We are in the thick of our kitchen update, friends. It's taking a long time and of course there have been bumps in the road. I think when you live in the space it's sometimes harder to make decisions because you have to live with the choices you make. You already know what you don't like and what you'd like to improve, as opposed to renovating a place you've never lived in. Not to mention you have an emotional attachment to the space. As it sits right now, my kitchen cabinets are white (YAY!). I think the look I'm going for is a little modern country with a touch of industrial.
I'm going to make my own reclaimed wood shelves to save some money. Last Friday I picked up some wood samples from a local company, Vintage Timberworks. Vintage Timberwork's showroom is charming (think Snow White's cottage) and I wish I could have walked around the lumberyard to explore. They handle all kinds of reclaimed wood projects and can fabricate for you or you can buy materials and DIY it. The top piece of lumber is douglas fir and the bottom piece is pine. The lumber comes in 1" or 2" thick pieces. Grey is so popular right now, but I want a warmer feel for what I have going on in my home, Vintage Timberworks gave me these samples to play around with.
All you DIYers listen up. This wax is amazing. Really, really. The wood samples I got were really rough and this stuff really transformed the wood and was incredibly easy to apply and use.
Before I applied the wax I sanded both wood samples. I used various grits of sandpaper, 120-220 grit, and spent maybe a total of five minutes sanding just to knock down some of the really rough splintery parts of the wood.
I let the little lady try it out too, not sure that was a good idea because the next day she helped herself to the sander and started sanding stuff in the garage. No joke. She's getting too independent for her own good.
I was pretty sure I was going to lean towards the douglas fir but I wanted to see what the pine would look like after the wax was applied.
It was a little chilly when I was working with the wax and it was easy, but I think if it was warmer out it might be even easier.
You apply the wax with the grain with a paint brush. Wipe off any excess wax and let it sit for 24hrs.
The next day you buff out the wax with a lint free cloth and the wood has a really pretty sheen. It's not overly polished but just enough of a shine. I think I'm going to go with the douglas fir. The pine is out of the question, but I'm trying to decide if I want to experiment with any other species of wood. The douglas fir is gorgeous in person and really inexpensive. The overall shelf style is going to be simple, basically a larger version of these samples. Stayed tuned for more on this project.