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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  • Linda Linda on Oct 05, 2019

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

  • Patti Fennell Patti Fennell on Oct 13, 2019

    What cuts did you make with the jigsaw?

  • Dorothy Ripley-Skinner Dorothy Ripley-Skinner on Oct 07, 2020

    It’s a great idea ..but how does a child reach the top one way to high

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