Monday, March 5, 2012

Built In Shelf {the easy way} & tutorial


I got this shelf at RC Willey's, a local furniture store, in their scratch and dent department.  It has actually been with us through 3 moves and always found itself in some odd corner or the basement if there wasn't a corner.  But I have always loved this piece, so I hung on to it and I am so glad I did.  When we moved I shoved it in this corner but it just looked out of place, like it was calling for a little attention.....


I love the look of ANYTHING built it.  I think it is the custom look that just makes my mouth water.   This is the easiest built it ever!!!

First I put it up on the base boards and my husband screwed it in to the studs.

 Second I framed in the bottom.

 The shelf didn't fit perfectly against the is a good thing we have caulk!

Third I caulked all the spaces and filled all the screw hole.  When caulking make sure you us acrylic painters caulk, if it has silicone in it your paint will NOT stick!
Once everything was dry I sanded, primed and painted it the same color as my moldings!  I am IN LOVE!

Here are some more pictures of the fun decor items!




  1. First post I've read of yours. Love this idea. Guess this is the last move the shelf will be making, but what a wonderful resting place!

  2. Great idea, and great pics, too! I'm a new follower. If you have a minute, please stop by my brand new blog, I'd love to have you follow me, too! Thanks so much :)

  3. that looks great! I have a corner that needs this kind of attention :) thanks for sharing, and y'all did a really good looking job on it.

  4. That is an awesome idea...why can't I have a handy husband! It looks wonderful..adding to my to do file.

  5. How clever! I love corner shelves and corner china cabinets. You definitely had a vision and got it perfectly in place. Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower on Linky and hope you follow me. Helen of Helen's Decor

  6. LOVE the corner shelf!! I sooooo need my hubby to build me one or two! I would love for you to link up at my party going on now! Hope to see you there!


  7. Fantastic job!

    Love the dreamy white and the way you've accessorized! (Especially the vintage phone...I scored one of those at Goodwill, and it's my fave! : )

    And I would LOVE IT if you'd share this at Feature Friday FREE-FOR-ALL going on right now!

    Hope to see you soon!

    P.S. I'm a new follower. : )


  8. Wow, what a great idea! It looks great!


  9. I love it! It seems to be part of the structure of the house... very nice!

    María from Spain

  10. I'm in love too!! It looks GREAT. I'm going to go on a hunt for a small corner piece like that and try to recreate this look. Thanks for the inspiration. I'm going to pin this to my design inspiration board.
    I'm also looking forward to more great inspiration as a new follower.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  11. Absolutely beautiful!! Paint makes such a difference! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  12. I love it! It looks great! I love following your blog!!

  13. I LOVE this idea! And yes... caulk does work wonders! Thanks so much for sharing with us this week. Hope to see you again!
    - The Sisters

  14. Beautiful!! It looks perfect! We'd love for you to share this at our party!

  15. Fantastic! We have a useless corner in our hall where this would work perfectly!! Now I'll be on the hunt for a corner shelf!

  16. What a fantastic transformation!! I love it! I am your newest follower. Stop by sometime!! -Sarah

  17. Love how this turned out! I am pinning it, need to save this!
    Would love to have link this up at Sunday Round UP!
    3 blogs = 1 party

  18. Wow, just pulling it up on the baseboard and building a skirt made all the difference! So pretty - it looks as if it were built in when the house was built!

  19. Your shelf looks GREAT!! It was the only valuable 'corner shelf' tutorial out there! It helped tremendously with giving my own project some direction. Check out how you helped me get the ball rolling here --->

    Thanks again!!
    Wandering Lovely, Kim

  20. I am in love! Wow, it really looks built in!

  21. I'm going to go on a hunt for a small corner piece like that and try to ...



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