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Five DIY Rain Gutter Bookshelves Under $10

I know what you’re thinking, “another rain gutter bookshelf idea?” I know this idea is so “yesterday” on Pinterest, but hear me out. I’ve scoured Pinterest and the web for rain gutter bookshelves that DON’T look like rain gutters. There aren’t any!  Well, friends, I decided I would make my own and make sure these DIY  bookshelves actually looked great too! I’m going to share with you my own twist on the DIY rain gutter bookshelves for under $10!

Five DIY Rain Gutter Bookshelves for Under $10

Let’s start with how to make the rain gutter bookshelves.

I’m gearing up to start my daughters bedroom makeover, and on the top of the to do list is organizing a place for her books. Her room is small, and I need to create more floor space. This means the books need to be up on the wall and off of the floor! I thought about buying a shelf, but then why would I do that when I can make my own for a fraction of the cost!

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Materials for the DIY book ledge:

  • Rain gutter– I bought one PLASTIC 10′ piece with the idea to cut five 2′ bookshelves.
rain gutters
  • Measuring tape
  • pencil or pen
  • Jig Saw
  • Medium to fine grit sand paper
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Drill
  • Drywall screws

While at the hardware store 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 (and one less cut I had to make).

How to make your own DIY rain gutter bookshelves

  • The first thing I did when I got home was to make the cuts with my Jig Saw.
making cuts with jig saw on the rain gutters
cut rain gutter
  • Once I had five 2′ gutters cut, I sanded the edges.
sand paper to sand the edges
  • After the edges were good and smooth (don’t want the little ones getting cut or snagged), wipe the gutters down to make sure all the dust is gone.
  • Time to paint the rain gutter bookshelves!

How do you paint a plastic rain gutter?

Well friends, I’ve painted a lot of “non paintable” surfaces and I’ve learned one valuable lesson:

Primer is key.

Duh…. I know this seams like a no brainer but I know so many people who skip this step.

DON’T!

Did I ever tell you I’m a lazy DIYer? You might already be able to see this, but if you haven’t, well, there it is!

Because I’m a lazy DIYer, I decided to try a new type of paint that includes primer AND paint in one. I got this at Lowe’s.

valspar paint plus primer

I’ve always been a little leery about trying an ALL IN ONE paint, but I’m all about trying new things, especially if it makes my life easier.

paint for rain gutter bookshelves

Pretty pink!

Painting here we go…….

My sweet little helper.

painting the rain gutter bookshelves

Believe it or not this paint went on really smooth and stuck really well on the first coat!

Wahoo!

I always suggest two coats, even when it looks good after the first.

painted rain gutter book shelves

Two coats down and they are looking really good! Now it’s time to install.

installing rain gutter book shelves
  • 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.
  • I started by installing the bottom bookshelf.  I then added a tall book in the shelf and measured to see where the next shelf should go. I kept the measurements the same for the rest of the shelves.
  • After hanging each rain gutter shelf with one screw, I went back and added two more screws to each shelf.

When I was done, each shelf had three drywall screws.

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. This might seem like a no brainer to some of you, but at the time I thought it was a good idea. 🙂

rain gutter shelves

Just a side note: I had every intention to purchase the end caps for the rain gutters, but they just happened to be out at the hardware store 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….or so I thought.  After I added the final coat of paint to the gutters and placed the books in their shelves, I kind of liked the shelves without the end caps! Since they are plastic, I don’t have to worry too much about injuries.

  • A few more coats of paint to the inside and I was almost done.

Now for the fun part…

“Reading is dreaming with open eyes.”

I knew this cute quote would be the finishing piece to my DIY rain gutter shelves. I found these stickers at Target. 

DIY rain gutter bookshelves

DIY Rain gutter bookshelves
DIY book ledge
DIY rain gutter bookshelves
FIve DIY rain gutter bookshelves
Rain gutter bookshelves

I’m no stranger to creating my own DIY open shelving. I’ve been DIY’ing shelves for years. I even shared how to style them in my post.

Feel free to save the image below for later to Pinterest.

Happy DIYing! Thanks for stopping by.

How to make DIY Rain Gutter Bookshelves

FIve DIY rain gutter bookshelves

This is a simple tutorial on how to build five DIY rain gutter bookshelves for under $10 total.

Active Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost 10 dollars

Materials

  • Rain gutter- I bought one PLASTIC 10' piece with the idea to cut five 2' bookshelves.
  • Measuring tape
  • pencil or pen
  • Medium to fine grit sand paper
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
  • Drywall screws
  • Primer

Tools

  • drill
  • jig saw

Instructions

  1. Use the jig saw to make five 2' cuts in the rain gutter (you can choose to have the hardware store do this for you).
  2. Sand all the edges
  3. Wipe the gutters down to make sure all the dust is gone
  4. Use primer and paint to paint the rain gutters
  5. Once the rain gutters are dry, mark where you want to install them
  6. Since the rain gutters are 2', you should have one stud to drill into.
  7. Start by attaching the rain gutters to the wall by drilling into the stud.
  8. After hanging each rain gutter shelf with one screw into the stud, add two more drywall screws to each shelf.
  9. Attach stickers or decorate and enjoy your new DIY rain gutter bookshelves.

Notes

I had every intention to purchase the end caps for the rain gutters, but they just happened to be out at the hardware store 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....or so I thought.  After I added the final coat of paint to the gutters and placed the books in their shelves, I kind of liked the shelves without the end caps! Since they are plastic, I don't have to worry too much about injuries.

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Ann @ Live The Old Way

Wednesday 10th of October 2018

This is such a great idea! Similar ones, even from IKEA, can get pricey and these can be any length you choose. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Homestead Blog Hop, please come back again soon!

Jann Olson

Sunday 7th of October 2018

Such a great idea. I love the stickers!! Thanks for sharing with SYC. hugs, Jann

Bright

Friday 5th of October 2018

Really cool idea Momma!

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