Renovating the Protocol-osseum - Part 2

by Bill Cable
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. Image Image

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. Image Image

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!! Image

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

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. Image Image

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... Image

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. Image Image

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! Image Image

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. is not affiliated with Lucasfilm Ltd. or any of its licensees... damn them to hell. Can't they see a golden opportunity when they see it? Buy us, you fools! You already own our souls and all our money... buy US!!! This site uses Google Analytics. It does not collect or share any additional user data.
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