Renovating the Protocol-osseum - Part 2

by Bill Cable - Executive Editor
on 2017-11-29, 07:53:49

Last week I went over phase 1 of the renovations to my Star Wars room after the closet was eliminated due to installing a full-sized shower in the adjacent room. I painted the new walls and hung shelves to match the rest of the wall. I was down to converting the cubbyhole left where the closet used to be into usable space. This ended up being much more challenging than I anticipated...

The easiest thing was to stain the new baseboard to match the legacy wood. Though squeezing into the space to wipe on the stain was not easy.

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For the shelves I opted for plate glass. I chose this primarily because it lets light through, and this cubby won't have any lighting so anything that doesn't obstruct the existing light would be preferable. To mount the shelves, I went with basic L-brackets, which I painted to match the walls. Actually, after painting one of them I realized that was way too much work, so I dipped the rest and let them dry on a piece of foil. The next day I pulled them off the foil and trimmed the excess paint with a razor.

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I checked for studs in the cubby, and found one mid-wall on the left, one mid-wall on the back, and two in the corners on the right. I would've preferred two on the left and two on the right, but that's not what I was given to work with. So the challenge now was how do you hang 4 brackets across 3 walls and have them all level? Especially when you know the floor isn't level so you can't measure up? You use frickin' lasers!!

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That was my original concept. But that tripod was not entirely stable... So I decided to attach it to something a bit more sturdy.

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And that worked great! The bottom brackets all lined up real nice. I tried to do the same with the next set of brackets, and failed miserably. I don't know if I bumped the board while making my marks, but when I checked the brackets they were all out of whack. Then I thought to myself - "While I couldn't measure up from the floor to the first shelf, now that I have an even shelf I sure can measure up from that shelf to the next!" And so I did - measuring out the brackets for the final three shelves.

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Everything was looking great until I tried to put in the shelves. I discovered the right-side wall (an original wall to the closet) was bowed outward. It wasn't bowed everywhere... it was only bowed right where I wanted the first shelf. And I didn't give myself much play when I ordered the shelves, so I was stuck. After fighting with the thing and then failing to manually sand enough of the wall away for the shelf to fit, I resorted to power tools. I took a rotary sander and gouged out a chunk of the wall...

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It wasn't beautiful, but it's not anyplace anybody is ever going to see it. The worst part is that after spending months doing everything I could to avoid getting dust on my collection... tenting the whole thing with plastic sheets for the duration of the bathroom renovations, I ended up bathing everything with drywall and plaster dust. I still need to clean all but a handful of shelves.

With the space ready for shelves, I repainted the walls I sanded than placed the plate glass.

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Now, my vision for these shelves was to display bigger items that are a pain to display on my existing bookshelves. And that kinda worked - but the shelves ended up being slightly closer together than I anticipated. Not to mention the cubby is about 6 inches narrower than I expected (didn't account for just how much space there is between two walls). So I had to adjust those plans slightly. With the limited lighting, I displayed everything on the front edges of the shelves. Even with all those compromises, it works!

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Check back next week (I hope) to see the end results of all my work! I have some Oscar's acrylic cases en-route which should arrive in time for me to case-up the rest of my Droids and Ewoks MOCs and take some photos of the entire finished room.





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