FINISHED! Finally. This was like four days' work, and it took me a month. Whew! Procrastination is hard.
Back to the beginning:I started working on this nook in December (see this post):
I removed rotted and sagging shelves and plastic shelf clips which were painted and caulked into the wall, repaired the resulting wall damage, primed the walls and gave it a first coat of paint.
When I painted the living room over the holiday break, I also installed these supports (1x1/4" pre-primed trim molding) and painted them in with the wall color when this wall got a second coat of paint.
Like a billion years later, I finally got the wood for the shelves out of the back of my car where it had been since December, cut it to size, and attached more (untreated) trim molding to the fronts.
Wood conditioner ftw. I've never used it before, but WOW it made a difference. The stain went on so smoothly, only took a single coat, and sanding was minimal.
P.S.: stainable wood filler my ass. SO much work covering the nail holes on the fronts and getting them to blend in. Sigh.
I am loving the way these turned out. I should have used a wider trim facing on the fronts of the shelves, so that they would completely cover the struts on the walls, but, live and learn, right?
bike cleaning spray (AWESOME) then hit the whole thing with a couple of coats of plain, white, hi-gloss spray paint.
Hilariously enough, there was no filter behind this cover, and nowhere to fit one - the edges of the wall behind the cover are all crumbled and corroded, and when I tried to wedge a filter in place, it just fell flat. I ended up zip-tying the filter to the cover to keep it where it belongs. Thankfully, it doesn't show:
I LOVE the way this all came out. :)