Check out Part I of this post to see the building of these shelves!
We wanted a dark wood stain for the shelves. We’re a little atypical with painting and staining in that (except for walls and ceilings) we apply finishes to everything before the final install. It just makes it easier to pull together the final project without worrying about taping and touching up already painted walls. This means I had to deconstruct the shelves for staining and mark each piece inconspicuously with it’s location so I could rebuild it easily. It’s extra work, but we think it’s worth it in the end for a high quality finished product. We’ll probably write a blog about our reasons one day. Carolyn did all the staining and top coats because she’s way better at finishing touches than I am. In case anyone is wondering we used Minwax Dark Walnutfor our stain color. It very closely matches the hardwood flooring color we chose for the house.