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Built In Shelf {the easy way} & Tutorial

Built In Shelf {the easy way} & Tutorial

Before and After, DIY & Crafts, Furniture, My Home, Tutorials
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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  1. Chrissy @ Boerman Ramblings
    March 6, 2012 at 4:37 am

    amazing! It looks great!

  2. Natassia Butler
    March 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    that is awesome!!!

  3. Danielle
    March 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    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!

  4. [email protected]
    March 6, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    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 🙂

  5. SweetPepperRose
    March 7, 2012 at 12:56 am

    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.

  6. luci wallis
    March 7, 2012 at 3:14 pm

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

  7. Helen's Decor
    March 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    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

  8. Jill ~ Jillify It
    March 9, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    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!


  9. Katie Olthoff
    March 9, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Great job!

  10. Abbie
    March 9, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    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. : )


  11. Little Vintage Cottage
    March 10, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Wow, what a great idea! It looks great!


  12. MARÍA
    March 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

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

    María from Spain

  13. Sharon @ mrshinesclass
    March 11, 2012 at 7:38 am

    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

  14. Alison @ Oopsey Daisy
    March 12, 2012 at 5:33 am

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

  15. Amanda
    March 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

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

  16. Six Sisters
    March 13, 2012 at 1:51 am

    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

  17. Paula
    March 13, 2012 at 7:23 pm

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

  18. Teresa
    March 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    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!

  19. Sarah
    March 17, 2012 at 11:50 pm

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

  20. Heatherly Loves
    March 18, 2012 at 3:43 am

    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

  21. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime
    March 18, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Love it so I pinned this 🙂

  22. Holly Lefevre
    March 18, 2012 at 5:56 am

    Brilliant and gorgeous!

  23. Glenda
    March 19, 2012 at 1:54 am

    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!

  24. kimberly hayes
    March 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    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

  25. Krystie
    July 10, 2013 at 5:14 am

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

  26. Elsko
    October 5, 2014 at 5:21 am

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

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