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Lighted Vertical Wall Shelf

Build this stylish shelf without cutting a single board. Its built-in light showcases artwork or collectibles, and the four shelves hold stacks of books.

Wall-hung lighted display shelves

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Carpenter’s square
  • Tape measure
  • 120- and 180-grit sandpaper
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Wood glue
  • 180-grit sanding sponge


  • 3/4 x 20 x 72 glued pine panel, #179367
  • 2 - 1/2 x 3 x 72 pine boards, #50262
  • 4 - 17-3/4-in x 8-in hidden-bracket shelves, #307248
  • Portfolio 3-light LED picture light, #331389
  • #8 x 3/4-in panhead sheet-metal screws
  • #16 x 1-in wire nails
  • Large D-ring picture hangers, pack of four, #264575
  • Valspar Signature semigloss paint, Belle Grove Spruce (#5003-6A)

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Step 1

Screw a D-ring hanger to each 1/2 x 3 x 72 strip centered on its width and 4 inches from the top. On the back of the panel, measure and mark 1 inch in from both long edges. Then glue and nail the spacers to the back of the panel along the 1-inch inset lines (Project Diagram).

Step 2

Sand the panel face and edges with 120- and 180-grit sandpaper. Wipe the surfaces clean and apply two coats of paint to the panel and shelves.

Step 3

On the front of the panel, measure 13-1/2 inches up from the bottom and mark a 1-foot-long horizontal line centered on the panel. Using the five upper mounting holes on the hidden-shelf holder, screw it to the panel with the bottom edge of the holder on the pencil line. Repeat to mount the remaining shelf holders per the Project Diagram.

Step 4

Measure the distance between the hangers on the back of the 1/2 x 3 boards and mark mounting locations on your wall. If no studs are present, install hollow-wall anchors.

Step 5

Attach a light fixture to the back of the main panel and hang the shelf unit on the wall with the power cord running down between the back strips. Slip the shelves onto their supports and plug in the light.