Wall Unit Project #8: WooHoo! Mosaic Panel is done! Thank you Katie Couric!

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Blog entry by DS posted 04-03-2013 06:50 PM 1624 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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All of you who’ve been following this blog know that the Mosaic Panel design has been the main sticking point from the beginning.

Finally, I was flipping channels the other day and saw Katie Couric’s new show and she has a mosaic panel in the background of her set. The colors and style are perfect for this wall unit!

I paused the screen and got out my phone and took a picture.

I started with a Honey Maple Stain over a sealer coat, then, using the pics as a guide, I laid out the pattern.

With the pattern laid out, I gathered all my colors and masked off one color at a time and sprayed, rolled, wiped and blotted the different finishes on the squares.

After unmasking, a top coat of satin pre-cat lacquer finished it off.

I was so excited, that I stayed up late to install it.

I still need to add a light rail to the top shelf (haven’t made it yet)

In case any of you don’t remember, here is the “before” pic. Quite the transformation.

I’ll take some better pictures with my Nikon and post these as a finished project soon.

(Once the light rail is added)

Thanks for following along.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 04-03-2013 07:02 PM

That is absolutely WONDERFUL!!

BEAUTIFUL… You name it!

Great job!

Now, are you sure those shelves will hold all of those books? Sure hope so…
Are you going to put those heavy books back on the shelves?

How did you mount the shelves in order to withstand all of the weight?

Wonderful JOB!

Thank you for keeping us updated through your journey!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 07:05 PM

very nice work. a total remake of the look of that area – sweet!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 04-03-2013 07:09 PM

Hmmm, Let me ponder on this a minute… (insert Jeopardy theme here)

Ok, We like it…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 07:33 PM

That came out looking great….
even with the “low quality” image!!!

Will you update the mosaic….
when Katie updates her set???

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 08:22 PM

That is quite a transformation.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 08:32 PM

Joe, the floating shelves are mounted on 3/4” X 3/4” hardwood cleats. The short ends that don’t land on sstuds at the ends have anchors into the drywall for a more secure hold on things.

Since this is a corner shelf, it is fairly strong. At the moment, the shalves aren’t even fastened to the wall, they are just slipped over the cleats. Since it is a snug fit, they aren’t going anywhere. (They will get a few pins to anchor them though)

(You can see the cleats for the top shelf in post #5.. the lower shelves have the same cleats.)

The heavy books still live in those old bookcases, but, they are relocated to another room.

My wife is contemplating and planning a shopping spree to decorate the shelves with who-knows-what-themati- fru-fru- paraphernalia – aka “decorative stuff”.

Any excuse to get out and spend money, I think.

And Randy, no, I don’t really care what Katie does with her set from here on out. I am just glad to have it done and out of the way. I assured my wife that if the panel started to feel dated or tired that we, (read I), could easily make a different panel later. (Kinda’ like a politician assuring the public that it is a ‘temporary’ tax hike.)
We’ll hafta see how that goes.

Thanks everyone for the compliments.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 09:16 AM

Fantastic transformation! The panel came out great and ties everything together nicely. Your wife must be pretty pleased with it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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