Being a typical broke college girl, I get excited at any opportunity to save, whether it be on food, clothing, drinks, etc. Anything that'll save me a penny and still work just as well is fine by me. That being said, when I mentioned a few weeks ago I was in the market for some shelves to decorate my bland room's walls, my roommate suggested I try Good Will. We went together, and I came back with two light-cherry wood wall shelves, and two black wall sconces.
While the sconces worked perfectly with my decor (and were such a steal for $3), I couldn't help but notice how much the light color of the shelves clashed with my turquoise and chocolate brown themed room. But I couldn't NOT get them at $2.92 for the set, right? So, I headed to the local Walmart and picked up some "Dark English Chestnut" stain and a brush (Total: $6). In my
So far I have sanded my shelves and applied the first coat of staining on it. Three things I suggest to you readers: (1) Don't get too excited and begin staining your project before you get the chance to take a 'before' picture like little 'ole me (sorry folks!), (2) make sure to wear something you don't mind ruining (even if you're like me and think that you'll just "be careful." Stainer grows legs and jumps, I swear), and (3) make sure you sand each piece evenly if you are doing a multi-pieced set. I learned the hard way that not sanding evenly can cause the stain to take at different shades (duh?). But, no worries! I applied a little more stain on the shelf that lacked "sanding love," and it was good to go! I can't wait to get done with these shelves and place them on the wall. They're going to go perfect now with the decor in my little humble abode. Now, I just have to figure out what to put on them!
What would you suggest as a "budget option" for shelf decor? Keep in mind that I use turquoise, dark brown, mustard yellow, burnt red, and pops of green to decorate my room, and send me your suggestions in a comment!
What projects are y'all working on this week?
Sarah B Texas
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