Rain Gutter Bookshelf {Son's Room}


I was off for two weeks over Christmas.  I had big plans to get all kinds of projects done around my house, instead, I wound up just relaxing and spending time with my kids and my family, which was fantastic and just what I needed.

One thing I did manage to accomplish though was to make a bookshelf for the magazines and books that my son likes to read before he goes to bed.
They were winding up in a cluttered mess on the desk that's next to his bed.

I wasn't quite sure what I was going to use, but knew that it had to have a low profile because it was going to be right next to his bed.  Jacob was concerned about "bonking" his head on it in the night if I put up anything that stuck out too far.

I really love the use of the Ikea spice rack that I've seen on Pinterest and several blogs.  Like this one.

via Pinterest
Sadly, we don't have an Ikea here so I had to think of something else.  Then I remembered seeing, somewhere, sometime, that someone had used a plastic rain gutter as a bookshelf.  I figured I would give it a try.  I got a white rain gutter and ...
a right and left end cap at Home Depot.
I used my miter box saw to cut the rain gutter.  First I cut it about three feet long, but decided it was too long, and cut it down to two and a half feet.  It was a little tricky to cut because it's flexible and moved around a lot.  It was actually easier to cut when it was longer.
Once I had the rain gutter cut to the size that I wanted, I used some W-D 40 (my favorite adhesive remover) to take off the price tags from the two end caps.
Then, I cleaned them up and attached them onto the rain gutter.
Now, comes the part that I always hate, attaching it to the wall.  This is where I wish I had a handy hubby (or a handy anybody) to hang it for me.  This is not my strong suit, which is why you see the pencil line on the wall and the hole way above where I actually decided to hang the shelf.  This is also the point where I send my kids out of the room because I know that there will be muttered cursing under my breath that they really shouldn't hear.

I use my stud finder to find a stud in the wall where it will hang.  Then, I put three holes into the back of the gutter with a drill bit.  The center hole will go into the stud and the other two holes, I'll use toggle bolts.  I screw the center part into the stud, but I don't screw it all the way into the wall yet.  I check it for level.
Then, I mark the other two holes.
Nice bandaid!
I move the shelf out of the way so that I can make the holes for my toggle bolts for both of the other holes.  I did have to remove one of the end caps so that I could bend the gutter in order to screw the second toggle bolt flush with the wall.  Then, I reattached it with just a little bit of difficulty (and more muttered cursing under my breath).  
Finally!  It's attached to the wall.
Now, I just need to fill in the hole and paint over my pencil mark.
 The paint is really old and goes on very light so I worry that it's not going to dry the same color as the walls, but it does (whew).
Sorry for the dark picture!  It was a rare cloudy day.
Now, it's time to add the magazines and books that Jacob is currently reading at bed time.  I'm a little concerned that the bookshelf won't hold heavy books, but it's actually very sturdy.
Jacob and I both love the way it turned out, and he hasn't bonked his head on it once!
I also found a light solution for Jacob's night time reading that I'll share with you soon.

Until next time!  Thanks so much for dropping by.

4 comments

  1. Totally genius!! I love the way this turned out and those awesome green frames above it! And I'm glad to know I'm not the only one cursing under my breath when it comes time to mount something to the wall :)

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  2. This is brilliant!!! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Hop xo

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