So far so good!! My open plan kitchen is on it's way. The shelves are up and one coat of black varnish is nearly covered it. (This photo was taken a few days ago!). So far it has used 3 tins of varnish. My husband had to come home from work tonight and drive out miles to our nearest Ikea for another 4 tins of varnish to cover the rest and varnish it once more.
I don't think I ever want to varnish my own shelves again!! There has been tears, lol! Hopefully it will look great once finished!!