Shelf Tutorial

A good friend of mine was in need of a solution for foyer.  There was no place for guests to put their stuff, so coats and bags ended up in a pile next to the couch.   I was certain I could help her come up with a solution!  So I started doing some measuring and research and came across this on Pinterest.  The Idea Room made this shelf for her bathroom.  Isn’t it darling!

With a few modifications, something like this would fit perfectly behind my friend’s front door!  After a bit more measuring and a trip to Lowes, I made this…

I’ve had a lot of people inquiring about making one for themselves, so I thought it was time to write a tutorial!

Supply List for Top Shelf

1 x 12 – back of shelf  (mine was 32″ long)

1 x 4  – top of shelf (use a 1×6 for a deeper shelf)

3 and 5/8 inch crown molding

1 and 1/8 inch decorative molding

miter saw

nail gun

caulk and wood filler

masking tape

primer/paint or stain




1. Cut the 1×12 to the desired length (mine was 32″ long).

2. Cut crown molding to fit length of your board (Note: this was my first time cutting crown molding so I am not an expert in this field.  I viewed a few You Tube videos to learn the best way to accomplish this task).  The back of the crown will need to be the same length as the board (i.e. 32″) and the crown will angle out at the corners to be longer than the back board.

3. Cut side pieces out of the crown molding.  Only one edge of the crown will be angled (to connect with the front piece of crown, making a corner). The back will be flat, as it will sit flush against the wall.  The entire cutting process may take awhile if you are new at this like me.  Look at my pile of mis-cut pieces!

 4.  I used masking tape to hold my pieces of molding together. This allowed me to make sure the corners matched up nicely (or at least close enough!).  I’m not sure that a true craftsman would agree with my use of masking tape, but it was effective for me, since I was working alone!

5. When you are finished cutting the crown molding, cut your 1×4  for the top shelf (or 1×6 if you are creating a deeper shelf).  You will want  1″ to 2″ longer than the crown molding.  Attach the 1×4 to the top of your board with some wood glue and your nail gun.  Then attach the molding (this is where I loved using the masking tape. Everything stayed right in place until I secured it with a nail!)

6. Cut molding for the bottom of the shelf the same way you cut the crown.  Tape corners together. Then use  the glue and nail gun to attach it to the bottom edge of the shelf.

7. Caulk along the edges of the molding. And fill nails holes and corners with wood filler or putty. You will most likely have to sand it smooth and re-putty a time or two until the finish is smooth and flawless.

8. Prime the shelf and then paint to desired color!

This is my new favorite spray paint from Lowes! It goes on evenly, doesn’t spray so hard that it runs on your project AND it doesn’t drip out of the sprayer and all over your hands.


9. After the paint has dried, attach the hooks.  Space evenly and screw them into the wood.

10. Attach D rings to the back and hang the shelf up on your wall.

For the lower shelf, I simply used the smaller decorative molding on the top AND bottom edges of the shelf.

The set of three picture frames are from Michaels.  They were black ….. but thanks to more Valspar white spray paint, they now match the new shelves perfectly!!  I added the ‘hang your coat’ until my friend had a chance to put photo’s in the frames.

And one last look at the finished product!

I was at my friends house for a party a few days ago, and I must say, those hooks can hold a LOT of coats and purses!  No more coats on the floor!


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  1. These are fantastic! Great tute. I really need to get a saw. I would love if you would link up to my party:

    Hope to see you there!

    • Kim Wilson says:

      Thank you for your wonderful project tutorial. One thing I will add to what you added: You were NOT JOKING about needing to watch tutorials for cutting crown molding. I struggled and struggled. Finally, got my hubby to try and he had a big head, ha, and just knew he could easily do it. He used his miter saw (Not a compound) and he struggled as well. We now have wasted 16ft of crown molding. We have put the project up for tonight but will continue tomorrow. I think it will definitely be worth it in the end.

  2. Linda Adams says:

    Hi Jen, Wonderful project and thanks for your tutorial but I was wondering in you could just come over and … Have a super weekend. Joyous Wishes, Linda

  3. I hope that we have room in our new house to do something like this.

  4. really nice!!!!
    maria from spain

  5. This looks so great, Jen! I love everything about it and the whimsical sign, too! Thank so much for stopping by and for your nice comment about my entryway bench!

  6. Great job, Jen!
    I’m glad I found you (from Embellishing Life).
    Thanks for tut.

  7. LOVE this! We are getting ideas for our entry and I just had to PIN this 🙂 I found you via CraftOManiac. Thanks so much for sharing! You and I are both newer bloggers. Good luck and have fun 🙂

  8. I love it. Great tutorial.

  9. That is pretty sweet!! I love it!! Thanks for linking up, and hope you come back often!!

  10. Awesome project and great tutorial. Your friend is very lucky to have such good help!!
    I would love it if you would come link up with Busy Monday (through Thursdays) at A Pinch of Joy, a linky party for ideas that make life better.

