One thing I immediately noticed in our new home was the lack of storage. There seemed to be space everywhere but nowhere to really put/hide anything. Enter: shelves. If you’re reading this blog, chances are you’ve seen DIY floating shelves online many times before. That’s because they are 1. EASY 2. storage solution 3. look realllyy pretty
Here is my version:
Our bathroom (like the rest of the house) was a big blob of beige. It needed some character and shelves above the roman tub was just the right touch.
First, I started by measuring the size that would make sense for this wall. Both the length and width of each shelf, and how many would fit on the space with enough room to store things.
I was going for a thick, rustic look here so 3 shelves spanning the full width of the wall looked perfect. Next, I located the studs and screwed in pieces of wood the width of the wall into the studs, making sure they were level.
Then, I determined how wide each shelf should stick out. The space between the wall and the edge of the tub was just over 12 inches, so each shelf would be about a foot wide. I cut shorter pieces to hold the weight of each shelf and attached them to the wood already on the wall using pocket screws I made with this Kreg Jig.
Pro tip: if you don’t have a Kreg Jig, you need to get one asap. I use it in almost every project. I started with this mini jig in my early building phase and have since upgraded to the K4 Kreg Jig, but this little guy got me through a lot of DIYs and is HIGHLY recommended!
A Kreg Jig basically helps you drill a hole at an angle to join wood. It provides a super sturdy connection through a pocket screw that can absorb large amounts of weight.
Now is the fun part – building the shelf! This takes some measuring to get it just right but essentially, I took the length, width and height of the pieces already on the wall and built out a hollow box. Two long, flat sides with edge pieces across the front and one side (the other side will butt up against the wall). Here’s a look..
You can see here how the cleats in the wall with the pocket holes fit nicely inside the hollow box!
Once all 3 were on the wall, I used some screws in the top to secure the shelf to the inside brackets. Now time to stain! I taped off the edges to avoid getting stain on the wall and used Minwax Provencial 211.
SInce these will live in the bathroom with moisture in the air from the tub or shower, it is very important to add a sealer to the wood. I used Minwax Polycrylic for the top coat which makes it not only easier to wipe clean, but helps protect the wood from water damage. Three coats of this and you’re good to go.
And there you have it! Some easy, brew-tiful, DIY floating shelves!