DIY Front Door Dentil Shelf

I love the look of a craftsman front door with a dentil shelf! You can find them all over Pinterest and all the new farmhouse styled houses have them. I am lucky enough to have a beautiful new craftsman style front door on my house but I never thought about the shelf. Until now! 

6 light window with dentil shelf

I really wanted a front door with a dentil shelf!

But my new door was a done deal and I didn't have one. 

Do you know they sell them? 

Yes they do... $189.00 for a simple dentil shelf to add to your front door! 

front door with fall basket wreath

By the way that Fall wreath alternative was a project I did recently

But... could I make a dentil moulding for the door for less? 

I bet I can! 

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My front door has been through many different paint jobs in the past several years. 

black front door with arched window and flowers

Read all about the black door choice.

yellow front door

You can read all about the yellow door

What was I thinking? 🙄

blue door with arched window

Read all about the blue door. 

Finally I gave up on the dated look I had and bought a new 6 light front door then replaced the garage door to match! 

Today I decided I had to have the dentil shelf and I was sure it was DIY do-able instead of paying $189. 

I headed to Home Depot and bought a piece of PVC moulding that was 1 1/2" wide by about 3/4" thick. 

The moulding piece was $7 for a piece that would make 2 shelves (good in case I messed up the first one). 

cutting pvc with a miter saw

I measured the length of the window on my door which was about 26" and I added an inch on each side so I cut a length that was 28" long. 

Next, I cut 5 pieces of the same PVC moulding into 2" lengths. 

cut pieces of pvc

I used Super Glue Gel to attach the 2" pieces evenly spaced along the bottom of the 28" piece. 

dentil shelf with a clamp

Next, I used Fusion Mineral Paint in Picket Fence that matched my door and painted the dentil moulding. 

painting the shelf with fusion mineral paint

painted dentil shelf

When it was dry I attached the dentil shelf to the door using a level and E6000 and hot glue, E6000 usually holds just about anything. 

I'm hoping this holds, if not I will use construction adhesive

front door with dentil shelf

I only had to hold the shelf onto the door for about 2 minutes for the glue to dry. 

dentil shelf under window on door

dentil moulding shelf on front door

And now I have the craftsman dentil moulding door I always wanted! 

front door with shelf

Can you do it? 

Yes you can!!

Want to hang a wreath just make the wreath hanger a little shorter and hang it above the shelf. 

wreath on front door

full front door with wreath

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front door with overlay

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white front door with dentil shelf

See how I made the rustic driftwood pumpkin too! 

diy front door wreath with pumpkin

pumpkin wreath


I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .