Friday, January 25, 2013

How to Make New Center Shelves for New Television Cable Box

Fig.1 Entertainment Center
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Paper tarp
Melamine shelves enough for 4 shelves
Rust-Oleum 12 oz Painter's Touch 2X Ultra Cover Spray paint
Shelf pins (pegs)

Mrs. Black is a famous chef and had purchase an old dusty cherry entertainment center. The piece had one problem, not enough shelves. She had thought of putting her cooking books into these shelves, but she needed more space.

This post shows the fifteen steps on how to add more shelves to any piece of furniture especially this cherry entertainment center.

Step 1: Measure the shelves needed in entertainment center. Fig.1 shows there is only one shelf that needs replacing. Each shelf was exactly the same in all 3 tiers.  
Step 2: Fig.2 shows The Home DepotⓇ orange cart and its shop magazine, shelves and parts for the job. The Home DepotⓇ customer service center cut all the shelves for the job for free. This made this job easier and we now had clean cut shelves.
Fig.2 New Shelves purchased
at The Home DepotⓇ
Step 3: We would have preferred the shelves to be black or brown, but an associate in the painting department gave us the paint tip. Fig.3 shows the purchased Rust-Oleum 12 oz Painter's Touch 2X Ultra Cover Spray Paint in brown spray paint, ready to paint.
Fig.3 Rust-Oleum
Step 4: Once home a large paper tarp was placed below the new melamine shelves.
Step 5: The paint top cover had to be pressed from both sides to remove the cover. A security measure to prevent kids from spray painting. 
Step 6: Fig.4 shows the second coat of spray paint that will be sprayed over the melamine shelf.
Fig.4 Second coat
Step 7: Fig.5 shows the second coat of brown spray paint being sprayed on the melamine shelves.
Fig.5 First coat
Step 8: Fig.6 shows the finished shelves ready to be installed into the entertainment center.
Fig.6 Ready
Step 9: Fig.7 shows the stick pegs.
Fig.7 Stick pegs
Step 10: Fig.8 shows the L-peg, the shelf pegs were moved from the middle to the top and to the bottom to accommodate the extra shelf in each tier.
Fig.8 L Metal shelf pegs
Step 11: Fig.9 shows the center shelf being put in, notice how its slanted. The hinge on the door was in the way and the shelf had to be pushed up to get to the shelf pegs. 
Fig.9 Placing the shelf
Step 12: Shows the top shelf is the original wood shelf, and the second shelf is the painted brown melamine shelf.
Bottom hinge
Step 13: Fig.10 and fig.11 shows the bottom of the middle shelf, the white melamine shelf.
Fig.10 Shelf unit
Fig.11 Bottom of shelf
Step 14: Fig.12 shows the dust mop removed the dust before the books were placed home.
Fig.12 Duster
Step 15: Fig.13 shows the completed job with its new cooking books.
Fig.13 Cherry entertainment center

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