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How To Build A Corner Shelf In 7 Minutes

Today I am answering the ever so popular question…

“Where did you find those corner shelves?”


Instead of giving you the short answer, which would be…”Oh, my dad built them“…I thought it would be helpful if I posted a tutorial on HOW he built them. Yes, this required me to beg him to be on video. Luckily I’m a daddy’s girl {still} and he happily obliged.

Maybe not happily, but still.

You may remember the shelves I am referring to when I posted pictures of our master bedroom

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…or our powder room.

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If you have ever wanted to learn how to make these yourself then you will love this tutorial by my dad.

First let’s take a look at what you will need.

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In case you like lists instead of pictures…

Materials List: 

{1} 1″x2″ Board (frame material)
{1} 1″x3″ Board (front shelf trim)
{1} 3/4″ Plywood (shelf top)
{1} 1/4″ Plywood (shelf bottom)
{2} Wall Anchors (for mounting)
Finish Nails 1 1/4″ or 1 1/2″

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Tool List:

Saw (circular)
Miter Saw
3/16″ Drill Bit
1/2″ Drill Bit
Tape Measure
Hammer & Nail Set OR Finish Nailer


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{Complete Video Tutorial Below}

1. Determine overall desired width of shelf.

2. Cut 45 degree angle on end of 1″x3″ board.

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3. From 45 degree angle measure & mark overall desired length.

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4. Cut another 45 degree angle at mark on 1″x3″ front piece.

5. Use this front piece to make the pattern for the remaining pieces as described in video.

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6. Assemble Frame

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7. Paint or stain & finish the top, bottom, & front trim to desired finish.

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8. Mount the frame to corner walls with wall anchors.

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9. Attach the top of the shelf with finish nails.

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10. Attach the bottom of the shelf with finish nails.

11. Attach the front piece of trim with finish nails.

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12. Touch up over the finish nails.

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We built this corner shelf for P’s room to hold his chalk for his chalkboard wall…and also so that it was out of reach of Bam-Bam Bents. Just in case you were curious, 2.5 year olds think that EVERY wall becomes a chalkboard wall and they are also under the false belief that crayons are erasable.


Can we give a big huge group THANK YOU to my dad for making his first ever “vlog” appearance and doing an awesome job on showing YOU how to build a corner shelf in 7 minutes?!?! I may have him bust out some of his dance moves for you next time. If you thought J could dance, watch out because Poppy gets down!

What should I convince him to teach you next since he’s the real brains behind all these DIY projects? Let me know in the comment section below.

I bet if you are really convincing {and entice him with some Keystone Light} he will happily complete your requests and I won’t even have to beg.

You can see more of my projects here or check out our home tour.




  1. Yay!! Your dad did an awesome job with his first vlog!! Great tutorial!!
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      • Kim says:

        Your dad did an excellent job with his first one!! No one would have known it was his first! I had one quick “newb” question for him. No, it isn’t “Is he single” ha ha. But I wanted to know what kind of wall anchors he used and if I can get them at my local Lowe’s or Home Depot

  2. Rheannon says:

    I have seen your bedroom and bathroom on some of my friends Pinterest. I’m pretty nerdy so I’m like “I know that girl” even though we’ve never met. Just wanted to share my excitement over seeing another Southern Illinois girl getting “famous” :)
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  3. Elizabeth says:

    Mandy, LOVE this tutorial! My dad is coming in town to put these together for me next weekend! Can’t wait to FINALLY finish my bedroom!
    Can I ask you where you got thoe wooden “love” sign? I have looked pretty much everywhere… no luck. It’s probably non existent now.. :( Thank you! Love the blog! :)

    • Mandy says:

      Thanks so much! Are you talking about the wooden love sign on the dresser (if so I can’t remember where I got that one). If you are talking about the mirror love sign on the wall…Hobby Lobby! I hope that helps!

      • Elizabeth says:

        Oh! That’s a mirror?? Umm… I think I am more in love with it now than I was!!! I thought it was a wooden love sign put in an empty frame. Thank you! :) I know where I am going on my lunch!

  4. Brenda Jones says:

    Oh My… I cried thru that whole thing. My Dad could build me anything too. Love them while you have them :) Bj

  5. Susan says:

    What style/ brand are the wall anchors? I haven’t seen that type before.

  6. Maricia says:

    I love this! I have been looking for shelves like this for awhile (that don’t cost an arm & leg). My husband now has something new on his honey do list! Thanks so much to you & your dad!!!

  7. Amanda says:

    Found this link on Pinterest and glad I did! Your corner shelves look so good, and I definitely have some corners I could use these in. Adding this to my (and my husband’s) to-do list!
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  8. Kelly says:

    Thanks so much for sending me this link! Your dad did a great job on the video instructions.
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  9. April Smith says:

    Absolutely love your style!!!! Btw on the corner shelves you show them on a salmon colored wall…I’m in love with that color could you tell me what it is :-)

  10. Kaitlyn says:

    Great tutorial! I love the corner shelves… we did some in my toddler’s room, but these look simple enough that maybe I could try it out! :) I am in LOVE with your gray/white/aqua nursery! I have these colors in my to-do list for our baby we’re expecting in the beginning of July. What color and brand is that gray? I’ve looked at a million paint chips and I think I just need to see some on the wall. Thanks!!

  11. Betty says:

    Your dad did an awesome job. I don,t suppose he would let me adopt him hmm? Lol

  12. Erika says:

    What color did you paint your corner shelves in your master bedroom? Or did you stain them?

  13. Andrea Pazienza says:

    Great vlog! My Uncle helped me make them this weekend. What color stain did you use on the shelves in your bedroom?

  14. Brianna says:

    I am obsessed with the color you painted the powder room! I tried looking on the other pages but didn’t see it mentioned? Thanks!

    • Mandy says:

      Thanks! I actually just painted over it. LOL! It’s a good wine color if you are looking for something that deep. I needed to brighten it up some so I went lighter. I can’t find the exact color that I used. I’m sorry!

  15. Kris Bradseth Christiansen says:

    The shelves are cute (and super useful,) but your dad… He should have his own HGTV program!

  16. Nikki says:

    I just found your blog through Pinterest, and I’m in love! I will definitely keep coming back. I can’t wait to try (actually make my Husband make these) these shelves. They are just what we need!

  17. Jessica says:

    This is such a good idea! I’m already plotting out points in my house where I can put these.
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  18. Céline says:

    Wow ! Thank you, i was asking myself the question and this video answered it ! Wonderful work. Thank you from Switzerland !

    Merci !

  19. Jennifer says:

    Your Dad is AWESOME!

  20. Amber says:

    I like the stain on your corner shelves in your powder room. What color is it?

  21. Genesia says:

    That is AWESOME!! Thank you SOOO much!

  22. Rich H says:

    Excellent post. These can add so much value to any room. Instructions were clear and concise. Great job, Thanks.
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  23. Larry says:

    Great job! Very simple and very helpful.

  24. Weeser1 says:

    Thankyou for sharing this project. Love it ! Great idea for small areas too !

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  32. Dave says:

    Great tutorial! If one doesn’t have a nail gun, it seems like hammering finishing nails into the top and bottom might be hard once the unit is mounted on the wall. I can imagine scraping up the wall with the hammer or knocking the shelf crooked. Any suggestions?

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    Question: about how much do the shelves cost to build? I am looking at the supplies on home depot but I was wondering if you could give me an idea of how much they cost you.

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