When we last left my swing shelf it was hanging gloriously in the master bedroom, but it was unfinished and now that I’ve decided (ahem, on a whim) to update that room it was time for the shelf to get a little attention.
Here’s what it was before:
Somehow I’ve lived in this house doing projects for 2 years and I’ve never stained anything, so here’s what I learned:
- Stain is much more watery then paint, so choose a brush you can control and make long swipes with it
- Paint thin thin thin coats, or it will bubble and you will panic.
- Stain has a stank on it, so don’t be a fool and do your staining either outside or in a garage and then leave it there to dry a day or two. I was a fool, and then I got a real big headache and my house stunk.
- Paintbrushes covered in stain are extremely difficult to clean. Mine is currently soaking in a cup of water on the kitchen counter.
Here’s an in progress shot so you can see the difference it made:
And here’s the shelf now (I apologize for the grainy pictures, daylight savings time is making it difficult to get a good shot because I’m basically at work during all hours of sunlight.):
I used Miniwax brand stain in dark walnut with a poly built right in, and I would absolutely recommend it.
And, just because it’s too small a project to have its’ own post, I also painted a skull for the bedroom. Yup, a skull. I like how they look. Anyway, you can get a styrofoam skull for super super cheap after Halloween. I first spray painted it white with Kilz primer (which I sneak peeked on instagram), then I painted it black, then I painted gold craft paint as the final coat. I did a black coat because it darkened the gold a bit and shows through on a few spots. Mr. Skullface now lives on our bedroom tv stand as another part of our master bedroom facelift:
So there you go- 2 of many tiny updates that will hopefully make the whole room look refreshed 🙂