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2006-03-28 17:46
 
Steph Jensen asks: Many of your articles have floating shelves in the pictures. Is it better to have a concrete plinth put in or are the wooden ones suitable for things such as plates, jars, books, and toys? Also, I have only seen veneer ones at Mica and Mr Price Home and they are only available in mahogany and white. Painting and staining will produce two completely different results. If you paint the cupboards with an undercoat and then a solid colour of your choice, you will lose the natural grain of the wood. Still, the preparation for this is quite simple: sand the cupboards lightly with fine sandpaper to provide a grip for the wood primer. Once the undercoat is dry you can apply an enamel-based paint, such as Plascon Velvaglo, using a sponge roller.

Where might I find a larger variety in terms of colour and wood? Karin replies: A built-in floating concrete shelf is much stronger than a wooden one and can naturally bear more weight. The disadvantage is that a concrete shelf can only be installed with a great deal of effort, while it is much less trouble to put up a wooden shelf. Most of the bookshelves for sale at hardware stores have a weight restriction but it is also important to look at the strength of the wall surface to which you want to attach the shelf.

Some walls – especially in older houses – are soft and therefore not suitable for a floating shelf that has to carry weight. Visit stores such as TimberCity and De La Rey for a wide range of shelves.

Karens Reply

Karin replies: Painting and staining will produce two completely different results. If you paint the cupboards with an undercoat and then a solid colour of your choice, you will lose the natural grain of the wood. Still, the preparation for this is quite simple: sand the cupboards lightly with fine sandpaper to provide a grip for the wood primer. Once the undercoat is dry you can apply an enamel-based paint, such as Plascon Velvaglo, using a sponge roller.

You can stain the wood as your friends suggest but be sure to use the lightest possible stain. The advantage of staining wood is that the grain will be preserved and this will result in a natural look. The disadvantage is that you will not necessarily be able to make the cupboards lighter again, although you will be able to use a darker stain in the future. You should first sand off all the varnish. Then you can apply a stain such as Plascon Wood Stain. This will dry within 15 minutes, after which a durable varnish in a colour of your choice can be applied. As far as your work surface is concerned, if you choose laminated pine, you will have quite a number of colour schemes from which to choose. I suggest you first obtain a few pieces of pine and test the colours on these to ensure that the cupboards and work surface complement each other.

The Importance

The most important thing to remember about the work surface is that the right varnish should be applied – it should be heat and scratch resistant. A product such as Woodoc 10 would be ideal. To change the direction in which the existing door opens is not impossible but you will have to call in a good carpenter. The type of doorframe will determine whether the door can be changed around or not. A disadvantage to keeping the existing door is that it will have quite a few unsightly holes where the old lock and hinges have been removed.

The other, more expensive, solution is to break out the doorframe and replace it.
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