Hey, guys! I’m so happy you’re here. If it’s your first time reading, welcome! This week, I’ve created a really simple, but very effective shelving piece for the bathroom. I have been searching for a solution to my need for bathroom storage, but bulky cabinets and expensive shelves were out of the question. I took a spin on the classic over-the-toilet shelving and created this rustic ladder-style shelving unit. This build was quick, easy and inexpensive – the perfect combination in a DIY project. I’ve listed out all the steps with pictures below to make it easy for you to build and fall in love with your own.
- (1) 1 x 10 x 24″
- (1) 1 x 8 x 24″
- (2) 1 x 3 x 72″
- (1) 1 x 6 x 24″
- (2) 2 x 3 x 96″
- 1 1/4″ Finishing Nails
- 1 1/4″ Wood Screws
- Wood Glue
- Paint or Stain
- Miter Saw
- Power Drill
- Hand Sander with Medium Grit Sandpaper
- Eye Protection
- Speed Square
Step 1 – Cut Boards to Size
The image above shows all the necessary cuts for the shelves of this piece. Not pictured are the side supports. These are cut from the 2 x 3″ boards, each at 72″ long with parallel 10° ends.
Step 2 – Assemble Shelves
All three shelves will have two side pieces and a matching back piece that are cut from the 1 x 3″ boards. Using wood glue and finishing nails, I attached a 24″ back piece to the first shelf and then the matching side pieces.
Repeat the above process on the remaining two shelves.
Step 3 – Paint or Stain
For this project, I found it easier to stain the shelves and side pieces before assembly. I used Watco Danish Oil in Dark Walnut, which is an incredibly easy product to finish with. After following the instructions on the container, the wood came out with a beautiful warm tone that I love. You can use as many coats as wanted of this, depending on the color you’d like to achieve.
Step 4 – Assemble Final Piece
After drying overnight, the shelves are ready to be attached the the side supports. I began by leaning each 72″ board against an open wall and clamping scrap wood to the inside at 37″ from the bottom, making sure that the scrap piece is level. I attached the 10″ shelf on top of the clamped scrap wood using two 1 1/4″ wood screws on each side.
To keep the shelves even, I cut two 10″ pieces of scrap wood and place them as spacers to attach the second and third shelves above the first.
Once all your shelves are attached, you’re ready to place the piece and put it to use! I’m excited about this new addition of storage to my bathroom – especially with how pretty it is. If you love projects like these and want to stay tuned to what I’m creating, make sure you enter your email and click “Subscribe” in the bar up top. I hope to see you back next week!