SHAPE YOUR WORLD

Tutorial:

Shelving

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  • A Jigsaw
  • A Drill
  • An old shelving unit you’d like to up-cycle
  • An MDF board large enough to cover the front of your shelving unit.
  • Something perfectly circular e.g. a plate
  • Tape measure
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Hammer and pins
  • Paint brush
  • Sand paper

BEFORE YOU START

  • Check the condition of your furniture piece thoroughly for any repairs or other preparation that might be needed before starting your project.
  • Think about your design – you may want to create a mood board to help you do this. Why not share your ideas with friends and family to get their thoughts, too?

SAFETY FIRST!

Safety comes first when undertaking any kind of DIY project. You should take all precautions to avoid harm or injury, and as such BLACK+DECKER recommends the use of personal protective equipment when completing this tutorial, including:

  • Gloves
  • Goggles
  • Dust mask

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE

  • 1.

    Firstly, you’ll need to cut the MDF to the exact width and height of your shelving unit. Then, draw a border line around the inside edge of the material. In this case the border is 20mm from the edge.

    2.

    It’s now time to create the curved stencil pattern. To ensure the curves are of equal size, divide the overall height and width of the book case (within the border you’ve just created), by number of curves you want along each edge. Aim for curves approximately 20cm wide, and mark dots at equal distance around the inside of your border.

    3.

    Now, you’ll need a circular item (e.g. a plate) to mark out the curves. Place the circular item in between each of the dots, and draw around the circular edge to create the curved cutting stencil.

    4.

    Once you’ve drawn the equally sized curves around the edges of the border, you now have your cutting stencil.

    5.

    Drill a hole into the MDF, close to the cutting stencil line. This hole will help you to start the cut with your Jigsaw.

    6.

    Carefully cut around the curved stencil.

  • 7.

    You now have your decorative border.

    8.

    Smooth any rough edges using sand paper.

    9.

    Add a base layer of paint in the same colour as your existing shelving unit.

    10.

    Align the decorative fascia with your shelving unit, and fix the fascia to the shelving using a hammer and pins.

    11.

    Paint the entire shelving in the colour of your choice.

    12.

    You’ve added some personality to your tired old shelving!