Friday, February 24, 2012

Charm's New Shelves

Wall Paint Color: SW 6109 Hopsack








Well, they are sort of new:).  We actually installed them in November, but I never wrote about them until now.  I can safely say after 4 months of use that we all love them!  While we considered making the shelves out of wood, we were worried about the sharp corners and hard wood causing injury.  Also wood shelves drilled into studs would easily turn into a fireman's ladder in the mind of a 2 year old, and that wouldn't be good.  Vinyl gutters helped to achieve our goal of creating bookshelves and a reading corner without introducing elements of danger (The gutters are secure enough to hold books, but would bend under the weight of Charm and prevent climbing.  Also the ends are capped so there aren't any sharp edges.)

As for cost, wood would have been cheaper without a doubt.  The straight lengths of gutter were only $5 for a 10 foot length.  Since each shelf was 36" per side x 2 sides x 4 shelves, we needed three 10 foot sections of gutter.  That was the cheap part.  Each end cap was $3 and we needed 8, and each corner piece was $6 and we needed 4.  Our total was $60 using a 10% off coupon.  We didn't need to paint though! Bill just used a hacksaw at home to make our cuts and we screwed them into the studs and at the end of each shelf.  They are safe and secure (and cute and practical!).

And in case you're interested, we first taped the proposed location of the shelves on the wall so we could get a feel for the length and spacing of the shelves.  We ended up spacing the shelves 14 inches apart from the top of one shelf to the top of the next shelf.


Has anyone else jumped on the gutter bookshelf bandwagon?

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4/23/2012 Update:  Here are some images of the drywall screws that we used to attach the bookshelves.  We used 1.5" drywall screws placed at a slight angle into studs in the corner of the shelves and in the middle of each shelf.  We also put one screw into each end piece (not in the stud) when Command Hooks failed to hold the shelves flat to the wall on the end.  We didn't use any anchors or special screws.  We just drilled in just under the top lip of the gutter.  Please comment or email with any additional questions.  I'm happy to help!!


End cap screw into drywall.  You could use an anchor here, but we didn't.

Center screw into stud.

Corner screws.  One on each wall through the stud.


11/30/12 Update: WALL PAINT COLOR INFORMATION: Sherwin Williams 6109 Hopsack.  I finally found the paint can that corresponds to this room!!  (The wall color was inherited from our home's previous owners.)

108 comments:

  1. Did you make a ladder for charm to reach the top shelf?

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  2. Kiki, didn't I tell you? Charm is taking after his favorite superhero, Buzz Lightyear, and he's learning to fly. Top shelf? Not a problem.

    Seriously though, simple book rotation will solve the top shelf issue. And when he lets me choose his night time books, I don't have to bend over:)!

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  3. This is such a sweet idea! I would have loved a personal library when I was little. (Heck, I'd love one now!)

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  4. I love this idea! I'm going to try and convince my sister to do this in her play room! I'm your newest follower.. please come check out my blog if you have time!

    Bringingbeauty.blogspot.com

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  5. This is such a great idea! Now I just have to find the right place to put it!
    Jo-Anna

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  6. Found this on pinterest...Awesome idea. My brother has a rain gutter cutting machine, Yay me!! I'll bet these would look awesome with copper gutters for a grown up space.

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  7. Great idea with the shelves... But I have to ask, where did you get your toddler bed? I am in the toddler bed market and that is the exact look of a bed that I want!

    Paige

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    1. Looks like the ones they have a Ikea.

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    2. IKEA has some great options too! My husband and father in law made this bed for my kiddos:).

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  8. what an adorable idea!!! great for a playroom too!

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  9. Thanks for all the positive feedback and pins! I wish it was my original idea, but I think I found it on pinterest:)!

    Nate and Paige-My husband and father-in-law built the toddler bed using a single piece of marine grade plywood that we painted white. My father-in-law had built a toddler bed for my husband way back in the day using the same exact plan, so it was a father-son bonding adventure to build a replica for my son:)

    In the pictures above, it looks like there is a big headboard, but that was just a blank art canvas I stuck behind the bed as I played with ideas for a taller headboard.

    Hope that helps!

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  10. I love this reading corner! My son isn't old enough for a room like this one (he's only 7 months), but soon enough he will be and it will include a reading corner like this one. Can't wait!

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  11. Do you have any tips on "non-corner" shelves? Also, did you make a lot of giant holes to do this?

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  12. We have 3 rain gutter shelves in our playroom but I am really loving the way you used them in the corner .... thinking I'm going to move mine around now :) What a great job, love the wall color too

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  13. Can I ask where you got the super why doll? My daughter would love it!

