Today is confession day. Yep. That’s almost what every Ugly Truths post ends up being. Are you new here? If so, I’ll link up a few more posts in the Ugly Truth category below. We all make mistakes. We all cut corners. We are all human and this is my way of showing you all that. You love me for it, right?! Ha, hope so! So, here we go… The Ugly Truths :: How I Cut Corners with the Kitchen Shelving.
So, you all know we installed the shelving ourselves. See our tutorial for the Heavy-Duty Floating Kitchen Shelves if you missed it the first time. Or, check out our kitchen reveal which includes all the DIY projects for the kitchen as well as sources!
What you may not know was that I was in charge of staining and finishing them. Well…
I might have cut a corner and decided not to put poly on the shelves. My thought process was that they weren’t going to get messy. Well, that’s kinda right and kinda wrong. You see, weirdly enough, they don’t accumulate lots of dust. I know, strange! BUT, as much as I’m aware of what I’m putting on them, this happened:
Do you see the coffee cup rings? There are two of them side by side.
Well, to be frank, I was annoyed with myself but not heartbroken about it. BUT, I am smart enough to realize that I’m lucky that nothing terribly bad happened to the shelves.
So, after reaching out to Brit over at House Updated (she’s my go-to for asking questions or chatting design) she encouraged me to go with matte poly.
So, that’s what I did.
I wiped the shelves down with a microfiber cloth to start with.
Then, I prepped my supplies.
I put a super light coat on all sides.
After following the dry time, I gently sanded. I wiped the shelves down again and put another coat on.
What about the coffee cup rings? Well, I left them. They really don’t bother me. If you had staining on your shelves and you wanted to get the staining out then you would have needed to sand them before you applied poly. Here’s a great tutorial on sealing butcher block that would help you do this process for your shelves!
So, I encourage you to not be like me and to do things right the first time.
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