Monday, January 28, 2013

Oak Fluorescent Light Cover Re-Purposed into a Shelf

So the other day in my travels I scored an old Oak Fluorescent Light Cover for a few bucks.  It didn't have any of the light parts just the frame.  I immediately thought shelf.  I loved how thick and chunky the frame is. 

I cut three shelves to size and used my router and router table to make a grove in them for plates. 

I attached the shelves with glue and nails using my nail gun.  I also added a 1 x 2 to the top to support the mounting hardware.

Then added 1/4" plywood to the back with glue and nails.  

I painted it with two coats of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint in the color Kitchen Scale.  It is such a pretty color.  I've sorta played it out though I think this is my fifth piece I've done in it.  I only put one coat on the back because the plywood had a nice grain to it and just wanted it to look like a wash. 

I sealed the paint with MMS Hemp Oil.  It leaves a really nice sheen and protects the paint.  I didn't use wax because its so slick once it cures and well you know plates and all. 

I love how the white plates pop off of this color.  It was a quick little project.  Funny when I searched google images for a before photo I saw what they charge for those oak lights and well maybe I should have tried to sell the cover on eBay or something.  Geez they don't give those things away.  Oh well, I like it better like this.   Have a great week!

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