Well, spackling up those holes with a bit of Polyfilla made them completely disappear. I was dubious as to how well this would actually work – but just look at that! Abracadabra – gone. It’s a perfect vanishing act.
I applied the filler using my fingertip to work it into the hole and then used the blue scraper-thingy (that is the technical term, in case you’re wondering) to level it. A quick wipe with a damp cloth got rid of any excess around the hole before it dried on.
Ta-da! No more holes.
One thing I worried about after I started stencilling was whether the paint would scratch off. The backing has a smooth satin finish – not gloss, but not rough and toothy, either. I would’ve probably been best off priming the whole back-board first.
As it was, I just gave it a top-coat of matt finishing sealer spray to “fix” and protect the paint. So far I haven’t noticed any chips or scratches, even with books now coming on and off the shelves daily.
Overall, the stencilled design and the spackled holes made the hugest difference to the look of those shelves. They’ve suddenly elevated from garage-sale-looking, uni-student cheapies, to something a little more substantial… and with a lot more class.
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