I’m still working on updating/continuing to decorate areas in our home, starting with our entryway. I shared our front porch decor, and I’m currently wrapping up the decor in our foyer. I did a couple DIY projects for this space, including staining a wooden shelf.
We have a halltree directly across from this shelf (I’ll be sharing that soon!) so I’m not using the shelf for more than decor. After finding an oval mirror, I figured a small shelf sitting under it would make the space feel a bit bigger.
So I looked around for a grey shelf, & I even bought a brown one., thinking I could just repaint it but rethought that decision before doing so. I decided to just buy. a piece of Poplar wood from Lowe’s & attempt to stain it myself. Well, I initially bought the stain color Navy by Minwax, For some reason, the color on the can looked grey but the true color was actually a navy blue. We ended up having leftover stain from a project Orlando worked on, True Black by Minwax but I figured that would be too dark so I got the bright idea to mix it with a gray interior paint.
So here’s what you need:
Wood (I used Poplar, got it for around $12 at Lowe’s)
Stain (True Black by Minwax is what I used)
Paint color of choice (I believe this would work best with brown, grey or black)
Foam or paint brush
Brackets (I used L brackets)
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First, I painted on a layer of stain with a foam brush (I wanted the paint as light as possible).
Lastly, I brushed on more of the stain, until I got a look I was happy with.
What’s great about this method is that you can “edit” the color as much as you’d like. I added more gray at one point, when I laid on the last layer of stain too thick. So alter it as you please.
I love how the shelf turned out! & I can’t wait to show you all the rest of our foyer.