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How to Paint Shelves for a Robotic Office

The robotic office/workshop is almost complete: the walls, window and desk have all been refreshed with innovative paint treatments. Now all that's left is painting the raw wood display shelves.

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shelving edges are painted
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $1 - $50

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Sand the Shelves

Sand the shelves and wipe clean with a tack cloth.

sand shelves and wipe clean

Step 2: Roll on the Primer

Foam rollers are used to roll Grenadier Pond primer over the shelves.

roll primer over shelves

Step 3: Roll on the Semigloss Paint

When the primer is dry, a coat of Grenadier Pond semigloss paint is rolled over the shelves. This soft, foamy green shade continues the color on two of the wall circle quadrants; the semigloss finish will provide a protective surface for the wood.

When the paint is dry, using an artist brush, the shelving edges are painted Castleton Mist, the same color as the window Plexiglas panels.

shelving edges are painted

Step 4: Attach the Window Panels

While the paint dries, the room is put back together and the window panels are attached with small suction cups.

Step 5: View the Finished Project

This once-boring office is now a cool, creative workshop done in just two days using $190 worth of paint.