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Build an Exterior Window Shelf

I am at it again. I love the style of shelves that we built in my dining room. I decided to take this one step further and use the same design to create a great area on my back porch that would connect my kitchen to the outside. I decided to build an exterior window shelf.

Exterior Window Shelves:

This is what I had to begin with. I had wood trim around my kitchen window.

Here is a list of tools that I used on this project:
Orbit Sander with Cloth Dust Bag
Slide Compound Miter Saw, 12-Inch
Exterior Wood Screw
18-Volt Compact Drill/Driver Kit
Drill Bit Set
Minwax Regular Finishing Wax
Stanley 42-480 48-Inch Level
2in by 12in piece of wood. The length will depend on how long you want to make the shelf)
2in by 2in wood for the shelf brackets

I actually used some reclaimed wood that we came across recently. II cut some of it down for the brackets and had to sand the wood to get the old paint off of it.

The first thing I did was tear off the bottom piece of trim. I wanted the shelf to sit flush against the window.

The next step was to build the shelf brackets

I cut 3 different lengths. The top piece was 11 inches long, the bottom piece 9 inches. I then cut the angle pieces with a 45 degree angle. I cut it at 7 1/2 inches. The inner corners of the angle was approximately 4 1/2 inches.

Since my shelf was somewhat longer, I opted for 3 brackets instead of 2 for a more sturdy base.

I made sure to drill holes in the top pieces so that the wood wouldn’t split and it would make it easier to drive the screws in. Once the hole was drilled, I screwed it into the bottom piece.

I now have an L shape. The next step was to add the angle piece for strength.

I drilled holes in these as well prior to screwing them in.

Once they were all assembled, I began attaching them to the wall, starting with the center on I then measured out to make sure they are all even and centered.

Make sure you use your level to confirm they are straight up and down.

Once I had all 3 brackets installed, I added the shelf to the top. I screwed this in by screwing through the underside of the top piece of the brackets up into the shelf.

I then applied wax on top of the wood. You can leave it raw, or you can paint or stain it. I love the raw look and the wax brings out the natural beauty of the wood.

I also painted the brackets white. This shelf will be serving many purposes this summer. I can see myself growing some pretty awesome herbs here, and the convenience of having it right by my kitchen faucet makes watering a breeze.

I can also see us using this often for our many barbeques and parties. It would be a great place to set out drinks or appetizers.

I cannot wait for summer to hit so that I can put this to full use!

Sometimes I am surprised at the things I am able to accomplish on my own This project was one of them. I did this all by myself. Hubhy was pretty impressed.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this DIY exterior window shelf tutorial. Thanks for taking some time out of your day to see what was happening at Twelve On Main.

Have a great day and remember….

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Summer is coming. What a better way to get ready than to build yourself an exterior window shelf. It can be used for herb gardens or anything you like.

Outdoor Window Shelf with Lattice

Outdoor Window Shelf with Lattice – Ana-White.com

Hi DIY Friends! Happy Monday. I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Remember my beginner builder friend Jen?

Jen is working with me to post a new, beginner project each week for you! You know, easy projects that don’t need a ton of tools and are inexpensive to make.

This week, Jen wanted to tackle a shelf for grilling accessories and utensils. I hope you enjoy this project as much as we did designing it and building it!

Hello everybody! Jen here!

I’m so excited to share today another simple project that can be used indoor or out, to “spice” up your space! And did I happen to mention you will only need about $10 in lumber?

This week we decided on a sweet little accent shelf piece, to add to your collection of backyard fun – or even indoors too. Ana and I really wanted to create a set of hooks that could store grill utensils, with a shelf for spices or more grilling accessories, but also be versatile enough to work throughout the home and seasons.

This shelf is very versatile and can be used for many applications. I am hoping to see how others use it on the “brag board”. How would you use it?

As I was watching Ana create and design this plan, I thought, I might just be the luckiest person on the planet. I love my job and the fact that all I need to do is show up to build! Not a bad gig if you ask me.

This only took 4 boards to build, no time at all to cut, and a super easy plan to follow. Once I cut my boards,

I layed them out on the table face down.

I took the two outside boards for the front and then marked them for placement for the back grid, locked them in place with a couple clamps,

And applied glue,

And then stapled the cross joints together.

Once the back grid was glued and stapled I flipped it over and added the 2 additional boards to the front middle of grid, marked boards, glued and stapled, so I was looking at what looked like a paned window.

Now for the little shelf, lucky for me Ana was there to hold my hand as I used the jig saw to cut the corbels! I was a little nervous, but with her can-do attitude, I had them both cut and sanded in about 10 minutes.

The other option is to buy a couple of simple corbels for this application.

Be sure to choose the right jigsaw bit for your project!

I used a round object, traced three times overlapping, to create this simple corbel shape.

For some extra refining, I clamped the two corbels together once they were cut and sanded them together, so they matched.

Next I needed to attach the bottom slats to the corbels. I clamped one side, glued, pre-drilled a couple holes at each joint, and sunk my screws.

I did the same for the opposite side.

I added the cross board to the front of the shelf in the same manner, and there was my shelf!

Now I needed to attach the shelf to the window part so I turned the window upside down over the shelf, held the outside edges flush, and glued and sunk a few screws on each outside edge.

I stood this puppy up, took my last board to cap the top, glued and stapled it to the frame, and that’s all folks!

Decisions, decisions, on how to finish it.

I liked the idea of white, like a window grid. So I picked up 2 cans of RustOleum Paint + Primer for indoor/outdoor use.

Check out this sweet attachment, for spray paint cans!

It was nice and comfortable to spray with, and seemed to have really nice even coverage!

Then for the utensil hooks, I got some cup hooks and dressed them up a bit with this RustOleum Hammered finish spray paint!

Now it was time to dress it up with all the trimmings and have a party!

And so functional, to have your grilling supplies right there, within easy reach!

Since the bottom is slatted, water won’t pool on the bottom shelf, so perfect for exterior use.

But I also love indoor applications – think that dead space over the toilet with towels on the hooks, or even adding more hooks and hanging cups on the hooks for a little dish shelf!

Hope you love this little shelf as much as I do! If you build, please share!

Thanks for tuning in, can’t wait to show you what’s in store for next week!

Outdoor Window Shelf with Lattice Outdoor Window Shelf with Lattice – Ana-White.com Hi DIY Friends! Happy Monday. I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Remember my beginner builder friend