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Sunny Day Window Shelf

Sunny Day Window Shelf

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Published by: Donnette Davis on Nov 19, 2008
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Sunny Day Window Shelf
 
This crafting project will instantly transform any window in youhome! The completed shelf has many uses, and it's a given youwill constantly find more uses for your own Sunny Day WindowShelf. I especially enjoy using my shelf as a beautiful-and original-way of displaying my plant collection.
Materials:
 
A used coffeeor side tableof any size.For thisproject I founda coffee tableat a yard salefor $4.00!(The tableused in thisproject measures 54"x11"x6".)
Paint in your choice of color. I used "latex semi-gloss walland trim" paint left over from when I painted the bathroomand saved money!
2 to 4 wall brackets. The size and the number of thebrackets will depend on the size and weight of the windowshelf you will be mounting. You can purchase wallbrackets at any of you local hardware stores or discountretailers.
Sheet rock anchors. You may or may not need to usesheet rock anchors depending on the weight of your shelfcombined with the weight of the item(s) you plan todisplay. To be on the safe side I would recommend usinganchors in any instance just to prevent disasters! Theanchors can also be purchased at a local hardware ordiscount store.
Tools you will need:
 
Hand saw (or, if you have access, a circular saw or table saw willcut down on time and labor.)
 
Level
Tape measure
Sand Paper
Hammer
 
 
Screw driver
Let's start!
 
1) Using your saw, cut the legs off of the table. Be sure to take thenecessary safety precautions during the sawing portion of theproject (ie: protective eyewear, etc. And, Watch Your Fingers!)
 
2) Continue by dividing the table down the middle, using the level toensure you are sectioning it into equal halves. Draw a guide ofwhere you will be sawing with a pencil after you have sectioned offthe table.
 
3) Saw the table into halves.
 
4) Depending on what wood the table is made of, the finish on thetable, and any designs the table may have (such as etching orbordering) you will need to sand the piece of you table you will beusing for your window shelf.
 
5) Once you have sanded and cleaned any dust from the piece ofthe table-which is now your shelf- you're ready to paint. Getcreative with this part of the project! Try using special paintingtechniques (such as sponging), stencil designs on to the shelf,decoupage, or add other personal touches. The sky's the limit!
 
(Note: Once your shelf has dried you may want to add a clearprotective coating. This is optional.)
Mounting instructions:
 
1) Once you have chosen the windowwhere you want to mount your SunnyDay Window Shelf measure thethickness of the shelf. (If the thicknessof the shelf, meaning the thickness ofthe tabletop, is 1 inch, you will want toplace the brackets 1 inch from wherethe windowsill meets the wall. This willensure that the shelf, once placed, isflush with the windowsill.
 
2) Using your level and your tapemeasure section off the area whereeach bracket will be placed, anequal distance from one another (beach edge of where the window sill andwall meet as to ensure you are placing the shelf in the center of thewindow). Keep in mind the shelf doesn't have to be the lengththe entire window.
 
sure to also measure from eof3) Mount the brackets into the wall using the sheet rock anchors,following the instructions on the package.
 
4) Place you window shelf on the brackets and Voila`! You now arethe proud owner-and creator- of a Sunny Day Window Shelf.
 

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