Patching it Up

Remember this guy? This shelf was our ONLY storage in the last bathroom. A pitally little 5″ shelf, to store all our bathroom goodies? Didn’t work for us, that is for shizzle.

Trim Before Painting
Bathroom Storage

So we decided to rip this guy out, in favor of some built-in storage in the wall. (EEEEKKK! So excited to show you some progress on that guy soon!) My first instinct was to head over with some demo gear and just let er’ rip off the side of the wall. I think I may be watching too many Property Brothers episodes. Jay had a more sensible approach, and started by lancing along the wall. There was a solid layer of caulk along the back end of the storage shelf, so this helped to loosen it up a bit.

How to remove a caulked shelf
Lancing Caulked Shelf

We just used a chisel for this step. It might work better with something a wee bit sharper. Our tool worked fine though as well, just personal preference (and it might speed things up a bit to have a sharper tool).

How to remove a wall mounted shelf
Removing Wall Mounted Shelf

Then we tried wiggling it a bit and after a few tugs this guy came right off. Didn’t take more than 5-minutes. Huzza!! But, the real work, (in my opinion) is making the wall look in tip top shape now that the shelf is gonezo.

How to repair plaster wall
Wall After Shelf Removal

The wall was looking pretty rough after taking out the shelf, so we needed to patch it up before we could slap some paint on this wall and call it done. First, we came through and scrapped off any extra bits of wall that were flaking off to make sure that the final finish was nice and smooth. Great thing about this part, is you can use the same joint knife (growing up, we always fondly referred to these as “scrappers”) to fill in the holes for putting up the spackle. This is the one we have, and it works great.

How to repair plaster walls
Scrapping Wall

After the wall was a bit more smooth, it was ready for the first coat. Since this wall was in pretty rough shape though, we opted to do multiple coats to ensure the best finish possible. Since this will be exposed now – no shelf- it’s really important the wall looks seamless, with no inconsistencies.

How to repair plaster walls

After each coat was dry, we came back through and sanded it down. After two coats of spackle and sanding, the wall was prepped and ready for paint! We’ve had issues with spackled areas sucking up paint more than other areas of the wall, and creating a dull finish at that spot, so this time around I’m going to try priming this section first, before adding the paint. Hopefully it makes a difference, I’ll keep you posted! 😉

Looking for more bathroom progress posts? See the big picture here and the play by play here, here, here, and here.

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