Rain Gutter Bookshelves Under $10

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I know what you’re thinking, “another rain gutter bookshelf idea?” This idea is different and stylish! Come along while I share how I create my own DIY bookshelves under $10.

I had one of the associates cut the 10′ gutter so I had one 4′ piece and then another 6′ piece. This allowed me to get it in my car.
The first thing I did after purchasing the gutters was to make the cuts with my Jig Saw.
I then sanded the edges.

After the edges were good and smooth wipe the gutters down to make sure all the dust is gone.


I decided to try a  new type of paint that includes primer AND paint in one. I purchased this at Lowes.
Painting here we go…….

My sweet little helper.

This paint went on really smooth and stuck really well on the first coat!
I always suggest two coats, even when it looks good after the first.
Two coats down and they are looking good!
Now it’s time to install.
Before I drilled anything into the wall, I found a stud. I used a drill bit to drill through the rain gutter and into the wall where the stud was.

After hanging each shelf with one screw, I went back and added two more screws to each shelf.

I’m guessing you noticed that I didn’t paint the inside of the book shelves before install.

I decided to paint the inside after they were installed on the wall so I could touch up paint if I needed too. If I had to do it over again, I would have painted the inside before I installed. I know it sounds crazy, but at the time I thought it was a good idea. 
Just a side note: I had every intention to purchase the end caps for the rain gutters, but they just happened to be out on the day I was there (always seems like my luck   ). I decided to proceed with my little DIY and add the end caps later if I wanted to.
A few coats of paint to the inside and I was almost done.

“Reading is dreaming with open eyes.” I knew this cute quote would be the finishing piece to my DIY shelves. I found  these stickers at Target. 
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  • Rich
    on Jan 25, 2019

    These gutters seem very narrow. Am I mistaken? My gutters are wider.

  • Linda
    on Oct 5, 2019

    Like the idea, even for the kitchen. How much weight will the gutters hold, and how far apart did you put the screws?

    • Lindsey
      on Oct 5, 2019

      I'm not sure about exactly how much weight, but it holds my daughters books well. The only issue is when the books fall forward, the front of the gutters bend and they do tend to fall. Otherwise they work well. I put the screws a few inches inside each side of the ends and one screw in the middle.

  • Patti Fennell
    on Oct 13, 2019

    What cuts did you make with the jigsaw?

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  • Carolyn from NH
    on Oct 5, 2019

    Look at those curls 😊. Shelves very cute, love the pink.

  • Muji
    on Oct 7, 2019

    Love the idea. Splendid I will actually do it for my home school since the my hallway in the unit I rent us narrow.

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