Here’s what the space looked like before! It was just a simple little corner of the small studio apartment.
Step 1. Cut down plywood.
Start by cutting your plywood down to size with a table saw. We left ours at the 4 foot width and cut a piece 30″ deep, so the total size of the plywood sheet is 30″ x 48″. (See note below why I’d recommend that you cut it down to 31″ instead).
How to cut plywood without a table saw:
- You can try getting the wood cut when you purchase at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
- You can also use a circular saw with a rip fence, or a Kreg Rip-Cut Guide or clamp down another piece of wood to use a guide for your circular saw, which we did in this tutorial (see step in this post for pictures of how we set that up)
Step 2. Attach framing & trim.
To attach the trim to the edges, use wood glue and nail into place with 1.5″ finish nails.
Step 3. Fill nail holes & sand.
Fill all nail holes on trim with wood putty. Once putty has dried, sand to smooth and while you’re at it – give everything a nice light sanding.
Step 4. Seal.
Apply 3-4 coats of polyurethane to seal with staining rag. Lightly sand in between coats with 220 grit sandpaper. Let it dry throughout before handling.