Building a Bookshelf: Part Three

The bookshelf is finally 100% complete and in my house!!!!  Can you tell that I am just a little excited?

A few months back, I began building a bookshelf based on Ana White’s plan for Truss Shelves (part one) and about a month ago, I finished building it (part two).  Now it is time for me to show you how I stained it!

I used a three part system to stain the bookshelf, wood conditioner, stain, and sealant.

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When staining, always use a wood conditioner first.  No this does not make the wood sleek and shiny, but it does prevent the stain from looking blotchy and uneven when applied.

Next the stain must be applied over the conditioned wood within 2 hours of applying the wood conditioner. I found it best to set aside the better half of a Saturday afternoon to get it all completed.  I applied the stain using a cloth, but it can also be done with a brush.  It takes a lot of patience to get the stain in every nook and cranny, but I promise it will be all worth it.

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Once the stain is applied, the finally step is to add a sealant.  The are a few different finishes you can choose from for the sealant.  I decided to go with a semi-gloss one to add some shine, but at the same time keep the shelf more rustic looking.  After applying the first coat of sealant, I lightly sanded the bookshelf and then applied a second and final coat.

Bookshelf 061Now the only thing left to do was to have it moved into the house.  Thankfully I have some awesome friends that came over one night to help me move it in.  Now I know you are probably wondering what the finished product looks like, so here it is!

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I am thrilled with how it turned out!!! It is the first thing you see when you enter my house and it is just the statement piece I was looking for to go on that wall.

This project did take me a little longer that I originally planned, but in the end it got finished and I couldn’t be happier!


3 thoughts on “Building a Bookshelf: Part Three

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