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One Outdoorsy Bookshelf Alternative
Leftover white-vinyl rain gutters from your last home-renovation project can serve a new purpose—and this one doesn't require you to periodically scrape leaves out of them. With the help of a saw, a level, some screws and end caps—which close off the ends of the gutter—you can create rows of floating shelves. They're perfect for displaying books and art: just mount/secure the gutters against the wall, and the lip will keep the items from sliding or falling down. Plus, creating two 5-foot-long shelves only costs $18, says Selene Galindo, who offers a full how-to on her blog, Restoration Beauty.