First I found some 1x4 scraps in our basement, cut them to size, and made two L-shaped pieces that I would later glue the owls to. To make the L-shaped pieces I made pocket-holes using my Kreg Jig and screwed them together.
After rounding the edges with a handheld sander, I wiped the pieces down and stained them using some “Jacobean” stain we got on clearance at Ace Hardware. I put the stain on heavily, allowed it time to sink in, wiped off the excess, and put on a second coat. I haven’t used this stain before, but I really liked the final color. It was a dark brown without any hint of red, which is hard to find. Two coats of polyurethane later, I was ready to attach the owls.
The owls were primarily white to begin with, but they had creepy, beady yellow eyes, so I gave them a coat of white spray paint (Rustoleum’s Painter’s Touch White). To attach the owls to the wooden pieces, I used an epoxy. After allowing them the afternoon to dry, I put them in the nursery bookshelves.
They look so cute holding up those well-loved children’s books (well-loved at least by myself and my siblings, maybe even more generations!).