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How do I remove a closet shelf that is flush against the closet wall with just a brace in the middle? The brace is not a problem, but the shelf looks like it's glued in. It has a 2 X 1(maybe) X 72 (closet length). And two small braces on each end about 2 ft in length X maybe 1" wide.

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rubber mallet + a few whacks? – DA01 Jul 1 '13 at 19:21
Remove any screws from the brackets, then I suspect @DA01 has the right idea. Things that have been painted over can often feel glued. Try using a razor blade along any edges where the shelf meets the walls or supporting brackets to prevent the paint from holding it in place. – Jacob S Jul 1 '13 at 19:42

Most likely nailed from above into braces.

May be glued and/or caulked, so run a utility knife or window razor (single straight edge razor in a holder).

Then, as suggested by DA01 and Jacob S, wack upwards with a rubber mallet or a regular hammer into a block of wood

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