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#1 of 41 Old 03-12-2005, 04:23 PM - Thread Starter
 
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We were looking for some shelves that let the books face out so our kids could see the fronts, since they can't yet read the titles on the spines, and they were all very expensive.

Someone gave this idea, and although I've lost the original link, I can explain what we did and show this picture of our playroom.

http://www.purplestork.com/gutter.jpg

They are made from rain gutters!

For each shelf, you need one gutter, 2 end caps, and enough middle brackets to go on each stud, or at least every other stud. The gutters we use are sort of half-hexagon shaped. Lowe's had them, and the end caps and the brackets all together.

Measure your gutter and cut it to length. (Used a hacksaw, took about 10 seconds.)

Use a level to mark where the brackets are going to go. I think we put one every other stud. Screw the brackets to the studs. Snap the gutter into the brackets. Snap the end caps on.

Put your books on and get ready for your kids to grab them right off, LOL!

Ours took maybe 30-40 minutes to install, max. The hardest part was finding the studs, because we didn't have a stud finder and had to knock on the walls and we mis-guessed a couple times. I think the cost of materials was about $25.

Also we had one really long shelf on the bottom, and there was a special bracket for joining 2 gutters together I think.

Ours have been up for a year now and are in great condition. We have a regular shelf with all the rest of the books, and cycle them in and out so the ones on the shelves are "fresh." The kids can't go through the room without spying a book they want to read!
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Oooh, I love it!!!

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They look great! What a pretty, welcoming room.

 

 

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That is so cool!
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That is so cool!!
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fantastic idea!! just a couple qu's: i'm presuming you painted yours, right? If so, did you paint them after setting them on the brackets or before?
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No paint, they are just white plastic.
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What a *great* idea! I've also got a question - have your children tried to climb them - like steps? I have a 3 year old and 1 year old and well, they both like to climb. I don't know how sturdy rain gutters are; I live in Arizona...don't think I've ever seen a rain gutter. :
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i love it!! We will surely do this in our new house!!

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wow!! that's fabulous! Now i have to figure out where i can put some....
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Thanks for sharing!!
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Very neat!
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I love that idea! I don't have anywhere in my house where it would work, but I printed off the photo and your OP and showed it to my dd's preschool teacher. She was really excited about it and may put some up over the summer. My dd is done with preschool after this year, but I'll look for it and think of you when ds starts next fall!

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That's awesome!
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what a cool idea!

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VERY cool!! If we had the wall space, I would love to do that!

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How did you make the picture show up in your post like that? Is it because of the forum it's in? Or did you pay $$$ to be able to do that?

BTW the shelf idea is awesome!
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What a cool idea!
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That is *really* cool !
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Great idea!
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Very Fun
Will be copying you
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Mmmmm, cool book shelves :::Kimba wipes drool off chin::::
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beautiful! And I'm wondering too how the pic got posted that way? I've seen it happen before as a fluke....??? Very cool idea! If I ever live in a house for more than a year, we'll try it!
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That's a teacher trick. I did it in my classroom, and it is great!

I second the question about the photo. I've never seen anyone do that before!! (on MDC that is)

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To put a picture into a thread, you have to have it hosted somewhere else (like if you have your own web space through your internet service provider). Then, just click the little yellow square just above the box where you type your reply. It looks like it has mountains and a sun in it. You paste the location of your picture into the box that pops up, and there it is. See:

http://www.purplestork.com/gutter.jpg
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The funny thing, is I DO have pics hosted elsewhere, and I use the [ IMG ] tags, but I never get pics. I think mothering has actually banned them or something. I have never, ever, seen anyone else successfully post a pic here at Mothering. It always, Always, shows up as a link..

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1.../houseplan.png

Ooohhh...this thread is magic!.
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What an awesome idea!!
Very timely as well, as I was going to be looking for a bookshelf for ds.
Thanks.

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I copied! Thank you!!

pics here and here

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subscribing so i don't lose this really cool idea in the depths of mdc!

great tip - and thanks for sharing!
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