Feeling Bookish? August 28, 2010 DIY, Our House 3770 We are! I think I finally found a permanent home for the bookshelf Mike made. If you recall, it spent a brief amount of time in the office/guestroom, but that just wasn’t working out. So I brought it down to the living room to add some height to the space. The only problem? It was this awesome shade of green-y pine. My husband is a self professed hater of finishing, which left this otherwise handsome bookshelf in need of a serious makeover. It just didn’t fit with our other more mahogany colored furniture. I emptied it off in preparation for the main event: some stain. I had some leftover Minwax Polyshades Bombay Red Mahogany from when I refinished my dresser, so I whipped it out along with some foam brushes, rags, and fine steel wool. After a single coat to take the edge off the just-been-pressure-treated look, I was happy with the warmer reddish tone. Now the bookshelf plays nicely with our other furnishings, and I still feel like the handmade character was left in tact. Bonus: Having books in the living room makes us look really smart! 🙂 No Responses Kathy August 30, 2010 I love the darker look. The stain turned out great. Thanks for stopping by. I like your “framed” wall too. Hope you get lots of fun pictures to add – will you do color, B&W, or Sepia? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Leave this field empty CAPTCHA Code* Check here to Subscribe to notifications for new posts Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.