Just a quick little post to say that with a little help from the mom (that was seriously one HEAVY piece of wood) we got the kitchen shelf in place.
I LOOOOOOOVE it.
We got a couple of brackets at the Home Depot and some anchors for the plaster wall behind that paneling. My little mortar and pestle was a DAV thrift store find for $3.50 (oh, who am I kidding, everything up there came from a thrift store.)
As you can see, the one coat of poly I put on it really doesn't make it that shiny at all and because it's right above the stove, hopefully the poly will make it a little easier to clean off (dream on, woman without a range hood in her kitchen, dream on).
Welp, tomorrow it's back to crossing things off that gargantuan to-do list before the show on Friday. Wish us luck!