Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Shelf Tutorial Using Wall Paper Borders Part 1

OK this is going to be a long drawn out tut but I think it will be easy. I have like 31 pictures to walk you thru this. SO Ever seen a piece of wall paper border you thought would make a really cool....SOMETHING?? But what??? Here is what you can do with it.....Find an old piece of plywood..or if your lucky enough to have a new piece use that. This is the back side that you never see.. It's normally nailed to the wall!Here is the front side of the plywood I am going to use...Nasty ain't it..ok..not for long!!Take your wall paper border and select the part you want to use.. Wall paper border repetes so look for a place to cut where you have the whole picture with out over lapping the picture on the ends. I got this at Menards and it cut real nice between the houses. Cept I think it's printed at an angle?? Whatever..OK get your piece of wall paper border cut..Size does not matter. Any size border will work for this project.Now lay the wallpaper down on the BACK side of the plywood DON'T GLUE IT!!! just set it down..... We will be using new boards for the frame so.... find a nice board.. I used a piece of trim I had laying around here.. it does not matter how wide it is only that it is exactly the same length as your wall paper picture. You can now measure the trim so it is the same length as the wall paper is long, mark a line and cut the trim. Lay the trim down EVEN with the bottom edge of the plywood, leaving a space on all 3 remaining sides. Lay the wall paper above it so it is touching the trim but not under it. Draw a line around the wall paper. Ok new boards are 3/4 of an inch thick sooo measure 3/4 of an inch from the wall paper line and trim draw a line 3/4 away up the sides and across the top.. Draw a 3/4 space.

See in the pictures a line drawn 3/4 of an inch all around the wall paper and the trim . You don't have to draw a line under the trim.. The trim IS the bottom.
oK go ahead and cut out the plywood piece. You should have now. A piece of plywood 3/4 of an inch bigger on the sides and the top than your wallpaper border and the width of your trim on the bottom.

Bottom rim is even and 3/4 on the sides and top. You can sand the edges of the plywood to get rid of any splinters.
Put some white glue under the trim and press down.. Hold it and flip the plywood and trim over so the finished side is up.
Put a few nails thru the finished side into the trim..Make sure the nails are shorter than the thickness of your trim so they don't go all the way thru the trim. Make sure the bottom edge stays even and the side and top still have a 3/4 space.
Flip your plywood back over and it should look like this now.. The trim is glued and nailed. You are now ready for the sides of the shelf. Get your new wood. I used 2....3/4 x 3 1/2 x 15 inch long piece as that is what I had. You need 2 pieces. One for each side of the shelf.

OK Here I lined up the top of my new board EVEN with the top of the wall paper. The new board is laying on it's edge and on the 3/4 inch space you left on the sides and top.
Here you have to decide how much you want to hang down below your trim. I went about 3 inches...AND I want a curve not a blunt straight cut.... so ..............

Make a piece of paper the same size as your new wood..side.....

And draw a curve that you like on the end..This will be your pattern for the bottom side of your shelf. Draw it on the wood and cut it out..Sand the edges smooth.

Draw on the wood.Cut it out on your scroll saw.Sand the sides and bang the edges on the end of the belt sander.. You can also sand it by hand..

Now make another one exactly the same for the other side of the shelf!

Hand sand too if you don't have a belt sander.Now lay the sides on the plywood in the 3/4 spaces you left on the sides of the wall paper. Measure so the side board is EVEN......... with the top of the wallpaper NOT THE TOP OF THE PLYWOOD. You need a 3/4 space at the top.. Draw a straight line and cut the board. Now sand the edges at the top.. And get your glue ready.Put some glue on the ends of the trim.Put the side piece on the plywood on the 3/4 space you left on the sides of the wall paper. And even with the top of the wallpaper. I'm gonna post this so I don't loose it and finish the shelf in part 2.

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