How to Make a Corner Shelf!

5 Materials
2 Days
This is an easy way to make and paint a corner shelf.

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This is the finished corner shelf.
My lovely wife Mariko drew out the dimensions and I used cedar to build it.

I used one and a half boards to make this shelf, so it cost about $6. Two would cost $9.
This is a pretty simple jigsaw cut. Add the thickness of the board to one side so they're equal when you screw them together.
Here are both sides joined together.
I used a pot lid to trace the shelves.
I glued and screwed everything together with wood screws.

Cedar wood is soft and really easy to sand, so don't worry about little imperfections in your cuts. I cut my shelves a tad big, so I could sand them down to become level with the sides. My old jigsaw blade even broke on the last shelf I cut. I used this shelf in the middle and you can see the bump in the picture. No, problem though, because you can correct things like this with a sander...if it's not too bad.
You can see how it's easy to sand everything down to line up.
After sanding, Mariko painted the shelf with one coat of Annie Sloan graphite.
When that dried she used Annie Sloan original, dry brushing in areas to get the graphite to show through. When the original dried she spot sanded more accents even bringing small spots down to the wood. When she finished she sealed the shelf with Annie Sloan clear wax...I sound like an Annie Sloan commercial..
Here's the corner shelf in the corner.
This was an attempt at a wavy shelf that came out way too wavy.
This is a shorter and fatter version of the corner shelf.

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  • Vicky Corey Vicky Corey on Feb 16, 2018
    Bryan, I love coming up on your posts! You and your wife have the most amazing things in your home you've diy'ed! You both have an awesome talent! If you guy's have a blog I would sure love to follow it!!

    • Bryan's Workshop Bryan's Workshop on Feb 18, 2018

      Thank you very much Vicky! I really appreciate it! We should have our blog up in a couple months.

  • Dez12861246 Dez12861246 on May 18, 2018

    Nice. I have 6 of these my Great grandfather made them. I love them nice hand-me downs.