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  14. And I love the book shelf! I'm talking my husband into it right now! :)

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  15. Amanda--For non-corner shelves, if you are going to span a large distance, you'll probably want to pick up a few gutter support brackets (they have them in the gutter section at Lowe's)for increased stability. We didn't need them because our sections are only 3 feet long from end to corner. As far as number of screws, all 4 shelves were hung using 24 screws total (Three per shelf side= 1 in the corner in a stud, 1 in the middle through a stud, and 1 in the end at an angle (non-stud)).

    Hope that helps!

    Caitlyn--Super Why is from Toys R Us. I bought him a while back on clearance though:(. He is plush and talks/sings. My son loves him!

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  16. Just searching for little library ideas for my daughters room. Her younger brother is a climber as well, so the wooden shelves were out. I didn't want a bookcase, I wanted stand alone shelves, I love this idea! I'm also going to put it in the corner, but never thought to wrap it around the corner like you did. I love it, I'm going to do this one!! Thanks!

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  17. Love the corner ones. We advocate gutter style book shelves because kids will be much more interested in reading books when they can see the entire cover than just the spine. You just need more of our books on your shelves! :)

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  18. I found this last night and made them today! They are assembled and waiting to be hung. This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for to put in the playroom! We painted ours yellow, I can't wait to get them hung- hopefully tonight! Thanks for the fantastic idea!
    Jenni Presmyk

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  19. Smith Family-The wall color in Charm's room was there when we moved in. I did some paint can searching, and my best guess is that it's Sherwin Williams 6110 Steady Brown. Happy Painting to you!

    Jenni-I'm in awe of you!! Talk about getting 'er done fast! If you have a chance, send me some pictures of your shelves. I'd love to see them in yellow! sunshineontheinside@yahoo.com

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    1. UPDATE: I found the REAL wall color. It's Sherwin Williams 6109 Hopsack!

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  21. sarahrjoseph--The shelves were made from vinyl gutters that we purchased at Lowe's and cut to size with a hacksaw. We used clear caulk to attach the end caps to each vinyl shelf, and corner gutter pieces for the corner of the room. Easy peasy. Good luck!

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  22. These are great! I want to put a reading corner in the nursery, but the room is too small to put in a book shelf. Can't wait to start this project!

    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Kate

    BTW, if you get a minute, I would love it if you checked out my new blog. http://crafty-kate.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Kate! I'd love to see your finished product! I'm going off to check out your blog now too!

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  23. i love this, i love this! especially that it goes around the corner, what a perfect little nook.

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  24. I absolutely LOVE this corner bookshelf!! I am talking my husband into making these as I type! One question ~ did you just screw the corner gutter piece right into the corner of the wall and the gutter slides into it? Trying to conceptualize how this all works/fits together. Bravo!

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  25. Meg...Great question! I don't think I ever specified how we did this in my post. My husband actually used clear silicone caulk to adhere the straight gutter pieces to the corner pieces and the end caps as well. He did this before we hung the shelves onto the wall. When we went to hang the shelves, we had 4 pre-made 'L' shaped shelves that we just had to screw into the wall. I believe I mentioned in an earlier comment that we used 24 screws total for the project, 3 per side of each L shaped shelf. (1 screw in the corner of the stud, 1 screw in the middle through a stud and one into the drywall on the end). There ended up being 2 screws in each corner piece in close proximity (1 on each side of the wall).

    Good luck and comment again if you have any other questions!

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    1. Thank you so much! We have all the supplies...going to get working on them tonight :-) I'm so excited!!

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    2. Awesome! I hope they turned out well!!!

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  26. What a fabulous idea!! I'm following you from TDC-stop by for a visit!

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  27. I just found this on pinterest. Do you think they would hold cookbooks? I need to open up some cupboard space, so I was thinking this would be good for cookbooks.

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    1. I don't see why not:). Just make sure you have proper cross support if you are spanning long distances (you can use plastic gutter brackets that are located right by the other gutter pieces at Lowe's). Also, you might want to keep the really heavy cookbooks off the shelf. Kid's books are pretty light for the most part, and that's all we've tested our shelves with. I don't know if the shelves would bend with a super heavy load over an extended period of time. A wood shelf like this: http://ana-white.com/2010/10/plans/ten-dollar-ledges might better fit your needs. Good luck!

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  28. I had these in my old classroom!!! Second graders loved the way they could see all the book covers at once!

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  29. I've been looking for a bookshelf for my son's room forever! This is perfect! My husband put a similar configuration together today and it looks great. Thank you so much!

