Today on Before & After Basics, it is all about good vibrations and power combinations. Think peanut butter and jelly, Batman and Robin, cookies and milk and Barbie and Ken. Each of these combinations is good on its own, but oh so great combined with the other half! This is exactly how I feel about pairing casters and furniture. Obviously the furniture was great on its own, but add a little pair of modern casters, and this piece moves from” a little drab,” to “I have to have” with the twist of a screwdriver. (And the fantastic blue knobs don’t hurt either!) There is a limitless array of casters available, so feel free to get super creative! Remember to have fun and think outside the box; sometimes massive casters on a little end table are exactly what the decorator ordered! — Barb
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- furniture piece
- drill bit
- measuring tape
1. When you purchase your casters, make sure they are the right size for the piece you are working on! There have been a few times when I have bought some really cool casters only to find out that the base was wider than the base of the piece I was putting them on. So learn from me and measure the space to ensure the casters will fit. Also make sure that the base of the piece will complement the casters and that you don’t need to add some wood first to customize the base.
2. Flip the piece over and place the casters where they will be attached. Measure and make sure they are flush and even. This can easily be done by just “eyeing” it, as I am famous for doing, but for those of you who feel the need to measure and be exact, by all means measure!
3. Once you are sure of the placement for the casters, trace the holes with a pencil, so it will be easy for you to drill your holes.
4. Drill your pilot holes. This is super important when dealing with wood but especially old wood that is subject to dryness and vulnerable to cracking under the pressure of the screws. Use the smallest drill bit, as the goal is to make a small entry hole for your screw. Check your screw size with the drill bit to make sure you do not drill the hole too big for the screw.
5. Place the casters on the piece and screw all of the screws, making sure they are nice and secure.
All done! What do you think of your crazy cool casters? Pretty awesome, right?