After cleaning and repairing, most of the dirty work is done. Now it’s time for my husband to come in and do the grunt work. In step three we trimmed out the mirror and hung a shelf above the counter top. As easy as this sounds, we ran into some trouble and it ended up taking much longer than we anticipated.
My husband trimmed out the mirror. Then I went in and filled the cracks with wood putty. Sometimes there are cases where mitered edges don’t come out perfect. I have worked in the construction industry (yes, I really did!) and even professional carpenters wouldn’t always have perfect edges. The professionalism comes from knowing how to make it LOOK perfect. Using a wood putty, I just go right in with my hands, fill in any imperfections and nail holes. My husband thinks it’s better to go in with silicone. You decide which is best. (You see who won this battle *wink*)
Next, we started on the shelf. The shelf will be where I am going to display my pie plates, cake pans, mixing bowls, etc. This shelf will need to be good and sturdy. That’s where the studs comes in handy…
As study as my husband and son are, I meant the studs in the wall.
Mark where the studs are, after finding them with a stud finder. Then screw a 2×4 support board into the studs. This part is important. It will hold the weight of your shelf and what’s on your shelf.
Using long screws, screw the board onto the support board. Then we are going to pretty it up using crown molding. So, we need to cut our crown molding…..
This is the point where we realized we broke our saw during our living room renovation.
Projects aren’t possible without a plan B (or plan C…possibly even a plan F)
We removed the shelf and support board from the wall and dug out some brackets that we were unable to use in a project from years ago (I told you, I never throw useful things away.)
These brackets are very expensive when you buy them in stores. We cheated and purchase one ($15) Then we walked over to the sheets of lumber and found one that was the same thickness as the premade bracket. We then used the premade bracket as a template and cut as many as we wanted for less than the price of one!
Evenly spacing the brackets, we screwed them on the wall and then screwed the shelf onto the brackets. Be sure to drill holes slightly smaller than the screws you are useing as pilot holes. Otherwise, your wood will likely split.
Then we went back in and placed new support 2×4′s into the studs. Then screwed the shelf back into the support 2×4.
Was any of that understandable? I sure hope so. If not, ask any questions. I will try and answer them the best I can.
I went in and filled all the screw holes with wood putty. Are you ready for the big reveal? You’ll have to wait until tomorrow! Be sure to subscribe below to get the reveal in your in-box.Pin It
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