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Built In Shelf {the easy way} & Tutorial

Built in items are some of my favorites in creating a beautiful home that looks like a custom design. I purchased this shelf a while back, but I knew I needed to update it into a built in shelf to create the custom look I was going for.
Built in shelf, the easy way!
I got this shelf at RC Willey’s, a local furniture store, in their scratch and dent department. While It has been with us through 3 moves, it always ended up 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…
Built in shelf, the easy way!
I love the look of ANYTHING built in, especially a built in shelf. I think it is the custom look that just makes my mouth water. This is the easiest built in ever!!!

What you will need

  • Corner shelf
  • Screws
  • Drill
  • Caulk
  • Base molding or pine for the bottom
  • Wood fill
  • Paint
  • Finish nailer

How to create a built in shelf

First of all, we lifted the shelf up on the base boards and screwed it in to the studs, so it would hold tightly to the wall.

Second, I framed in the bottom with pine, but you can use left over molding as well. Also, I used a finish nailer to hold everything in place.


The shelf didn’t fit perfectly against the wall… so it is a good thing we have caulk!

Next, I caulked all the spaces and filled all the screw hole. When caulking make sure you use acrylic painter’s caulk. Consequently, if it has silicone in it your paint will NOT stick to the caulk. Last of all, once everything was dry I sanded, primed and painted it the same color as my moldings so it would look like it was built in and not a piece of furniture we screwed to the wall! Now this once odd corner is a great place to house some of my favorite home decor items!

Built in shelf, the easy way!

And here are some more pictures of the decor items I especially love!





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