The Shelves are Up

DIY, Interiors

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. 

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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. 

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After that, I applied stain with a brush and sealed everything with a finishing wax. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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?

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  • Leslie at

    Hi, Michael! The shelf edges look like tortoise shell – a nice result. Amazon has some solutions to the cord issue — I just looked under “cord covers.” Even when you put stuff on the shelves, those wires will find a way to peak through.

    That room is looking so nice – such a change from the before photo.

  • at

    Hey Michael! I love your shelves! I don’t know if this will help but this was an easy solution for us when we mounted our large tv over our fireplace. It hides all of your cords and you can paint same color as walls. They come in different sizes. I am a new subscriber and really enjoying your blog! XOXO!

  • Anonymous at

    Those pesky cables! Don’t you just hate them? When I read your concern about hiding them I remembered Diane from “In My Own Style” had her own solution to this which looked pretty good in the pics. Here’s the post-
    Happy decorating!

    Linda Southworth (lspwow at aol dot com)

  • twelveOeight at

    Your shelves look great Michael! I like the wood grain on the edges too. Did I get anything done? Shopping, but no creating so far…hopefully this week

    xoxo, Tanya

  • DawnMarie at

    I have a small nook also that I want to do a series of shelves. I was wondering where the brackets were purchased from. I love their simplicity yet they still look pretty if seen when things are on the shelves. Many brackets I have found are too cottage.

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