I had planned on taking an old, cheap DVD shelving unit that stood vertically and turn it on its side, slap a few coats of paint on it, add some feet, and slide it under one of the living room windows (to still hold DVDs... just more cuter-er). However, neither Alex nor I thought about the fact that this particle board shelf was designed to stand vertically, not horizontally. While very cute, it began to sag, the feet got all wobbly, and I got all teary-eyed.
Enter Alex. He grabbed some 2x6s, glue, and wood screws and got busy. Shelf saved. The full story (how-to) and before and after shots are below:
Here is the original DVD shelf. I drug it out to the garden to sand it so that I could also hang with Alex while he worked out there. The location of the sanding is not important; sanding is. Otherwise the paint will bead up and not stick (much like when you use a Crayola marker on a slick surface - doesn't work).
(Notice the sexy half-naked beast gardening away. Pics (of the veggies) here.
The board on top was the base of the shelf, which was deeper than the rest (larger foot = stability), so I had to remove it and trim it down with my skill saw.
Oh - and I should mention that since this was a smaller project, I went to Lowe's, picked my colors (Valspar brand), and asked for the sample jars. They're only $2.49 each and were the perfect amount for this project.
I meant to snap a few pics of the luan (really thin plywood) as I painted it, but I forgot. Here, I've painted the whole thing beige (after priming it), taped off a chevron pattern, and painted red over that with a sponger roller.
Here it is with the tape pulled off. I have to admit, it looks pretty ballin'. The key I think is to have the angles of the pattern more than 90*. That way you can use the edges/corners of the painter's tape strips to make crisp points.
So at this point, I'm pretty stoked. I'm thinking, "Man, this looks good, and I did it on my own. A skill saw, drill, hammer... Sweet." And then I noticed that the feet were all wobbly, and the joints of the shelving unit weren't strong. I may have cried a little at my husband. Maybe.
And like any good husband would do, he got in on the project. A 2x4 on the bottom, flush with the back of the shelf, was installed with wood glue and wood screws. A 2x4 on the back, flush with the "new" bottom of the first 2x4 was installed the same way. I painted the edges and stopped crying.
So here it is, loaded with Alex's DVDs. I have quite a few, too... in the shed, maybe. Hope they all fit!