I just love this!
I bought this shelf several months ago.
It took me a long time to get to it because it was N-A-S-T-Y!
grease & grime
I finally cleaned it up. Then I removed the back and sanded that a little. I also sanded the edges of the shelf some too. After that, I brushed on a dark walnut stain. When I stain things that I'll be painting later, I don't apply the stain in the typical way. I just brush it on and then leave it to dry. Since I'm just gonna be painting over it, the the stain job doesn't need to be perfect. I will usually let it sit for 24-48 hours before I paint over it.
I waited. And waited. And waited some more. Then I painted over it. I used the Martha Stewart paint tester of Sea Glass (from Home Depot) which I've also used here & here. It's the perfect color for Spring and Summer projects and it's currently one of my favorite colors.
After the paint dried, I sanded it all again, put the back, back on and, voila!
Here's a side by side.
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