I wish I had gotten a photo of the bookshelf upright and indoors before I dragged it outside, but at least I took one before photo.
And yes, that's my kitty hoping we were building something for her to explore in. ;)
First, I primed the whole bookshelf with white primer for two reasons. One- I invisioned a white undercoat and two, this bookshelf is oak, and therefore, very grainy. I didn't want the wood grain to dominate through the paint. I knew I wanted a few layers poking through when it was finished so I then painted some of it with dark brown. I painted this outside by my garage and I am sure my neighbors were wondering if I had lost all sense of style- painting a bookshelf like a cow. It was very temporary.The final step was the glazing. Again, I wanted it soft and natural, so I mixed Valspar glaze with some walnut dark stain- about 8 to 1 parts. Then I stirred it all up and painted the whole shelf down. Before it was too dry (maybe 10-15 minutes), I wiped it down with rag. I continued applying and wiping until I was satified with the coverage. Very fun. But do wear gloves when doing this!