Saturday, November 28, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy!

Well it has been a while since I posted last. I have been busy eating turkey, Christmas Shopping (yes I went out for a whole 3 hours in the am on black friday), watching my sisters kids, and tonight we are going to my husbands 20th class reunion. In between my husband and I put together a project I dreamt up a few months ago.

A while back I posted here about my husband and kids painting. So I had an idea to make a display shelf to put their artwork on display in my dining room.  So we started by buying some bead board, a small sheet of oak plywood, some liquid nails and some trim. I already had some white primer and paint so we did not have to buy that. We started by having

 my husband cut the beadboard to the height of the ply wood. After he cut them all to match we put all the pieces of beadboard together and used liquid nails to attach it. We did have a little over lap which we cut off with an exacto knife (ran the knife right down a bead and snapped it off).

After we let the liquid nails set my husband cut the trim using the miter saw.  I then used the liquid nails again and glued the trim over the beadboard. I then used our staple gun (loaded with brads) and nailed the trim onto the beadboard. Oh I should mention the trim I bought is made to go over beadboard or panelling. It does not have a flush back. I think it was called panel trim.

Ok so now we added our "shelve" which is actually another piece of trim. The kind you would use to cover your drywall corners so they don't get chipped. Yet again I don't know the name. I promise next time I will do better! We again used liquid nails and brads to attach to the beadboard and plywood. I filled all the wholes and cracks with wood filler.  We let the whole thing sit over night and the next day I took on the priming and painting. Just 1 coat of primer and two coats of white paint.

Finally we hung it in our dining room(that is a weird shadow on my wall, not a bad paint job) We used large wood screws and finishing washers - right into the studs as this is rather heavy. We added some art and now we are good to go. Obviously the art showing is a little small for the shelves. I have given directions for 5x7s, 8x10s or 9x12s for future artwork.

I think it turned out pretty good, but let me know what you think?


  1. Beautiful and well done! It is a super idea!

  2. I love beadboard, but am not sure I am ready to commit to a full wall project. This shelf would be a great place to start!

  3. Wow, I love your beadboard project, it's beautiful!
    God's blessings, Sarah :D

  4. Thanks so much for the nice comments! you are all so sweet!