  11. Hi Jen, stopping by from Anything goes at Eye Heart Mondays. Great tutorial and great shelves! Yours are just as good as the ones in Pinterest! Thanks for sharing.
    Greetings from Spain

  12. This is a great tut. I have the perfect spot for this in our house. Saw you on Making the World Cuter.

  13. Ohhhh, I love it!! Especially the frames! Visiting from Sunday’s Best Party! Drop by my blog sometime!

  14. Great Job! Love the Idea!

  15. Wow! That looks so great! You’re awesome. 🙂

  16. Great tutorial! I would love for you stop by and link up at my linky party via:

    Mrs. Delightful

  17. Awesome! I love the shelves and the frames! Thanks for sharing your tutorial!


  18. This looks fabulous…very Pottery Barn. You are very talented and your friend is lucky to have your help. Thanks so much for sharing your talents at Show & Tell. I really appreciate you taking the time to link up and join the party. Always a pleasure!

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  19. Great tutorial, you can never have enough shelves or spots to hang things up!

  20. applause, fist pump in the air, whoop , whoop, well done! Hugs

  21. Will you be my new friend??? I just bought a cheapy coat-hanger thing from IKEA for this exact purpose, but I’d LOVE to have this instead!! Nice job!!

    Thanks for linking up to Simply Klassic Sundays, I’ll be featuring this project this week!

  22. Oh, I keep running across your shelf at the linky parties and just had to stop by and say Wow! Love it. And love the “hang” “your” “coat” signs too!


  23. LOVE this shelf.
    thanks for sharing @ catch as catch can

  24. I love, love, love this. We need a single shelf in our bathroom so I’m pinning this for when I get brave enough. Love the photo of the miscuts – we all need to see that people aren’t perfect. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at our Link It Up Thursday party.

  25. Wow girl!! You are super crafty and talented!! That looks FANTASTIC!! Thanks so much for sharing at my first ever linky party 🙂

  26. this is exactly what I’ve been looking to do in my hallway… thanks so much for the tutorial!!!! pinning it right now 🙂

  27. I’ve featured your shelf tutorial for Functional Friday!

    Thanks so much for stopping by to link up!


  28. I love it! I need to do this for the bench area in my home. I am so pinning this:)

  29. That’s awesome!! Can you make me one too:D

  30. This is so gorgeous! Thank you so much for linking up to Fabulous Friday. You are being featured tomorrow. I am pinning this project and have the perfect place for it in my home. I hope to see you back at Fabulous Friday this week.

  31. Wow, this is so amazing! Thanks for sharing this! I’m dropping by from the Look What I Made Linky Party.

  32. What a great tutorial–so much cheaper than buying ready made ones! Thanks for linking up at Beyond The Picket Fence.

  33. What a great idea and what a great tutorial. Like you friend I don’t have a lot of space in my foyer (if you can call it that) and this would really work. I hate not having a place to hang coats, put keys etc. It looks so very functional and pretty. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best Par.tay!

  34. I just love your shelves! I just pinned them for future use. We have some crown in the basement. Thanks so much for sharing them at Terrific Tuesdays.

  35. Super cute! I’m putting your shelf in the Power of Paint Party Spotlight. Thanks for linking up to the party at Domestically Speaking.

  36. Love this project, You have been featured in today’s Saturday Spotlight Talent Show. XO, jen-

  37. What an awesome tutorial, Jen! I’m pinning this for when we redo our masterbath…would love this over the tub instead of a towel bar. Very creative! Thanks so much for linking this up with Mop It Up Mondays at i should be mopping the floor last week. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  38. What a great tutorial!! Thank you!! I could totally use this in my bathroom!!! Take out the regular ol’ towel bar and hang this!! It would look amazing!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  39. Wow! You made that look so simple! 🙂
    Would love to see this be linked up to my new link up party. 🙂
    Mauvin’ Monday Link Party


  40. Hey, just wanted to let you know that I featured you over @ Southern Lovely. Thanks for linking up to Show & Share!

  41. Linda Jarraf says:

    I have most of things needed and have been wanting to make a shelf like this. Thanks for the tutorial.
    One question though. At what angle did you cut the crown molding?


  42. Super cute! Thanks for sharing! You’re being featured at my place! Great job! Please come back again and link up another project if you can!

  43. So impressive! The molding really finishes the look!

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