DIY Rustic Bathroom Shelves

CD shelf 6

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.

CD shelf 2

The Materials:

(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.
(24) Screws
1 Can Spray Paint (for brackets and screws)
Special Walnut Stain or stain of your choice

The Tools:

Stud Finder
Sanding block

CD shelf 4

The Technique:

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!

CD shelf 3

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.


  1. Love this! I have been updating a lot of things in our home to match the rustic look over the past year and these shelves are incredibly simple! A must try!

    • says:

      I am glad you like it. My wife and I, are very rustic people. These shelves fit right in.

  2. Beautiful! I’m planning on doing something similar above my husband’a desk

    • says:

      I was thinking the same thing. Our next home, has an office area, and I was thinking they would look very nice above a desk. Good luck, please share photo’s.

  3. Jessica says:

    What kind of wood did you use for the shelves? Love the look!!!

    • says:

      I used pine for the shelves. Thanks for the comment Jessica.

  4. Linda says:

    hi! Where did you purchase the brackets?

    • says:

      I purchased the brackets from Lowe’s. If you go to their organization isle, it has those white wire shelves that are typically put in garages and closets. Hope this helps, thanks for reading.

  5. Beth Y. says:

    Looks fantastic. Great job! I have one question, though, is the wood screwed onto the bracket, or just resting on top of the bracket? Thank you, in advance.

    • says:


      The Wood is screwed onto the top of the bracket to keep it in place. Thank you for your question and for reading the blog.


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