Apr 10, 2013

Rain Gutter Bookshelves

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I'm so excited about today's post because it's another project I could check off my Pinterest To Do's!
These bookshelves made out of rain gutters (yes, you read that correctly) are nothing new. In fact, I've seen them roaming around blogland for quite some time now. And for good reason: they're AWESOME! I pinned them as soon as I found them and just finally got around to getting her done.

I mean, seriously, check them out for yourself and tell me you don't instantly get the desire to try this simple little project:

Yeah, that's what I thought...Pretty cool, huh?

These fabulous rain gutter bookshelves are cheap, easy, quick and pretty!

One 10 ft vinyl rain gutter will cost you just under $6, and a set of caps (what you attach to the end of each shelf) are also just under $6!! So for around $12 (assuming you make one 10 ft shelf instead of cutting it in two like I did) you can transform your walls into a book gallery for your little one/s! 

But since I cut my rain gutter in two I had to buy 2 sets of caps so my project came in at around $18, which is till very frugal!

The installation process pretty much consists of sawing your gutters to your desired amount (I just cut mine in half to make two shelves), finding studs on the section of the wall you want to mount them to, using a leveler to make sure they come out straight and screwing them in! That's it! I could have done this myself, but enlisted my hubby since all my little darling wanted was to be in mama's arms that night.

It's also said that children tend to read more when they can see the fronts of their books and not just the spine. I can attest to that! Lily has always been an avid reader but now I find her flipping through her books even more! And she just loves putting them away now. It used to be such a chore for her to try to insert each book back into it's slot in the traditional bookshelf she had. Now, all she has to do is flop it back into the shelf... easy peasy!

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Have you finished any projects you've found through Pinterest? If so, I'd love to hear about it! Who knows, maybe it will make it on my Pinterest To Do list!

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Lena said...

Love it! An the stripes on the wall :) I made some gutter shelves last year to display kids' art projects. But I spray-painted them green:)

Kate Griffin said...

I love this idea! Thanks for the sweet comment on my kitchen remodel. Enjoy the rest of the week,

Debbie @ MeandMyDIY said...

Hi Selene, I love this! I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I've not seen this idea before, which just goes to show that even if you think everyone has already done it, go ahead and post it anyway. You might bring it to a different audience. :) It looks wonderful, and you did a great job. Your daughter's books look a lot better there than my son's do on his floor!


Jenna LaFevor said...

These are soooo adorable! I bet she loves them!
Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Petie@inspirednesting.com said...

Nice job, those look great! I'll bet your daughter loves seeing all her books and what a plus if she likes putting them away....future organizer ;)

pabla en casa said...

Wow!!!!! Selene this project is amazing I love it, I want to get rid of a big desk at my children's room that I use as bookcase, and I want something to put their books that doesn't take that much space. I will see if in Mexico I can find this rain gutters. Thanks for all that you share with us ♥

Ashley said...

Very cute! I love it also, and the stripes on the wall too.

Maria Duque said...

Cute! and in the post of Raspberry lipstick I think we really have a similar style for makeup! Btw, it feels so long since I didn't post...you even changed the style of your blog!

AsSnugAsABug said...

I love these!

Erin @ The Grass Skirt said...

This is such a clever idea! We have so many children's books already for the baby. We might have to try this. :)

Julia Klimek said...

I love this idea and will pin right now. I have a 4 year old, and his books are ALL.OVER.THE.HOUSE!!!! Thank you for posting! :)

Krista Low said...

What a great idea for a kids room! Love this idea :) I would love for you to share it on Thursday @ Great Idea Thursday's http://ahandfulofeverything.blogspot.com :) Krista

Laurel Stephens said...

I had not seen this idea on Pinterest, and now I'm pinning yours! What a GREAT idea!!

Tina C said...

What a great idea. I am going to have to pin this for future reference. It looks great!

Krista thehappyhousie said...

Hello! Visiting from Give Me the Good Monday. I LOVE these... we did them in our sons room and our playroom but I totally screwed up and bought metal rain gutters, not vinyl ones! Oops. Yours look amazing, great job:)
Krista @thehappyhousie

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Jenna LaFevor said...

You know I already love these! Just wanted to say thanks for linking up to Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what goods you bring next week, Selene! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Margo said...

