Dress up a float­ing shelf

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1 En­large the tem­plate for the ta­ble de­sign so it fits onto an A4 sheet of paper and pho­to­copy it. Trace the de­sign onto ac­etate with your per­ma­nent marker. Project the de­sign onto the wall and set the im­age so that it is the cor­rect size (in other words, the ‘table­top’ is the same length as your float­ing shelf). Use a spirit level to make sure the im­age is straight.

2 Draw the de­sign on the wall with a pen­cil. Switch off the pro­jec­tor and check that you have drawn the en­tire de­sign.

3 Now you can start paint­ing. Place the drop sheet on the floor and paint all the out­lines with a thin brush. Keep a damp cloth on hand in case you paint over the lines and want to wipe off the paint.

4 Now paint an­other two coats over the first one to make sure that the colour is solid. Leave to dry thor­oughly.

5 Drill the holes for the float­ing shelf and screw the shelf in place. Tips • Stick mask­ing tape on the line where you’re go­ing to place the float­ing shelf; the tape will also help you to paint a straight line. • Look in the Yel­low Pages for places that hire out over­head pro­jec­tors or en­quire at your lo­cal li­brary, school or con­fer­ence cen­tre.

Our wall is dark, so we first ap­plied a base coat of white PVA for the ta­ble de­sign.

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