Here is a how I repurposed an old guitar and made something I have wanted to for a while. This is my step by step guide showing you how to make a Guitar Shelf for under £10.
Recently, you may remember that we have been re-decorating our home. The living room has been totally revamped and I showed you how to create a caramel latte inspired home decor theme in your own home.
Now the living room has been made to look rather cosy. I decided to add a splash of our own musical personality to the room by creating a Guitar Shelf with LED lighting. I have seen this on Pinterest previously and I wanted to give the idea a go myself, here is how I did it for less than £10.
How to make a Guitar Shelf Tutorial
I like to be creative and I love to try out ideas that I think will benefit my family mainly on a budget if I am honest. I decided that I wanted to make a unique piece of decor, something that I can be proud of and something that will be a bit of a focal point in our newly styled living and dining room.
I settled on the idea of making a guitar shelf using an old guitar that I found on a market stall costing me £5. The guitar was old and probably still playable to a degree but I wanted to try and turn it into a shelf which was to be mounted on our living room wall.
Step 1. Remove the front of the Guitar base using a small screwdriver. Place the screwdriver between the face of the guitar and the base and gently prise the face away from the rest of the base. Once the guitar face is loose, using a saw cut along the lower neck of the guitar like the image below. This makes the front of the guitar detach quite easily.
Step 2 – Measure the inside base of the guitar and cut plywood to fit inside of the guitar to create three shelves.
Step 3 – Using wood glue or a hot gun, secure your shelves inside of the guitar. I left these to dry for two hours before the next step.
Step 4 – Paint the inside of the guitar with a colour of your own choice. I used an acrylic gold paint which I already had laying around the garage having recently revamped the mantle piece with it. Again leave this for around four hours to dry effectively.
Step 5 & 6 – My partner plays the piano. I thought it would be a nice touch to use manuscripts of her favourite music to decorate the interior of the guitar. First, I made the manuscript appear authentic and antique by staining it using a teabag, then I mixed PVA glue and water to create a solution to dip each sheet in. Once I had done this I then positioned meticulously each sheet inside of the base of the guitar covering the shelves too, painting some more PVA and water solution over the top to ensure it stayed in place. This was then left to dry overnight.
The below image shows the music sheets positioned nicely inside once they have been soaked in the PVA solution.
Step 7 – Once the guitar is dried, position the guitar on a wall of your choice. I drilled two holes in the base and attached the guitar to the wall using screws.
Step 8 – Decorate your guitar with lights. I simply purchased some battery powered lights to give the guitar that perfect finish in my opinion which can be seen below. These lights were only £4 in the sale from George at Asda!
The guitar has been a real talking point whenever anyone comes to our home. I love it personally just because it looks great, rustic and quirky and is so easy to make.
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