Introduction: How to Make an Easy Corner Shelf!

About: I am an artist, builder and teacher living in Japan.

Corner shelves are awesome and can be quite functional! They are especially useful, because they create extra storage space for some of your items.

This Instructable will show you how I made an easy corner shelf for knickknacks.


I live in Japan and buy my supplies locally.


-Wood screws

-Orbital sander


60 grit for heavy sanding

80 and 120 for smoothing

400 for finishing


-Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

First coat Graphite

Top coat Old White

-Annie Sloan Clear Wax

-Wall anchors to hang the shelf

Step 1: Lumber!

It's best to make a rough drawing of your corner shelf idea or have at least an idea about the dimensions.

I bought a couple 12X180X1820 boards at my local lumber shop.

I only used half of the board for this shelf so it cost about $7.50 to make.

This is a pretty simple jigsaw cut. Add the thickness of the board to one side so they're equal when you screw them together.

Step 2: The Shelves!

I traced a pot lid!

After cutting, I glued and screwed everything together with wood screws.
Cedar wood is soft and really easy to sand, so don't worry about little imperfections in your cuts. I cut my shelves a tad big, so I could sand them down to become level with the sides.

Step 3: Sanding!

Start with the low grit sandpaper and work your way up.

Step 4: Painting!

We're going Shabby Chic with this shelf so after sanding, My lovely wife Mariko painted the shelf with one coat of Annie Sloan graphite.

When that dried she used Annie Sloan original, dry brushing in areas to get the graphite to show through. When the original dried she spot sanded more accents even bringing small spots down to the wood. When she finished she sealed the shelf with Annie Sloan clear wax...I sound like an Annie Sloan commercial..

Step 5: Hanging the Shelf!

You want to hang heavy things from your walls by using the studs as the anchor. This isn’t always possible, especially if there’s an exact location you want something hung and there’s not a stud behind it.

If you're hanging on drywall, use a drywall anchor.

Home Depot sells PlasPlug All-in-One Anchors.

-Plastic construction for strength and performance

-Features 6 grip points for convenient handling

-Works in. both drywall (up to 50 lbs.) and concrete and brick (up to 250 lbs.)

Step 6: The Finished Shelves!

That's it! Easy to make, hang and display your knickknacks.

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