How to Build a 3 Tier Bathroom Shelf Part 2 How to Build a 3 Tier Bathroom Shelf Part 2

What You'll Need
Paint or wood stain
Fine grit sandpaper
Wood putty
Power drill
Screws
Rubber gloves
Paint tray

Once you've finished mapping out and constructing your 3 tier bathroom shelf, it's time to add the finishing touches and hang it.

Step 1 – Readying Your Shelf for Finishing

The shelf is constructed, but likely isn't ready to hang. Take the time to use your sandpaper and sand down the entire shelf and make sure to wipe it down after to avoid problems when painting or staining. You can use wood putty to cover any showing screw heads, dents, dings or chips in the wood for a better look as well.

Step 2 – Painting or Staining Your Shelf

First, decide if you want to stain your shelf or do you want to paint it? Both can give a unique look and feel to your shelves and which one is better is entirely up to you.

If you go the painting route, always use a primer before painting. Decide whether you want an oil-based paint or a water-based one, such as latex. Latex paint can potentially become tacky as it dries, but is better for the wood. To get around the problem of sticky latex shelves, consider getting a top-coat to go over the shelving unit before hanging it up.

If you'd rather stain your shelves, pick out the type of stain you would like. Application times can vary depending on the wood you are using, so do your research first. Using multiple coats with adequate drying time between will give a more vibrant and appealing look. Rubber gloves should be used if you are using staining materials.

Step 3 – Finishing Your Shelf

Whether you've painted or stained your shelves, the third step is the same: you need a top-coat. A polyurethane top-coat is a good choice, because of its easy application and that it can be used over paint or stain. Brush or spray it on, being sure to check your instructions first. Polyurethane is also beneficial because it will not tweak the color or your stain or tint it yellow, as some other kinds of top-coats can do.

Step 4 – Hanging Your Shelves

Whether you're using L-brackets or metal brackets on the back of the shelf, you'll want to locate the studs in the wall before doing any hanging. Shelves are weighty, especially once you start putting things on them. When you've located the studs, use a pencil to mark out where you want your screws to go. Take caution when drilling your holes. You want to ensure the screws are drilling into wood.

If you cannot locate any studs, you might be able to substitute wall anchors. Do this only if you are positive your shelves aren't too heavy, and if you aren't planning on placing too many heavy objects on the shelves.

Fasten the brackets to the wall, put up your shelves, and your job is done.

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