Remember that one time back in December when I asked you to help me pick between four possible stains for my little woodworking project? Here’s what happened with all that.

For the few of you who don’t remember everything I posted to Instagram in 2013, let’s get you caught up.

Ok, crafty internet peeps. Building a shelf for the nursery. Which stain is your fav?

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I got this bright idea to build a shelf for our son’s nursery. Why not just buy one? Because I’m cheap. I’d rather spend 10 hours constructing a flawed shelf that requires another 5 hours of retooling instead of going to IKEA and purchasing one for $30.

By cheap, I mean that due to the abundance of my time and the scarcity of liquidity over the holidays, the cost for my hourly labor was less than the cost of a machine-made knick-knack holder. Sometimes you have time. Sometimes you have money. This time, I had time.

So, for about $25 I purchased two 6ft lengths of 1×8 poplar wood, some poplar trim pieces and some wood filer. The rest of the project supplies were lying around my garage. Then, I got to work.

My original plans called for a floating-style shelf where the shelf attaches to the wall without visible support. The plan fell through when the hefty 2×8 block of wood fell to the floor after hanging. Too dang heavy.

So, plan “B.” A pair of iron brackets that go with the bird and branch lamp in the corner and fit with the travel / adventure theme of the room. Good stain choice, by the way.

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Husband. Dad. Pastor. I like to capture moments, pull their threads, and see what unravels. Lead well, read well, think well. And grace. Lots of grace.

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