DIY Doorway Shelf

Saturday, July 24, 2010

I am super duper pumped to say that I did this project completely mostly by myself. I even used a compound mitre saw for the first time (in the driveway at 10:00 at night, which was completely thrilling I might add).

Here are some photos which were my inspiration for this project:

Cute, right?

Materials I Used:

- Pepsi with ice (essential)
- 1 piece of pine board (with no knots, boo to knots!)
- 2 pine shelf brackets (I had to find ones that were slim enough to fit on either side of the doorway)
- 1 piece of pine trim (the same width as the pine board)
- compound mitre saw (woah!)
- carpenter's glue (sticky)
- staple gun (Alex's idea)
- nail set (I like this little gadget)
- wood filler (tinted white)
- sandpaper (fine grit)
- primer (Fresh Start - Benjamin Moore)
- paint (Simply White - Benjamin Moore)
- screws (long enough to go through plaster and then wood)
- drill (I finally know how to change the drill bits, woohoo!)

See the sawdust on there? That's from me!

First, with Alex's supervision, I used the mitre saw to cut the pine board to the length I needed. I also cut each end on an angle to match up with our charmingly crooked walls. I also cut the piece of trim to match the length of the front of the board. Before I attached the trim I made sure to sand and prime each piece.

Because the trim I selected was so thin, I was able to use a staple gun to attach it to the front of the pine board. I also used carpenter's glue to make sure it adhered properly. I used a nail set and wood filler to conceil the 7 staples I used. Easy peasy.

Finally, I gave everything 2 good coats of Simply White by Benjamin Moore (which matches the trim in the room). I attached the brackets to the wall on either side of the doorway with a drill and screws and simply placed the board on top.

And here's how it looks all finished, crooked walls and all.

I don't have alot of trinkety things to put up top this little shelf yet, but I'm always looking for an excuse to go shopping. :)


  1. Omg. I LOVE it!!! You are so impressive. I want one!!!

  2. Who doesn't love a gal with a power tool!!! Great idea, I might just steal it for myself. xx

  3. That looks great! And in my opinion, every girl needs a compound mitre saw. :)

    It would be a great place for some of the Ethiopia souvenirs you will bring home too... decorative and safely out of reach until Roary's friend is older!

  4. Hello! I saw your comment on the Fresh Coat Fridays post on Life in the Fun Lane about the fabric I used for my chairs....well, I bought it at Joann Fabrics and tried to find it on their website but to no avail..I also don't know what it's called because I already cut off the little label part. :/ If you happen to have a Joann Fabric store near you I found it in the home dec section so they might have it at your store!
    Sorry I couldn't be more help!

  5. Sarah, I am passing along an award - The Sunshine award to you! I think you and your blog are darling!

  6. I love this! I just might have to steal the idea! Great job!

  7. Thanks for your comments, ladies!!!

    And of course you should steal this idea, as you can see I stole it from the first 4 photos. ;)

  8. Awesome! Congrats on tackling that yourself, such an accomplishment. Little surprises like this throughout your home make it so much more charming and personal:)

  9. I love it, looks so wonderful. Your blog is so sweet.

  10. Love the little shelf! You've got me thinking where I can add one... I'm your newest follower.

  11. I have never seen anything like it - love love love love it!!!

  12. I've been wanting to add the same thing to a little nook I have in my back bedroom. While no one will hardly ever see it, it would still give me great pleasure! Maybe in the next few years I'll have a kid, so I can put cute things up there. I've got to make it first though, so let me add that to my million things to do in the house list.

  13. Sarah, I am passing along an award - The Sunshine award to you! I think you and your blog are darling!

  14. Looking through your projects to find your curtain tutorial {yeah, I am attempting to do that- wish me luck} and I saw this. I thought I was being all original and stuff and I see I am a step {or two years} behind. Your over the door shelf is super cute and your tut is a lot better than mine. I love the little zebra up there.

  15. nice to look at but not useful who can reach up there to use anything up there ,,,,

  16. I believe the Pepsi was the deciding factor in the immense success of this project :)


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