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Install an Over-the-door Décor Shelf

Project Overview

Install an Over-the-door Décor Shelf

For function fanatics and small-home dwellers alike, storage is a luxury. So look up. Installing a shelf above a door in the bath to hold towels and toiletries – or in the kitchen for cookbooks or collectibles – is smart and stylish. It's a simple project that can be completed in little time. You can make it fancy as we've done, or simple with a change of bracket design.

9 Steps

  1. Measure
  2. Cut
  3. Sanding and Painting
  4. Place brackets
  5. Screw brackets to shelf
  1. Add edge moulding
  2. Finishing
  3. Installation
  4. Caulking
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Step 1


Measure the width of the door and casing. Our shelf is made to fit a space measuring 39-1/4" to the outside of the casing.


Step 2


On your compound sliding mitre saw or table saw, cut the 1 x 10 board to length, adding the width of your brackets plus 1/8" per side. In our case the length was 41".

Sanding and Painting

Step 3

Sanding and Painting

Sand the shelf and the brackets with 120-grit sandpaper. Prime and paint first coat, sanding between coats with 220-grit sandpaper. We used Behr Ultra Pure White in semi-gloss.

Step 4

Place brackets

Using a carpenter's square, measure and mark the shelf for bracket placement. Glue and clamp the brackets in place.

Screw brackets to shelf

Step 5

Screw brackets to shelf

Countersink two #8 1-1/2" woodscrews through each side edge of shelf into brackets.

Step 6

Add edge moulding

Mitre corners of 3/4" edge moulding for sides and front of shelf. Glue and pin using 3/4" brad nails.

Step 7


Fill holes, sand and paint shelf with final coat.


Step 8


Install shelf above door by countersinking 3 1-1/2" screws through shelf into the door casing header. Pin bracket bottoms into side casing using 1-1/4"18-gauge brad nails.

Step 9


Caulk seam between shelf and casing and wall. We used Dap Latex Caulking. When dry, touch up paint where required.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 2 hours

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