Materials: (1) Ikea Ekby Statlig wall shelf 47 7/8×11″, (4) Ikea Vika Moliden legs, (16) screws, Minwax Wood Stain, Minwax Polycrylic, (1) 2″ synthetic brush, and a power drill.
First, I screwed on the Vika Moliden legs to the long Ekby Statlig shelf using a power drill. I randomly chose a spot to add the legs but made sure it was placed evenly between both ends. I didn’t, however, use the screws provided with the legs because the screws where just a little longer than the thickness of the wood; instead, I bought shorter screws (less than an inch) for a couple of bucks at Home Depot.
Once the table was assembled, I stained the wood with Minwax Wood Stain in English Chestnut using a 3″ synthetic brush. I didn’t sand or prep the wood beforehand with the exception of quick clean with a wet cloth to make sure no dust or other particles were on it. I only did one coat but if you want to add more coats, it’s probably a good idea to allow it to dry for an hour between coats.
After staining the wood, I cleaned the brush thoroughly to later use for adding polycrylic. If you want to reuse the brush, it is best to clean it soon after using to avoid the brush from drying up clumpy.
I let it dry over night then added only one coat of Minwax Polycrylic because I didn’t want the table to be too shiny. Several hours later it was dry and ready to go.
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