The first phase of the shelves is done, now I just need to get the actual shelves made.
Below are pictures of what I did:
Since the first hole was ‘pre cut’ I’ll show the second one that I did from scratch.
The first step is to get the drywall cut out. I matched the first hole from the heater. I kind of cheated by making the shelf only as wide as the space between studs. This has the benefit of being easier…
So after the drywall is gone I needed a 2×4 at the top and bottom in order to have something to attach the veneer to. I ended up with a cross brace in the middle so I cut the nails and used it as the bottom 2×4.
The next step is to prepare/cut/stain the veneer. I purchased 2 4×8 sheets of veneer that’s about 1/4 inch thick. I assembled the veneer from the back to the front. The back piece had to be held in by the sides and top because it’s against the drywall of another room. Nailing through it would ruin the wall on the other side.
I used brads for attaching the sides. The final pieces were the borders, they were attached with brads too. The final step was filling gaps and putting quarter round trim in the back corners. Overall I think it came out rather well!