze! Merely run a sanding block of 180 grit or extra on any tough edges and take away any mud with a lint free fabric and that’s it! Now you’re prepared for the enjoyable half…ending it with a ravishing stain! In case you are working indoors/storage, make sure to use a drop fabric or plastic to guard your flooring earlier than staining.
How To End Your Customized Shelf Utilizing Varathane Premium Stain
Selecting what stain to make use of is straightforward…I’ve been utilizing Varathane Premium Stain for years on numerous initiatives and it at all times does a ravishing job! I really like utilizing Varathane Premium Stain for my initiatives as a result of it solely takes one coat, it dries in 1 hour and there’s no want to use a wooden conditioner when utilizing this stain! It’s simple to make use of and just a little goes a great distance! I really like that I can relaxation assured realizing my initiatives are nicely protected.
Useful Tip: In case you are not sure about what coloration to make use of, strive testing multiple coloration of stain on a scrap piece of wooden earlier than deciding or making use of it on to your shelf.
Varathane Premium Wooden Stainhas numerous trending colours to select from. For this challenge I used the colour Golden Pecan. A few of my different favourite colours Varathane affords are Kona and Darkish Walnut! Weathered Grey can be one I’ve used quite a bit and I find it irresistible. Sunbleached can be implausible for getting extra of a whitewashed look (like I’ve on all our inside trim and molding). I believe it might be lovely towards a darker paint coloration on a wall. As a result of my partitions are white shiplap, I believe the Pecan seems nice on this shelf serving to it to face out simply sufficient with out being overpowering!
Varathane Premium Wooden Stain Software Steps
All the time stir the wooden stain earlier than making use of it to your shelf. I like to make use of a rag or fabric after I stain one thing this dimension. You should use a brush in case you’d desire (that is an oil-based stain so in case you use a brush you’ll be able to clear it simply with mineral spirits). I additionally advocate sporting gloves when utilizing a rag to use the stain. When you do use a rag, you need it to be moist however not soaking moist (not dripping). Be certain to completely saturate the wooden when making use of the stain. Then take away any additional stain with a clear, lint free fabric ensuring to concentrate to any areas the place it could have run or dripped (like inside corners). When you do have a drip on the wooden, make sure and wipe it up instantly earlier than it has an opportunity to soak in. Repeat over the whole shelf.
As soon as your shelf is totally stained…let it dry for the really helpful time of 1 hour and you then’re prepared to hold it up! Initiatives like this are so enjoyable and might actually add a lot curiosity to your property! I’ve made numerous these cabinets over time and I really like how Varathane Premium Wooden Stain can utterly rework common outdated, cheap 2x6s into a beautiful shelf! Nobody would ever guess this was solely pine beneath that lovely coloration!
Hanging Your New Wall Shelf
These corbels are my go- to when constructing cabinets as a result of they arrive with a recessed bracket already on the again of them! When looking for corbels…make sure to purchase strong wooden ones! The primary time I attempted this challenge I used fake wooden corbels. They broke after being up on the wall for a few weeks and the whole shelf got here crashing to the ground!!! Fortunately, nobody was harm! Lesson discovered and that’s not a mistake I’ll make once more!
You’ll need to just be sure you hit a stud in your wall when hanging your new shelf. Or, be certain to make use of a wall anchor that’s rated for the load of your shelf. My shelf is held on my 1×Four pine boards (diy shiplap). I knew it might maintain the load of the shelf and something that I placed on high of the shelf!
I really like a enjoyable challenge that solely takes a day to construct and appears implausible when it’s accomplished! Now that I’ve proven how easy this challenge is…I’d like to know who else goes to construct their very own shelf?