03 April 2013

DIY Crown Moulding Shelf

For the 8 months we have lived in this house I have been at a loss at what to do with my daughter's room.  She is the oldest and has her own space, for now.  Her room has high vaulted ceilings, a plant ledge, and a large window.  Although these features are beautiful, I have to admit, they are intimidating.  What her room is lacking is functionality.  She needs more floor space, more shelf space and some pretty things to look at.  I finally have a plan for my daughter's room.  The first step is adding decorative storage with a wall length crown moulding ledge shelf.  I was able to build this 11' shelf for about $20.00!

DIY Crown Moulding Shelf,  bead board wall paper

Items Purchased:

2=1x4x12 pine boards $6.12 each
1=12' crown moulding  $7.32 each

Tools Needed:

Tape Measure
Pencil
Large Level
Stud Finder
Miter Saw
5=2" Screws
8=1 1/4 Screws
Brad Nailer and Air Compressor

Additional Items:

Beadboard wallpaper
Paint
2" Angle Brush

Step 1: Measure, Mark, Level, Locate

Measure and mark 13" down from the ceiling several times along the wall.
Using a level and a pencil draw a horizontal line all the way along the wall.
Mark the studs use a stud finder to locate all the studs.

DIY Crown Moulding Shelf, beadboard wall paper

Step 2:  Measure, Cut, Mark, Drill

Measure the length of the wall ( my wall measured 130" 1/2) and cut the 1x4 to fit.  Hold the board up to the line and mark the board where the markings for the studs line up.  I marked 8 studs and only attached the board to 5.  To prevent splitting pre-drill holes, for screws, in board.  Attach to wall using 2" screws.  *Tip: Check for level again.*

DIY Crown Moulding Shelf,  bead board wall paper

Draw a level line, locate and mark the studs

I added the beadboard wall paper at this point.  In retrospect, I should of waited until the next step was completed.  The wall paper scuffs easily!

DIY Crown Moulding Shelf, beadboard wall paper

Step 3:  Measure, Cut, Drill

Cut the top board to the same length as the bottom board.  Pre-drill about every 16".  Place on top, forming an ledge.  Secure, drilling from top, with 1 1/4" screws.

DIY Crown Moulding Shelf, beadboard wall paper

DIY Crown Moulding Shelf, beadboard wallpaper

Step 4:  Measure, Cut, Nail

Cut the crown moulding to the same length as the other 2 boards.  Place the board equal distance from both edges of the other boards.  My set back was 5/8".  Nail along the bottom then along the top.

DIY Crown Moulding Shelf, beadboard wallpaper

DIY Crown Moulding Shelf, beadboard wallpaper

Step 5:  Putty, Tape, Prime, Paint

Fill in the nail holes with wood putty.  I even used a little on the wood knots.  Tape the edges of the walls that need protected.  I didn't tape because I was painting the walls.  Use a good primer to cover the knots, I prefer Kilz.  Then paint the whole shelf using a semi-gloss or gloss paint.  I used the same color as the trim and doors.

DIY Crown Moulding Shelf, beadboard wallpaper

Overall this project was easy.   I was able to do most of it myself.  I needed an extra hand to hold the boards up while I attached them to the wall.  Now I have to go paint.  I'll post more later.

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34 comments:

  1. I love this idea! And your tutorial is easy to follow, thanks!
    Selene @ Restoration Beauty

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  2. Great idea! I think I may do this in my daughter's room too, it looks like it gives it a good shelf space.

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    1. She is having fun arranging her things on it.

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  3. This is such a great idea, I love it. Will be fun to add decorative items to display.

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  4. Great idea! We live in such a small house that we try to use every available inch of space and everything we own needs to double as storage. My son's room could use some shelves like this, though I might need to figure out a way to make them look more manly. :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks you, my plan is too add hooks to the bottom of the shelf and hang pictures. I may make one for my son too. I would make it a little bit wider, for his books.

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  5. That looks great! I'm pinning this!
    home-hearted.blogspot.com

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  6. This project turned out beautifully. I co-hosted with Ginger Snap Crafts party and featured it on my blog: http://southpawcrafts.blogspot.com/2013/04/party-features-wall-organization.html

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  7. Great idea! It will be perfect for display. I can't wait to see the big reveal! Thank you for sharing it at the Shady Porch!

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  8. Looks easy enough! :)

    Thanks for linking up at the Link Up this week! :)

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  9. This is such a great idea, it looks great!! Thank you for sharing on last weeks Thrifty Thursday!
    I have made your post a Feature for this week, I hope you will join us again!
    http://healthyhiggins.blogspot.com/2013/04/thrifty-thursday-11.html

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  10. Love the wall to wall shelf. GREAT Job! I've featured you today at Think Tank Thursday.
    http://www.saving4six.com/2013/04/welcome-to-think-tank-thursday-25.html

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  11. Great idea and tutorial! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features at the Sunday Showcase tomorrow from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a Sunday Showcase button. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you! I will I will be sharing another sneak peak of Paige's room.

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  12. This turned out SO great Callie! What a wonderful, custom look, and it looks great with the headboard. Thank you for sharing at Pretty Things this week, hope to see you again tomorrow night!

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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  13. This is a wonderful idea! You shared a wonderful tutorial very detailed and easy to understand. Thanks so much for joining us at Transformed Tuesday.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Designs

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  14. Pretty darn sweet! I would love to do this for my son and place his cars there. Such an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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    1. Thanks for visiting and the great comment!

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  15. So pretty and so functional!! I can't wait to see it when it's done. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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  16. I ABSOLUTELY love this idea! It is adorable and perfect for a girls room! SO creative! DO you have any ideas on how you will use the shelf? I am excited to see the finished product! I found you on the Pinkwhen link up and am now following your blog and on Pinterest! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I let my daughter choose what to put on it. She chose some stuffed animals and a tea set she painted. I'm glad to have you following!

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