An easy corner shelf DIY project to give your home a custom design.
You can always tell the difference between a custom home versus a builder grade home. Not only does a builder grade house use less durable products, but there always tends to be a lack of design element unique to the home. One of my favorite things about building custom is the finishing touches.
Though somewhat remodeled, our builder grade home lacked the custom touch. We opted to make awkward wall space into usable storage space with a stylish corner wall shelf. Achieve a custom design with an easy built-in corner shelf DIY transformation.
An easy way to make a home appear more custom is by changing out finishes or adding built-ins. Built-in items like bookshelves or other open shelving are great for extra storage and decor, making the available space appear more usable and strategic. This option is especially ideal for any main living space like a living room or dining room, but also works for corner walls or bedrooms.
Examples of Stylish Built-in Options
- Entertainment center with custom floating shelves
- Custom bookshelves in our bonus room
- Built-in pantry in kitchen space
- Shelving unit for custom closet
- DIY Built-in mudroom lockers
- Hanging shelves in open kitchen
How to Add a Built-in Corner Shelf DIY
So how can you change up those odd corner spaces in your house? A great way to fix that awkward area is by installing a shelving unit or a set of corner shelves to fill the majority of the space.
I purchased this great corner shelf unit a few years back because I wanted to update it into a built-in shelf to create the custom look I was going for.
Supplies Needed for Corner Shelf DIY
- Corner shelf - I found mine at RC Willey in the scratch and dent section.
- Wood screws
- Stud finder
- Base molding or pine boards for the bottom of the shelf
- Wood fill
- A paint brush or sprayer
- Finish nailer
Attach the Shelf
The first step is to mount your adorable corner shelf. Ideally, you want to find a shelving unit that will take up the majority length of your small space. Also, a second pair of hands will make this part much easier.
Lift up the shelf onto the top of the baseboards. Use your stud finder to screw the wood shelves into the studs so it will hold tightly to the wall. But, make sure you have a straight line by using a level.
Frame the Bottom
Next step, frame the bottom underneath your shelf with small pieces of wood or leftover molding. Make sure to get your angled cuts correct by measuring twice, cut once. I used pine for the front edge piece. You can use wood glue to start securing the piece of wood in place, but ultimately you will need to use a finish nailer to secure it.
Use Caulk to Fill In
If your shelf doesn't fit flush along the flat surface in the corner of the room, that's okay. Use caulk to fill in the extra space.
Caulk all the spaces and use wood fill to fill in the screw holes. Additionally, when caulking make sure that you only use acrylic painter's caulk. If your caulk has silicone in it, your paint will not be able to stick to the caulking.
Sand, Prime and Paint
Next, you will want to sand any where you added wood fill. You can also lightly sand your shelf and wood boards so the primer will appropriately adhere.
Prime your all of your wood with an appropriate primer. Allow a little time for the primer to dry afterward, usually just a few hours. Then use a paint brush or sprayer to paint the wood. Also keep in mind that if you are using a sprayer you will want to tape off anything in the near vicinity that could get paint on it.
I also painted my shelf the same color as my existing moldings. Consequently, this will help your shelving to look like it was built-in and not a piece of furniture that has been screwed to the wall. Now this once odd corner is the best place for housing favorite decorative items.
Style Your Easy DIY Corner Shelves
Styling your empty corner shelf is just as easy as styling a floating shelf. The main thing to keep in mind is that you will have a larger space at the angle in the middle of the shelf. But also remember that the end of each shelf will be limited on space.
Because there is limited space, any type of greenery or dish is a great choice for a corner shelf. Another option is that you can even style it with a few books on each shelf.
Empty corners no more! There you have one of the best ideas for a built-in corner shelf DIY that changes the look from traditional to custom.
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