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Create Display Shelves Above Windows

Some time ago someone posted an idea to use shelves over windows. I had commented that I did the same thing only I used wooden door gingerbread trim to make the side brackets so that I could hang my curtain rods through them. Someone contacted me and asked me to post a picture. I used basic wooden shelving and trimmed the edges with rope molding.

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By Beth from Albany, NY

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June 26, 20091 found this helpful

I think this is a great idea if you have decorative things to store that you don't need to get to-- books, etc. I'm all for using all that vertical space.

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November 16, 20161 found this helpful
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My husband constructed a long shelf over my French doors in my dining room going to the our back deck, he used Knotty Pine paneling from his parents home so it has a sentimental value to us. I have a collection of teapots and teacups that's it on this shelf above the back doors and also there is a shelf in the adjoining wall with books about two angels and tea cups and tea pots of all sizes.

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January 1, 20170 found this helpful

Great idea and great looking! What do you use to keep your items in place.

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I have my grandmothers tea cups and I would hate to have them fall off.

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January 2, 20170 found this helpful

The knotty pine paneling had a ridge at the top which was hung on the wall and the tea cups and other accessories lean against that ridge.

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June 26, 20090 found this helpful

Your idea is not only cute but so functional! Using the gingerbread trim is a real bonus and incorporating the curtain rod into it is very clever. Kudos for your ingenuity!

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June 26, 20090 found this helpful

Do your all think 2 shelves over double windows would look good? I have 2 sets of double windows and a single window. Would it look good to have shelves over all the windows or would that be to much?

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November 22, 20160 found this helpful

I have a long shelf over my French doors at my back door. It is very decorative and a half a nice display of tea cups teapots and other Tea related items on the Shelf

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June 26, 20090 found this helpful

Years ago I made cornice boards which were about 6 inches from the ceiling. At Christmas I would put garlands, fake apples and lights on top of them.

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They looked wonderful and added a great festive touch to the livingroom. Shelves are a great idea for a country look! Nice idea.

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January 1, 20140 found this helpful

This is a wonderful idea for me to work on. Am renting an old place and taken down all their curtains and frills hence leaving the top ledgers around. Now I can dress it up and add some of my stored away treasures. Thank you for the tip.

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April 17, 20160 found this helpful

I forgot this great idea then when I needed space this month your picture reminded me.Thanks for sharing.

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November 22, 20160 found this helpful

The Shelf over my back door is very functional and very cozy looking

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