Hey there! Hope everyone had a great weekend. We had an awesome weekend, my mother came to visit, a little warm weather here in NC, and LMB got a sweet thrifted bike (check out her Instagram for the latest cruising shots). Anyway, our house will be going up on the market very soon, so easy and cheap upgrades have been on our to-do list. Rumor has it, there is never enough storage, so we added even more storage in our bathroom. A few weeks ago, we added floating shelves to our water closet; this week we added rustic bathroom shelves above the vanity. It was really easy, and took about 45 minutes to fully install. Here is how they turned out.
(2) 2″x8″ cut to 3ft.
(4) 90 degree 7 1/4″ x 9 1/2″ brackets.
(8) 90 degree 1″x1″ brackets.
(8) Drywall anchors with screws.
1 Can Spray Paint (for brackets and screws)
Special Walnut Stain or stain of your choice
First, determine the desired spacing between the shelves. The wall, the shelves were mounted to,was on the other side of our shower, so I used a stud finder with a metal scan option to ensure I was not going to hit any pipes. The boards and brackets were stained/painted prior to installing. The screws were not painted prior, we spray paint into a cup (outdoors of course), and use Q-tips to paint the heads of the screws. If you paint the screw before installation, the screwdriver will scratch off the paint on the screw heads, and you will have to come back later anyway.
Next, measure out the placement of your brackets. I have two types of brackets for added strength and esthetic appeal. The first set of brackets are 4 little 90 degree, 1 inch x 1 inch, brackets with single holes for screws. I used drywall anchors and screws to install them into the wall before resting the board on them. Check for level, rest the board on the bracket (you may need assistance with this) and install them to the bottom side of the board. The next set, are 2 brackets (that were originally white), measuring roughly 7 1/4 x 9 1/2. I placed these two brackets overtop, concealing two of the inner smaller brackets. After these are installed, again check for level.
Repeat these same steps for the other shelf or shelves. That is It!
Overall cost of this project was under $50.00, and it took less than 1 hour. I really enjoyed the way they look, and as soon as LMB put her touches on it… Game, Set, and Match. Hopefully it turns out to be a selling point, but we shall see. If you guys have any other ideas for quick and cheap upgrades that may help out, please leave some comments below. We really enjoyed the memories in the house, our first purchased home, so it is sad to know that we will be departing from it, but we have our next house back in Michigan awaiting our arrival. Well I hope you all enjoyed, and are inspired. Find me on Facebook, twitter, and Instagram. Thanks.