How-to: Book Shelves

The DIY experts at HGTV Magazine recreated this flea market find. Here’s how you can, too.
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Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Materials Needed:

  • painter's tape
  • paint (multiple colors of your choice)
  • paint brushes
  • shelf brackets
  • drill and screws
  • construction adhesive such as Liquid Nails

Step 1

Use painter’s tape to tape off the sides of each book, excluding the spine.

Step 2

Paint the front, back, and spine of each book. Let dry, then open each book and use a small brush to paint the inside edges. Let dry.

Step 3

Screw shelf brackets into your wall, then glue a book on top using a construction adhesive such as Liquid Nails. For a secure shelf, space the brackets nearly as wide as the book is long.

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