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    1. Yeah for gutter bookshelves:)! Glad they worked out for you too!

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  30. Found you on Pinterest and have decided these are my next project! Thanks for the idea! I have signed up on your blog.

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    1. Super!! Let me know how they turn out!

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    2. Hi, i've been tempted to do this but what's held me back is the cutting of the shelves. We do not have a hack saw:( Do you know if Lowes or HOme Depot has a cutting service for Gutters like they do for wood?

      Misty

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    3. Hi Misty,
      I don't believe they cut them in store, but it never hurts to ask!! And if they don't...check out the link to this standard hacksaw, which is less than $6!!: http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1v/R-100351892/h_d2/ProductDisplay?catalogId=10053&langId=-1&keyword=hack+saw&storeId=10051

      Good luck with your project!

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  31. I am so excited! I am doing this TODAY!!!!! Just got the stuff, but wish I had the 10% off coupon to purchase. LOL. But, paint free?! SOLD!

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    1. Yeah Crystal! I hope it went well!! Thanks for taking the time to comment:)!

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  32. I've read through to make sure I'm not asking a duplicate question and I think I'm ok. (I'm also about to hang some gutter shelves. Yay!) So just to be clear, y'all just used regular screws in the back of the gutter? Not huge gutter screws or brackets? My shelves are only 32 inches across, so they won't be super heavy. I'm assuming your end caps are what support the front from bending forward?
    Thanks in advance for you help,
    Sarah

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    1. also , once I'm done, do you mind if I share a link to your website in my blog?

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    2. Hi Sarah,
      I just added some updated images to this entry that show the drywall screws that we used to attach the gutters to the wall. They were 1.5" long (what we had on hand) and we drilled them in at a slight angle. We didn't use anchors or brackets or anything. I'd just recommend hitting the studs in a couple locations if possible. The end caps definitely provide stability. Also, we're good about keeping the books angled towards the wall, rather than angled into the room. (Does that make sense? Hopefully.:)) In almost 6 months we've had no problems with any of the shelves bending forward.

      And please feel free to link back in your blog!
      Good luck!
      Beth

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    3. Makes total sense and seems way easier. Thanks, I'll be working on it while the baby naps tomorrow. :)

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  33. Love this idea. I was wondering what is the line with clothes pins hanging above?

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    1. Thanks! The line is just twine held up with 3M Command hooks, and then I added alphabet flash cards using wooden clothespins. Here's a link if you are interested: http://sunshineontheinside.blogspot.com/2011/07/abc-wall-art.html

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  34. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea! I have a little bookworm that is going to be in heaven with this!!

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    1. Yeah for bookworms!! Have fun:)!

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  35. Hi! I love your information and am in the process but am having trouble. My plastic gutters are the same on he front side as they are in the back. I drilled my holes at the top and in the corners but it droops forwards. Did I get the wrong kind of gutters or do they only make one kind? Thank you!

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    1. The back side (the side you attach to the wall) should be flat against the wall. I'm not sure about the different gutter styles, but it sounds like you might have picked up a 'u' shaped gutter of some sort. Perhaps print off a picture of a side view of the gutter shelves from above and bring it in to your local store, so they can lead you to a flat backed gutter. Good luck, and feel free to comment or email with any additional questions!

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  36. I found this on Pinterest and I love it! I am actually going to use the idea to store my ever-expanding ribbon collection! I currently have a bookshelf filled with tension rods to store it, but it's getting to be quite a problem to reach the middle spools. This idea is great for adding and removing ribbon easily! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    1. I love that you have an alternative use for the shelves! Happy ribbon organizing to you:)!

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  37. I wonder if this can be done in reverse. How do I explain what I mean?? hmm...not the inside corner of a room, but the corner you can peek around. haha. That's all I have the space for and I think it would look awesome if I could figure that out. :D

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    1. Hi Ana,

      I bet that would work. You'd just have to use a different corner joint that would for the 'peek around' corner:)!

      Good luck!

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  38. I love the paint color on the walls! May I ask the name of the color & where you bought it? Thanks so much! I love the book shelves too! They look great!

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    1. Sorry just saw your previous reply to the paint color question! Thanks!

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  39. Converting rain gutters into bookshelves is a truly creative and resourceful idea! It’s a good thing that you capped the edges of the gutter. That is the best way to keep Charm from getting hurt by the sharp edges. I also love that you chose white; it’s so simple but it blends perfectly with your home’s interiors.

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  40. We have the same curtains in ds room. Love them.

