2=1x4x12 pine boards $6.12 each
1=12' crown moulding $7.32 each
8=1 1/4 Screws
Brad Nailer and Air Compressor
2" Angle Brush
Step 1: Measure, Mark, Level, Locate
Measure and mark 13" down from the ceiling several times along the wall.
Using a level and a pencil draw a horizontal line all the way along the wall.
Mark the studs use a stud finder to locate all the studs.
Step 2: Measure, Cut, Mark, Drill
I added the beadboard wall paper at this point. In retrospect, I should of waited until the next step was completed. The wall paper scuffs easily!
Step 3: Measure, Cut, Drill
Cut the top board to the same length as the bottom board. Pre-drill about every 16". Place on top, forming an ledge. Secure, drilling from top, with 1 1/4" screws.
Step 4: Measure, Cut, Nail
Cut the crown moulding to the same length as the other 2 boards. Place the board equal distance from both edges of the other boards. My set back was 5/8". Nail along the bottom then along the top.
Step 5: Putty, Tape, Prime, Paint
Fill in the nail holes with wood putty. I even used a little on the wood knots. Tape the edges of the walls that need protected. I didn't tape because I was painting the walls. Use a good primer to cover the knots, I prefer Kilz. Then paint the whole shelf using a semi-gloss or gloss paint. I used the same color as the trim and doors.
Overall this project was easy. I was able to do most of it myself. I needed an extra hand to hold the boards up while I attached them to the wall. Now I have to go paint. I'll post more later.