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  • Estimated Time

    Approximately 24 hours

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A natural wood stain is all it takes to refresh and update these unfinished wall shelves. Create a simple and natural look in any room when you do it yourself. Karen Marie Co. created this project and posted it to Instagram for DIY inspiration. 

  1. Lightly sand the pieces of wood to create smooth surface. 
  2. Lightly stir the can of Varathane Wood Stain.                                                                                                             
  3. With a brush or clean lint-free rag, apply the wood stain to the bare wood, following the directions on the can. Applow stain to penetrate the wood for 2-3 minutes and then remove excess with a lint-free cloth wiping in the direction of the grain.
  4. Let the wood stain dry for approximately 1 hour.
  5. Apply the Ultimate Polyurethane with a foam brush following the directions on the label.
  6. For the smoothest finish, lightly sand the polyurethane finish between coats. A minimum of 3 coats are recommended. 
  7. Let the polyurethane dry completely for 24 hours.
  8. Attach the brackets and hang your shelves on the wall.