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Hi there! Thanks for coming by to see Part 2 of my floating shelf makeover. Thanks to Masters Home Improvement, they set me a DIY challenge and this is what my husband I decided to do – it was not difficult and I am positive you’ll be able to do it too!
Here’s what I wanted to do:
• I needed 2 big floating shelves under a tv area between 2 storage cupboards.
• I wanted to make a frame to sit inside the space, and plaster (gyprock) the entire frame. This would mean square setting the corners.
• The frame/plaster idea would give me the width and length I required, plus be easy to mount to the wall and I would not need any brackets.
Are you with me? Ok, let’s see the progress photos below…
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We decided to hang around the building and timber products for this job…
Masters pre-cut all our long pieces of timber for the outside part of the frame. We kept the off-cuts and cut those to size when we got home. So, just take your measurements to Masters if you don’t have the tools to cut yourself – they’ll do it all for you!
You must put the bottom piece of plaster on before you mount it to the wall or you’ll never get it on. Just use your frame to lay on the plaster and score it with a knife and break the plaster off. This is really easy. It doesn’t matter if the edges are a little ratty because you’re going to plaster them. Just nail the plaster to the frame.
We have a stud-finder so when it came to mounting the frame in to the wall, we obviously found the studs and hit the frame in to those.
As you can see in the above photos, we put the top piece of plaster on before we mounted the top shelf in to the wall.
On go the external corner brackets. They were really long, so we used a pair of tin snips to cut them to size. They are then just nailed in to the plaster. This will give you a nice neat edge!
… And here are the shelves after they’ve had the plaster troweled on. I must admit I got out of doing this part! My husband wouldn’t let me near it haha! He is a perfectionist so I let him do this quietly on his own whilst I attended to children. We did NOT hire a plasterer! Truly, it wasn’t hard… just a bit of patience and take your time smoothing it on. It had about 3 coats. So the first one was a light coat and then it got thicker until you couldn’t see the external metal corners. Then it got a light sand so it felt smooth and was ready to paint.
Now I switched back in to gear and got busy painting it! We all argued in our house about which type of paint to use, but we ended up going with the flat white (to match the walls and make it look seamless). I originally wanted to do them in a semi-gloss but my husband didn’t want to. Haha! He won on this one!
Here’s the finished job…
I just need to buy some nice pieces and style the shelves up! They’re rather boring at the moment 😉
I am also going to give 3 lucky readers a $50 Masters gift voucher! All you have to do is answer this question and you’re in the draw…
How would Masters help you with that DIY project you’ve always wanted to do/been putting off?
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