DIY Rustic Wood Floating Shelves

I finished up the last project in the guest bathroom!  And I just love how they turned out! 

If you missed the last few posts I have been working on One Month, One Room, $100 challenge – making over my guest bathroom in one month with less than $100.

DIY Rustic Wood Floating Shelves

I won’t share an entire tutorial because Alicia at Thrifty and Chic did a great job with her tutorial which is what I followed.  But I did change a few things up so I’ll tell you what I did different.  These are a little different than other floating shelves tutorials you may see because they use all long boards, no plywood.  I didn’t have any plywood and didn’t want to spend the money for a big sheet of plywood.  So it was cheaper to do it just regular long boards.  Alicia did her shelves using a 1×6 but said she wished she would have done them with 1×8 or 1×10 to make them deeper.  So I opted to use a 1×8 because I wanted them deeper but my bathroom is small so I couldn’t do quite 1×10 for the depth.  She also did hers 3 foot long but my space only allowed for 2 foot long shelves. 

So here were the supplies I bought for 2 shelves that about 2 foot long.  It cost under $18 for 2 shelves that are about 8 inches deep and 2 foot long.

1 – 1x8x8 ($11.34)- this is the top and bottom of the shelves

1 – 2x2x8 – ($1.75) – this is the back brace piece that you will use to secure shelves to wall

1 – 1x4x8 ($4.67) – this is the side and front of the shelves

Here’s after I had both shelves assembled and just needed to build the supports which you can see in Alicia’s post.

DIY Rustic Wood Floating Shelves

After I sanded everything smooth, I stained it using the same Briarsmoke stain by Varathane that I have used in the rest of the room.  I secured the shelves onto the back brackets with 2 screws from the top of the shelf on either end.  I may add a 3rd one in the middle but they seem very secure.  I made sure to secure the back bracket/brace into a stud.

DIY Rustic Wood Floating Shelves

Here they are all hung and styled!  I just love them and had so much fun filling them up.  They have sort of a farmhouse/spa/beachy style.  Smile

DIY Rustic Wood Floating Shelves

All the wood in this room has really added a lot of warmth to this room that was so bland and white before.

DIY Rustic Wood Floating Shelves

All the decor and accessories came from my stash and things I had used in our previous house guest bathroom.  I did add the larger canister with some sample size toiletries that guests can use if they need or want them.

DIY Rustic Wood Floating Shelves

Just basic square edges on these shelves – secured with nails and wood glue so they were so easy to make.  I haven’t mastered using a Kreg Jig yet (but I hope to soon!) so this project was perfect easy build for me.  I love how the shelves are closed in from the bottom too. 

DIY Rustic Wood Floating Shelves

Can’t wait to reveal the whole room tomorrow! 

DIY Rustic Wood Floating Shelves

Here’s how I am doing on my budget for the challenge:

Spent so far – $38.76

Spent for this project – $17.76 for lumber (already had stain and screws/nails)

Total spent – $56.52

So far so good – under budget!


  1. Sherri S. says:

    So much about this bathroom I love, Christina. You always inspire me! Great job!!!

    Hope your week is blessed…

  2. Anne Marie says:

    Wow what a great job. Love the shelves and your shower curtain. Do you have a source for the shower curtain. I would love a nice white shower curtain.

  3. Your new shelves look great and I agree that they help warm up the room!

  4. Silly question – what did you use to cut the boards to the size you needed? Stores don’t cut for specific projects, do they? hmmmmmm…..

  5. Leah Noble says:

    This looks fantastic. We are getting ready to do our mudroom/laundry/half bath and are adding shiplap and painting everything all white. So these distressed looking wood floating shelves would add some warmth. I was just wondering how far up from the potty did you hang the first shelf? And how much space did you put between the 2 shelves? Thank you so much

  6. I love your post and have been looking for floating shelves plans for above our toilet. I’ll be sharing this one with my hubby. Love the briarsmoke too!

  7. The rustic wall shelves are simple yet useful for decorative and storage purpose. We also make a designer wall shelf for home decor. Aarsun Woods

  8. Misty Powell says:

    I am planning on building 2 -24” shelves just like you did and I wonder if you know what length you had each piece cut to?
    Thanks, Misty

  9. Where did you get your mirror from? How did you get the floating shelves to match your mirror?

  10. Renee Bathje says:

    Beautiful! What is the wall color and the color of the vanity?

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