Rustic DIY Bookshelf with IKEA Ekby Brackets | Wooden planks at hardware stores that are labelled 1" are actually 3/4"—just an industry standard thing.  to get a perfect fit, you have to buy a stair tread that measures exactly 1" (she got hers at Lowes) and trim lengthwise to fit the braket.  The blogger here used “Dark Walnut” by Minawax for the stain.

Rustic DIY Bookshelf with IKEA Ekby Brackets

Rustic DIY Bookshelf with IKEA Ekby Brackets | Wooden planks at hardware stores that are labelled 1" are actually 3/4"—just an industry standard thing. to get a perfect fit, you have to buy a stair tread that measures exactly 1" (she got hers at Lowes) and trim lengthwise to fit the braket. The blogger here used “Dark Walnut” by Minawax for the stain.

Classic Grey Minwax stain

Classic Grey Minwax stain

Varathane wood stain in dark walnut, briarsmoke, and a mix of the two. More information at HomeWithLo.com

Varathane wood stain in dark walnut, briarsmoke, and a mix of the two. More information at HomeWithLo.com

Rob(i)nson: D.I.Y Closet office

Rob(i)nson: D.I.Y Closet office

minwax stains we have used "provincial" and been VERY happy. since we almost always use red oak, we know exactly how it will look...provincial is a very neutral, medium brown stain color. (when i say "neutral" i mean a color that doesn't read red or yellow or grey.)  here are my favorite "neutral" minwax stains, in order from dark to light:

minwax stains we have used "provincial" and been VERY happy. since we almost always use red oak, we know exactly how it will look...provincial is a very neutral, medium brown stain color. (when i say "neutral" i mean a color that doesn't read red or yellow or grey.) here are my favorite "neutral" minwax stains, in order from dark to light:

Adding a coat of Jacobean Minwax stain over the Dark Walnut left this beautiful, rich color

Adding a coat of Jacobean Minwax stain over the Dark Walnut left this beautiful, rich color

Stain color - minwax dark walnut

Stain color - minwax dark walnut

Custom built, solid wood Modern Farmhouse Dining Furniture. 7' L x 37" W x 30" H Baluster Table with a traditional tabletop stained Dark Walnut with an Ivory painted base. Pictured with a Dianne Bench and Henry Dining Chairs.

Custom built, solid wood Modern Farmhouse Dining Furniture. 7' L x 37" W x 30" H Baluster Table with a traditional tabletop stained Dark Walnut with an Ivory painted base. Pictured with a Dianne Bench and Henry Dining Chairs.

Minwax Dark Walnut with satin finish on white oak

Minwax Dark Walnut with satin finish on white oak

Aged weathered wood: stained dark walnut and then washed with watered-down gray chalk paint

Aged weathered wood: stained dark walnut and then washed with watered-down gray chalk paint

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