I managed to paint the shelf with the base color this weekend. It is a color called Boot Leather. Sounds interesting, eh?
I do plan to take the project a step further. Baby steps are necissary, especially when you have one crawling at your feet all the time ;-)
Though I was INDEED motivated this weekend and got a lot of things accomplished, I was not able to continue the project I had started before. Perhaps I will be able to finish that this week!