I just love these, and I can't believe how many books they hold!

Jenna LaFevor said...

You were a featured at Give Me The Goods Monday!! Loved this project sooo much! Head over to see the post and grab a button! Can't wait to see what goods you bring tomorrow! >> http://www.rainonatinroof.com/2013/04/give-me-goods-monday-4-features.html
Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Marie bloominghomestead said...

Great Bookshelves! I have always wondered how sturdy they are. I will be featuring these on my party highlight post this week. :)

Theresa said...

Hi Selene, I love this idea! My daughter although 10 is an avid reader & I always find books in her bed. I just might have to install one near or above just for her to keep them within reach! Thanks for sharing & linking up @ DearCreatives.com hope to see you again soon! This is getting pinned on my diy board!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

I love them! Thanks for linking up to my Pin Me Linky Party!

Anonymous said...

This is a such a great idea!! Thank you =)

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First House Spouse said...

Your shelves look amazing! We just tried our hand at DIY rain gutter bookshelves and were amazed how nicely they turned out. The end caps really polish the whole piece!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks! They really are easy, aren't they? Checked yours out too..nice job!!

Roger Richard said...

It is wonderful solution for nay perfect home... many housewife's really prefer that to do..
Thanks Selene for such a wonderful idea and post well..

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Donna said...

How much weight do these gutters hold? It looks like you have a lot of books in there, but I have visions of the whole thing buckling.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

You know, I'm not sure the exact weight. But with all the books you see, we have never had a problem.

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epdmcoatings said...

Wow!!!!! Selene this project is amazing I love it, I want to get rid of a big desk at my children's room that I use as bookcase, and I want something to put their books that doesn't take that much space. I will see if in Mexico I can find this rain gutters. Thanks for all that you share with us ♥ Roof coatings

Judy said...

nice--how very clever

epdmcoatings said...

wow this is really unique idea to use rain gutters. :-)

Wendi S said...

Love it!

Cinthea Martinsen said...

You are my hero! I love these! I've been trying to imagine a more economical way to do some photo ledges, other than big-box moldings. These would be perfect, I can see them in the corner of my living room using the inside miter piece! Thank you for sharing!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Aww, thanks Cinthea!
I'm so glad this helped solve your problem! And thanks for stopping by!

k said...

I can see an advantage to leaving the end clips off ..one could just run a dust cloth all the way across, or maybe have a book stick off one inch ..would they be strong enough without them? We live in an older home with Lots of Dust ..

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hey there, K! You can totally leave the caps off..I don't think it would be a problem. They just look nicer with them :)
But if dust is a problem I can see why you'd want them off :)
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Donna Shepherd said...

Very clever idea! I posted this on my Facebook fan page. I love seeing all the children's books lined up with that little cutie ready to dive into a good book. Thanks for sharing. - Donna

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hello, Donna! I'm so glad you liked the idea! Thank you!
And thanks for sharing on your page:)

Sarah said...

How do you do the corner ones to make the corner seamless?

Sabder Ali said...

Thanks for sharing this article. I like your idea for cleaning gutters very much.

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bryan flake said...

What a neat idea to use rain gutters as bookshelves. Seeing how you put them lower on the wall with the children's books in them is really neat. My kids would love that. It would be super easy for them to put their books away on the gutter, rather on a shelf.

Jenny LaSeur said...

While I love the idea of using these as bookshelves and I may still do that, I'm in search for inexpensive trophy display options. Would this work for that or do I need to keep looking? :) Thanks!

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PK1 HomeschoolFUN said...

This is so great! We just got bunk beds for my girls and I'm going to make them each a gutter shelf with a little book light I cant wait! Thanks for the post! :)

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Carrick Austin said...

What a fab idea, That is so nice and unique! Any room would look so much better if it had something like that. I never thought we can use normal water gutter for this kind of things.


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Cj Erickson said...

Just an fyi...At home depot each end cap is $6 a piece, not pair, which makes this project $28 + tax + cost of hardware.

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Esther Schouten said...

How do you make the corners look seamless? I want to use the bookshelf in the corner of the room. Please advise!

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How do you make the corners look seamless? I want to use the bookshelf in the corner of the room. Please advise!

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