October 28, 2015

DIY Bathroom Floating Shelf

We checked another item off of our water closet's list this weekend: this DIY floating shelf!

To be honest, because we've done this before, we kind of went into autopilot mode when we were building this shelf so I don't have a lot of photos of the process. That being said, if you're looking for a very detailed, photo-heavy tutorial, check out this tutorial for the exact same shelves we built in our powder room.

For this shelf, we started with a hidden inner frame that we made from a 1 x 2 piece of wood:

We stained the top, bottom, and front pieces of the shelf Minwax's "Dark Walnut". After the stain was dry, we screwed bottom piece of wood (a 1 x 8) into the hidden inner frame supports (the pieces sticking out at you).

We used our Kreg Jig to attach the top piece (another 1 x 8) and front piece (a 1 x 6 ripped down to 4") together and then we set it on top of the supports. We didn't glue or screw it in place because it was such a tight fit. Basically, it won't be going anywhere unless the Hulk comes into our bathroom and tries to remove it haha

After the shelf was built, I taped off the wall and dusted the shelf off very, very well before applying a thin and even coat of poly with a small foam brush.

I waited the recommended amount of drying time before lightly sanding the shelf down, wiping off the dust, and applying another thin and even coat of poly. I waited 24 hours before adding anything to the shelf.

Here's the finished product!

My styling plans have changed since the last time you saw them!

A commenter suggested I add some green back to the shelf so I brought in this faux palm frond I got on clearance at Pottery Barn forever ago. I like how it blocks the view into the room. We don't have the blinds open when we're using the bathroom but it's nice having a little privacy screen when they are open :)

I found this candle at HomeGoods and am so addicted to the smell! The label is also pretty and I like how the orange ties in with the fabric on our pelmet box :)

Speaking of our pelmet box, here's how the shelf looks with it:

I love how this little space is turning out! All we have left to do is hang some art, add a rug, and a few finishing touches.

If everything goes as planned, I'll be revealing the room next week! :D


  1. I love your floating shelves! And that palm leaf!!! It is so so cool!

  2. Love the dark stain with fabric on the pelmet box!

  3. Okay, I'm totally making a shelf like this for our water closet!! I love it!


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