– Shelf sides: 1x10s cut to the height needed from the countertop to the ceiling. – Shelves for the exterior bookshelves: 1x10s cut to the width desired for the bookshelf. Each shelf was installed with pocket holes and a Kreg Jig.
Lay the cut wood out on drop cloth and stain or paint it the color that you like. I used a paint sprayer to save time.
To get the white washed look that I show, use a dry brush technique to paint over the stain with white paint. Let the paint dry then add one layer of water-based polyurethane.
Attach each shelf to the wall using an L bracket. Be sure the screw is attached to a stud. This is important since you are only using one bracket per shelf.
Once the shelves are on, it's time to add the trim. Start by cutting 1×6’s with an angled end. These meet up at the front with a longer piece for the top. Use clamps to hold the shelves in place while you screw them in.
Add the trim to the front of the shelves and the sides using a nail gun. The trim makes a big difference in the finished look of the bookshelves!
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