Rain Gutter Bookshelves
1 – 10’ white K-style vinyl gutter
4 – white K-style vinyl joiners
2 – white K-style vinyl end cap sets (they come in sets of 2)
2 – white K-style vinyl inside mitre (these are the middle sections of the shelves)
-1.5" drywall screws
(Sorry, I don't have a photo of the supplies but you can see everything I used in the step-by-step photos.)
The first thing I did was – using my chop saw – carefully and slowly cut my gutter into four even pieces. Since the gutter was 10’ long, I measured and marked every 2.5' on the gutter.
Next, I placed an end cap on the left end of two of my gutter pieces; then did the same for the right end of those same two gutter pieces.
You should have 4 pieces of gutter—two with an end cap on the left and two with an end cap on the right.
After my end caps were on, I took one of the shelves that had a left end cap and slipped on the bottom/cushion part of the joiner. I slid it on until the gutter was about half way in (photo 1) then I took one of the shelves that had a right end cap and slide it on to the same joiner (photo 2) until the left gutter piece and the right gutter piece were touching (photo 3).
Next, I took the plain/top piece of the joiner (photo 4) and, clipping it on at the top first (photo 5) then snapped it into place from the bottom (photo 6). Repeat for your two remaining gutter pieces.
*Note: Since I’ve never done this project before and have never handled gutters, I was so afraid I was going to break the joiner and/or the front of the gutter during this step, but you really have to almost man-handle these pieces because they fit on super snug.
Lastly, I marked in the corner of the wall with a pencil where Alex wanted the corner of the bottom shelf to hang. Then, I used a level to make sure the gutter was sitting evenly (is that a word?) on the wall and marked where the end of the future was on the wall.
Next, I had Alex hold the gutter on the marks while I drilled them securely to the wall. We repeated this step for the top shelf.
*Note: Initially, I went crazy trying to deal with anchors and that was proving to be a nightmare so with Alex's permission, I x'd the anchors since she didn't intend to load the gutters with books. Overall, however, the gutters felt very sturdy when I was finished mounting them to the wall so I feel confident that they will hold just fine without anchors.
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Patricia Holt on Feb 28, 2020
Wow! I love the idea and concept! My mind got thinking of all the different places I stack books!!!! My first thought was my cookbooks! I collect church cookbooks and each one is from a church I have visited in the past. I thought, what a great way to store and display these cookbooks about my kitchen! Then, the bathroom where floor space is limited... it is limitless! I love this and will put this into practice right away! Painting with that chalk paint... sponge painting in multiple layers of colors!
Bek on Jul 01, 2020
It occurs to me that this project would also work as a picture rail, provided the frames weren't too heavy, and with the amount of light-weight, pretty frames available, that isn't really an issue!