Wow. Last week was just crazy. While I managed to get things accomplished, I feel like I didn’t do a darn thing. The holidays are always a crazy time. For those who celebrated, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I also took a much-needed break from technology, spending more time with friends and family than in front of a screen. It was wonderful. Though, now I’m spending hours catching up on all the stuff I missed.
Anyway, last week I finally took some time to get the shelves in my new living room sanded, stained, and sealed. Unfortunately, however, I didn’t snap any progress shots. I figured it was pretty self-explanatory and I just wanted to finish them up.
First, I sanded everything down really well with a palm sander and heavy grit sand paper. I paid extra attention to the edges in order to give them a worn, almost-rounded look.
After that, I applied stain with a brush and sealed everything with a finishing wax.
I was actually surprised at how dark the stain was on the wood. It’s actually a bit darker than I wanted, but I don’t hate it. I’m going to live with it for a little while and if I decide to change it, I can. I do like how it really shows off the wood grain on the edges. Beautiful.
You may have noticed a new addition to the room – my TV! This is the first big, fancy, over-sized TV I’ve ever bought and I’m loving it (even though, I’ve barely had time to watch it). The base is a bit big for the mantel so I’m trying to decide if I want to hang the TV on the wall or just add a bigger piece of wood to the top of the mantel. TBD.
I also need to figure out how to hide the cables. I assume that when I start filling the shelves some will just disappear automatically, but we shall see.
Either way, once I fill these puppies with my books and a few cute accessories, I’ll be ready to go!
What do you think? Did you accomplish any fun projects during the holiday week?