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Storage shelves

It’s easy to create this handy shelving unit using some plywood and a little bit of Resene know how.

How to make storage shelves

Weekend DIY with Mark Rayner – Project 87

Difficulty level: Moderate

You will need

  • 19mm plywood cut to the following sizes:
  • 585mm x 80mm (x6)
  • 585mm x 623mm
  • 3mm drill bit for drilling pilot holes
  • 45mm screws
  • Clean cloth
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Putty knife or similar
  • PVA glue

To get the look:  Mark painted the background wall with Resene SpaceCote Flat tinted to Resene Duck Egg Blue.

Other ideas:  For a soft grey effect paint the shelving unit with Resene Lustacryl tinted to Resene Silver Chalice.

How to make storage shelves

 

Storage shelves - Step 1 Step one
Measure, mark and cut the plywood to the dimensions listed above.


Storage shelves - Step 2 Step two
Assemble the 585mm x 80mm pieces of plywood to form the sides and shelves, as shown. Fix together with PVA glue and 45mm screws, drilling pilot holes first.


Storage shelves - Step 3 Step three
Attach the 585mm x 623mm piece of plywood into position to form the back of the shelving unit, as shown. Again, fix with PVA glue and 45mm screws, drilling pilot holes first.


Storage shelves - Step 4 Step four
Fill any holes and imperfections with wood filler and allow to dry.


Storage shelves - Step 5 Step five
Sand the filled areas and smooth any rough edges with sandpaper and then wipe off any sanding residue with a clean cloth.


Storage shelves - Step 6 Step six
Apply one coat of Resene Quick Dry to the shelving unit and allow to dry.


Storage shelves - Step 7 Step seven
Apply one coat of Lustacryl tinted to Resene Artemis to the shelving unit and allow to dry.


Storage shelves - Step 8 Step eight
Apply a second coat of Lustacryl tinted to Resene Artemis to the shelving unit and allow to dry.

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