I finally got on this project over the weekend. The shelves, not the stupid outlet cover. Here are the sweet red oak components of one of our two kitchen shelves:
The shelf boards are from a local hardwoods place I found online. They were able to cut down the oak to the exact measurements I wanted, so I got two oak shelves 42 inches long, 11.5 inches deep, and 1.75 inches thick. They are so beefy! I paid $124 for both pieces and couldn't be happier. Piecing a thick oak shelf together at the local big box store would've been a pain and would not have looked as nice.
They did need a finish sand before staining. Especially on the edges....see the difference?
I picked the stain up from our local Hallman Lindsay store. I thought about painted shelves way back, but I really wanted more warmth in the kitchen, so I went with red oak with a plan to stain to match the floors.
The American Walnut stain was a near perfect match for the floors, tested here on a scrap piece of flooring. Fabulous!
I wanted to only do one coat of stain, and I'm very happy with the color with just one pass. I didn't let it sit, I just applied and wiped it smooth right away.
Gorgeous! The knot on this one will most likely be the top part of the top shelf, so no one will see it. Although, I don't actually mind it.
The shelf brackets were really annoying to stain, but I got the job done with the help of some Q-tips for the tight areas. These four brackets from architecturaldepot.com cost me $125 and can hold 250 pounds. That's great, considering how heavy the boards are alone!
The next step is to coat all the pieces with my favorite finish for stained wood, Deft spray lacquer. I think I will use semi-gloss for this application. This lacquer is so durable, our dining room table still looks newly refinished a year and a half later.
We're getting there!