Farmhouse Bathroom Shelves

You guys, it has been a hot minute since I’ve posted! Since I last met with you here, we have welcomed a new little life to our family. Ella Rayne was born on June 2nd and is the sweetest little nugget imaginable. Now that we’re getting back into the swing of things and settling into something of a routine, I’m excited to be able to share these floating shelves that I added in our bathroom pre-baby along with a ton of other changes that have happened around the house! Does anyone else use maternity leave as an excuse to get projects done while the baby sleeps? Thankfully, my almost four-year-old is super into arts and crafts right now, so quiet time affords me the luxury of getting things done so I have time to snuggle with them during awake times.

Y’all probably know that among the amazing accounts who inspired me to start building are the sisters over at Shanty-2-Chic. Their floating shelves are what inspired these and, while I didn’t follow the plans to a T, I did use them as inspiration! That’s the awesome things about all these DIY-ers and bloggers who are willing to share their tips and tricks. We all garner inspiration from each other and it makes this beautiful, creative community! {Here’s the link to their floating shelves.}

If you check out their tutorial, you’ll notice they make a brace for the wall. After building the shelves {including the brace}, I realized that I wanted a little touch of black for contrast in the bathroom and stumbled on these brackets at Home Depot. They were perfect and a great price, so I snagged four of those and set off to build the boxes. Here’s a supply list of what I purchased {with links}:


  • Everbuilt shelf brackets (4)
  • 1 x 12″ whitewood board (cut to 18″ lengths)
  • 1/2″ x 4″ hobby boards (for each shelf you’ll need two 19″ lengths and two 11 1/4″ lengths)
  • Brad nailer
  • Wood glue
  • Compound miter saw (or have the good people at your hardware store cut everything for you)
  • Level

I’m going to apologize for not having pictures of the process, but I was really excited to get these shelves done. SO if you’re looking for a great tutorial, head to the link above to see how they assembled their shelves. I used my Ryobi compound miter saw to cut all my boards to length (since they were going over the toilet, I just measured the depth and length of the tank and used that to get my shelf dimensions), then glued and brad nailed the boards together and let sit to dry. I also chose to stain the boards in Minwax Early American, probably my favorite stain right now and also the stain we chose to use on Ella’s door {more on that in a subsequent post}.

Here’s the before.

And here’s the after!

Granted we still have a little work to do in here. I’d like to frame out the mirror and add a new light fixture plus grout the tiles with a dark gray similar to the kitchen backsplash {also in an upcoming post}, but one thing at a time. This mama has a bit less time on her hands to DIY, so the projects will take a little longer I’m sure. It’s all oh, so worth it, though!

So what do you think of the new shelves? I might have added one in the other bathroom as well … and by might, I mean I did. I just loved them so much!



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