Decorating Tips Living Room
Measure and cut boards for the shelves. Remember the shelves are housed around the front legs – the depth of housing must also allow for the depth of a decorative strip that will be added to the leading edge of the shelves later (step 9). This strip will then be flush with the front of the legs.
Now make up a frame surround for the vertical tiles, using strips of 50 x 25 mm (2×1 in). The height needs to be measured from the level of the blockboard surface with an allowance for the depth of one horizontal and one vertical tile, plus grouting. The front face of the frame will match the depth of the top edge of the decorative skirting. Mitre the two corners and then glue and nail them together. Once set, hold the frame in position and trim the legs to that they touch the underside of the frame. Nail the frame to the legs.
Fill in the space between the back legs and the frame with old matchboard or boards similar to those used for the shelves. Fix them to the frame by nailing through the top of the frame and into the end-grain of the boards. Screw through the boards where they meet the shelves and along the base board.
Add a half-moon strip to the top edge of the decorative skirting. Cut lengths of fluted moulding strip for the front legs and the edges and ends of each shelf. Fix with panel pins a a Grout the tiles in position on the -L U top surface. The vertical ones will need spacers for support until they set. Use an acrylic grout if the surface is likely to get wet regularly. Finally, fix a carved top piece, if possible echoing the cut-out pattern on the decorative fascia below.