DIY Urban Belt Book Shelf

DIY Urban Belt Book Shelf

Several weeks ago I attended the Goodwill #Repurpose4Good event to celebrate Earth Month at the OC Goodwill Boutique in Lake Forest.  There we were given challenges to RENEW, REUSE, and REPURPOSE items.  I was honored to be paired with blogger Justine Burgess to work with me.  When I was given the challenge to pull items from the store to make something to be used in a living space, my eyes lit up.  This was right up my alley.

Justine and I created what I dubbed the “Urban Belt Book Shelf” out of a text book and belts.  I thought it would be perfect to hold a small accessory in the home.

As the days went by, I kept thinking of that shelf and how I wanted to have one for my own home.  So I went back to Goodwill of Orange County to purchase the main materials I needed. Here are the steps I took to re-create it for my bedroom.

Supplies:

Text Book – from Goodwill

L Brackets (2)

Belts (2) – from Goodwill

Blue Painters tape

Screws (4)

Double-Sided Tape

DIY Urban Belt Book Shelf

Tools:

Drill

Drill Bits

Step 1:

Blue tape the L brackets to the bottom of the book

Step 1: Blue tape the L brackets to the bottom of the book

Step 2:

Lay the book down on its back and put the belts under it with the buckles coming out from the open side of the book.  I visually pulled the buckle up to see where it would come to and made the other belt equal in length.

Step 2: Lay the book down on its back and put the belts under it with the buckles coming out from the open side of the book.  I visually pulled the buckle up to see where it would come to and made the other belt equal in length.

Step 3:

Blue tape the belts over the L brackets on the bottom of the book.  Open the book to the desired page and wrap the blue tape around.

Step 3: Blue tape the belts over the L brackets on the bottom of the book.  Open the book to the desired page and wrap the blue tape around.

Step 4:

With the book now open, the front of the book now rests against the other side of the L bracket.  Tape the book to this side of the bracket.

Step 4: With the book now open, the front of the book now rests against the other side of the L bracket.  Tape the book to this side of the bracket.

Step 5:

Pull one page from the upper portion of the book and rest it down to the “shelf” portion of the book.  You will see why this is important on a later step.

Step 5: Pull one page from the upper portion of the book and rest it down to the “shelf” portion of the book.  You will see why this is important on a later step.

Step 6:

On the back side of the “shelf” drill through the holes in the L brackets through the pages.

Step 6: On the back side of the “shelf” drill through the holes in the L brackets through the pages.

Step 7:

Pull up the belt on the back side of the shelf and drill through the holes you just created to make the hole in the belt.

Step 7: Pull up the belt on the back side of the shelf and drill through the holes you just created to make the hole in the belt.

Step 8:

Now it is time to hang the book shelf.  In the holes you created, drill screws through to the wall.

Step 8: Now it is time to hang the book shelf.  In the holes you created, drill screws through to the wall.

Step 9:

Remove all the blue tape from the book and add several pieces of double-sided tape to the top of the back of the shelf.

Step 9: Remove all the blue tape from the book and add several pieces of double-sided tape to the top of the back of the shelf.

Step 10:

The page that you pulled earlier now gets put into place, covering the mounting screws.

Step 10: The page that you pulled earlier now gets put into place, covering the mounting screws.

Step 11:

Buckle the belts.

Step 11: Buckle the belts.

Step 12:

Accessorize your urban belt book shelf.  I selected a piece I found at Goodwill.

Step 12: Accessorize your urban belt book shelf.  I selected a piece I found at Goodwill.

DIY Urban Belt Book Shelf

DIY Urban Belt Book Shelf

#FindTheGood.  Think of Goodwill for your next repurposing project.  Shopping at Goodwill is a triple win: You get big savings, you help the environment by repurposing goods, and you support job creation for your local community.  To learn more about Goodwill of Orange County visit ocgoodwill.org.

-Janeane

Interior Designer at Janeane Pittman Interior Design

One comment

  1. Reblogged this on Design With J9 and commented:

    Here is a weekend project for you that has turned out to be one of my favorites…the DIY Urban Belt Book Shelf. And although it may be taking a little longer than anticipated, this Goodwill project is part of my #SpringSpruceUp for my master bedroom. What, it’s only June! Don’t judge.

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