Family Furniture DIY Project

Lately the children seem a little bored of the usual medium we have been using for painting, so i was thinking about what could i use that would be fun for the children to paint on. Just so happens what we needed some collapsible shelves for when we do our ironing. Husband and i decided to just attempt to DIY our first shelves together as a family.

SO, take a deep breath and……

Step 1, take measurements (husband’s specialty)

Step 2, Get some collapsible hinges from the hardware store and make a trip down to a workshop and buy some plywood cut to our measurements. (Also husband’s specialty)

Step 3, the fun bit – Painting!! We used acrylic paints, and let the kids decide what colors they want to use. Leave it to dry (preferably overnight), especially since my little M decided to splatter and drizzle paint as her finishing touch (i thought it looked very artistic and abstract).

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Paint the underside and again leave to dry.

Step 4, finish with a few layers of shellac, (we applied 3 layers). The shellac seems to bring the colors to “life” and it becomes very vibrant.

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Step 5, install and admire the new shelves. Daddy and A had a blast doing their measurements and breaking out the power drill……

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The kids absolutely enjoyed this project and were super proud of their artwork, they keep asking us whether we need to make more shelves. This project seems a tad bit daunting in the beginning, but as with all DIY projects, just go for it and enjoy the process!

 

 

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