DIY Bathroom Shelves

items on wood bathroom shelves above toiletBack with the last DIY project from our modern vintage bathroom. I wanted some simple shelves above our toilet since this is the only spot we have in the bathroom to store anything (you can see a before photo below ๐Ÿ˜ฒ with our previous above the toilet storage). Itโ€™s just a small half bath, so we donโ€™t really need to keep too much in here. Extra toilet paper and the small basket with a few miscellaneous supplies (bandaids, flossers, etc) were the main things I needed someplace to keep. We shared this simple DIY over on our stories a few months back, so you can check that out to see how we made these (steps are below too).items on wood bathroom shelvesitems on wood bathroom shelvesscrews and brackets in wall with a wood shelfMaterials:
โ€“ wood
โ€“ table saw
โ€“ sandpaper
โ€“ drill/screw gun
โ€“ screws
โ€“ drywall anchors
โ€“ corner braces

(You can see the video for how to install these here)

Cut your shelf boards to fit between the walls so that there is a slight gap on each side (the gap is just so youโ€™re not scratching your drywall as youโ€™re putting them in, you donโ€™t want it to be a super tight fit).

Determine if there is a stud which can be used to attach the corner braces to.

Determine the height of the shelves and draw a light level line where the bottom of the shelf will go.

Keeping the bottom of the brace that sticks out from the wall even with the level line and lined up with the stud, or where you want the corner brace to be if using drywall anchors, mark the location of the hole on the wall, install the drywall anchors at these points.

Attach the corner braces to the wall screwing them into a stud or using drywall anchors.

Set the shelf on top of the braces and mark out where they are on the bottom of the shelf.
Transfer these marks to the edge the shelf. Use a forstner bit to remove material from the side of the shelf so that the corner braces will be able to slide up in, keep the top edge of the bit below the top of the shelf so that it will not be seen from above. (This part is easiest to figure out by watching the video).

Sand shelf and set on braces.
A fun little before & after of this spot โ€“ ha! Just a little bit different! ๐Ÿ˜‰wash your hands sign and items on wood bathroom shelves
You can see our other DIY projects from this bathroom here: Light Fixture Makeover | DIY Triangle Towel Holder | DIY Interior Window Shutters. Another great alternative for toilet paper is this DIY Toilet Paper Stand!


  • SaraFriday, February 15, 2019 - 11:01 am

    I love this so much! Would love to do this in our bathroom but we dont have the side walls on both side – only one side wall and obviously the back wall – any suggestions for hardware that we could use on the back wall to support but also not be seen like your corner brackets allow to have that floating shelf feel? Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • MandaFriday, February 15, 2019 - 4:06 pm

      Hi Sara, so glad you like this! We’ve done other floating shelves in our home, the ones we have in our boys room are floating style, and could work if you don’t have the two walls on either side. You’d just need to use wood that’s slightly thicker, as the shelf would slide onto the corner brace (you use a larger corner brace), rather than sit on top. You can see how we did those ones here: Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • MarySaturday, February 16, 2019 - 12:46 pm

    I would love to try this in my tiny bathroom when i finish another project, but I don’t see any option to pin this so I remember. Am i missing something? Hovering doesn’t give me a pin  option and I only see an instagram logo on the bottom, no pin button! Help! I would also love to know if you suggest finishing this wood to keep it from getting discolored as Ive had bare pine discolor from objects placed on it. I love the natural look, but the light in a room always yellows the area around objects placed!ReplyCancel

    • MandaTuesday, February 19, 2019 - 2:11 pm

      Our web designer is working on adding the Pin button to the bottom of the posts to make it easier, sorry we don’t have that option now. Not sure why the hovering over the photos doesn’t bring up the Pin button for you, so sorry about that! You can re-pin this from our Pin: and hopefully we’ll have the button added very soon! If you want to protect the wood from yellowing, you should use a finish, as the sun will cause the shelves to darken/yellow some. We’ve used Rust-Oleum’s Crystal Clear Satin Water-Based Polyurethane to finish wood projects, and while it does change the color slightly, it’s a clear option that doesn’t darken the wood too much, so we’ve been happy with it. Hope that helps! ๐Ÿ™‚ReplyCancel

  • KMP Furniture BlogTuesday, February 19, 2019 - 9:19 am

    Shelves create that very much needed extra storage space, especially in small places. But I’ve also found these to be particularly decorative used very much like the open shelving system used in some kitchens – decoratively only. Whatever the case might be, being DIY makes them even better. ReplyCancel

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