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Refinishing Wood Bookcase Shelves
Overview: Refinishing wood
bookcase shelves is an easy wood working DIY project. Wood
products of all kind are expensive. Refinishing the bookcase
shelves rather than buying a new bookcase will save you
Most bookcases are made of wood
with wood shelves that are adjustable so various book sizes
or other memorabilia such as photographs and keepsakes will
fit between the shelves. Book cases may be wall bookcases
that are mounted to the wall or built into the wall or they
may be just a free standing shelf bookcase. From time to
time the shelves need to be refinished due to wear and
tarnishing from exposure to air and moisture.
The finish may
be paint or stain with a top coat of varnish depending upon
your personal choice and the decor of the room. Wood paint
and natural wood stain comes in numerous colors, shades and
types. The finish you put on your shelves is a matter
coordinating the style that is best for the room. The
structure of some bookcases is painted while the shelves may
be stained. This is a great combination and adds a stylish
finish to the room.
If you have hardwood such as a cherry
bookcase or a mahogany bookcase you probably will want to
keep them stained. Whatever your preference, refinishing
wood bookcase shelves is a great DIY home improvement
project that is well within the capability of most
below are offered for refinishing wooden bookcase shelves.
Tools and Materials:
Clean 3 – 4
How to do it:
shelving from the bookcase and place them on a bench in the
blemishes that may need to be repaired with wood filler.
shelves with a paint solvent to remove any dirt or surface
two step process:
shelves with a 120 grit sand paper.
hole or blemishes with wood filler and let dry.
Finish sanding using a 220 grit sand paper.
Wipe all the
dust from the shelves with a clean, lint-free rag. You may
do this step at least two times to insure all the
dust is removed.
however, some general application guidelines. You should
always go with the grain when applying stain, whether by
brush, sponge or rag.
Wipe away any runs immediately. Hold a
clean rag in one hand. As you apply stain with a brush or
sponge, use the rag to rub it into the wood. Penetrate the
wood grain thoroughly.
Depending on the type of stain, brand
and how dark you want the shelf, you may have to apply more
than one coat.
clear varnish finish on top of the stain or wood. This will
seal and protect the wood with a hard finished surface.
Apply the clear coat
with a clean brush or sponge in even strokes. Take care to
prevent any runs.
varnish dry thoroughly and light sand with 0000 grit steel
wool. Apply another coat of varnish, let dry and sand with
0000 grit steel wool. Apply a good quality paste wax to the
finish and buff.
is all there is to it.
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