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  41. Going to do this in my boys' room...fabulous idea! Thank you for sharing. Smiles~Beth

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  42. This is a awesome idea.. Going to use this idea in my sewing room. Thank you!

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    1. Great! I hope it is working out well for you!!

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  43. Plan to make this for the kitchen for my cook books- this way I have a book case and some place to put the open book(out of harms way)while I'm cooking.

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    1. Great idea!! Happy cooking to you!

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  44. Was looking for a book sheleves design recently and found this. Love it. Thank you!

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    1. You're quite welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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  45. Was looking for a book sheleves design recently and found this. Love it. Thank you!

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  46. I did this in my pantry for spices and in my craft room for paints and small jars of findins .I did however use the metal ones so I could spraypaint them the color I wanted..I have had them for about two years and they still hold perfect.

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    1. I'm so glad to hear how durable they are! Our shelves are holding strong as well:)!

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  47. I loved this idea! Thank you! We moved into a new home just weeks after I first saw this so it went on the hubbie's to-do list. It's now completed! We actually went from corner to corner on 1 wall to keep from having to buy endcaps or the corner pieces (going cheaper since we have a Pastor's salary). But my kid's love it! I love it! And my kid's are reading more because they see the book.

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    1. There is something about seeing the book covers that makes it so much more fun to pick out a book:)! Glad these worked out so well for you and your family!

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  48. I'm doing this now for my daughters room! so excited!

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  49. I got the gutters (2 ten foot pieces for smaller shelves) and got the eight end caps(2 for $7) and instead of buying the corner pieces we're cutting the inside pieces at 45 degree angles to fit bc that saves us over $30 dollars. Just gorilla glue it to each other

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    1. Fantastic idea! I've never used Gorilla Glue before. I'll have to check it out!:) Happy reading!

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  50. Thanks for the awesome tutorial. I pinned this months ago and husband & I put these up in our sons nursery this week! I just posted his finished nursery on my blog:
    Http://thelarsonlingo.blogspot.com

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    1. Congrats on your little one! I'm off to check out your post now:)!

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  51. Thank you so much for this awesome idea and easy to follow instructions!!! My husband and I built them this weekend for our daughter. Here's some pics of the finished product: http://tinyurl.com/9u54qbx and http://tinyurl.com/98bsbms

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    1. They look awesome!! I love the pink wall strips too. Thanks for taking the time to share:)!

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  52. That's creativity at its finest! A book shelf made of gutters is an eco-saver, and at the same time, you can do it all by yourself. All you need to be concerned with is how to make it child-proof inside your home. You got it, Beth! :)

    Regards,
    Becky

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  53. Just finished my shelves thanks for the inspiration! Nora

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    1. You're quite welcome!! Happy New Year!

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  56. That's cool! I got an idea from reading your blog.

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  57. I love it, in fact i only really love corner gutter shelves! Sadly in Canada it's about 14-15 per corner piece, which is so silly. Perhaps on a cross border trip we'll have to get a few. It'd be $60 just for the corner pieces.

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  58. Thank you for sharing this idea! My son has a pretty small room and we put these in after seeing the post on Pinterest. We love them! They save space, are practical, stylish, affordable, and simply GORGEOUS!

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  59. Thank you for sharing! I've had this pinned for a while and we finally built them today! We did things a little different (we didn't caulk the pieces and we assembled the straight sides after hanging the corners), but it was super easy. I've gotten so many compliments on Facebook. :)

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  60. I don't know if anyone has asked this yet, but did the screws put large holes in the walls? We rent and with 4 kids space is REALLY limited so this would be perfect, but I don't want to ruin the walls.

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  61. Saw this on pinterest from another source.. http://pinterest.com/pin/120823202476351632/ and it has a watermark from dumpaday.com. Just wanted to let you know because I know you put work into this and I didn't want to pin the other image!

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  62. I hope you know this post was our inspiration for the incredible rain gutter bookshelves we installed a few days ago. They look SO good and we're so happy we tried this DIY! Thank you for giving us a head start. We couldn't find the same corner pieces or end caps but the ones we found at the local home improvement store worked great too. Cheers to a lovely reading corner in the nursery :)

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  66. I just got another foster son and he's 1 1/2, I think I'll make this for him......I have about 6 milk crates full of book

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  67. What an awesome idea, and just in time to encourage summertime reading! We're definitely going to share this with our customers.

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  68. I love this and I know where I will be installing a short version....next to the loo!

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  69. This is so clever! I'm sharing it on my FB page. HOME AGAIN Jiggety-Jig WE LOVE BOOKS, and anything that will encourage reading is awesome.

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