Rustic DIY Bathroom Shelving

Last week, I shared my new DIY Towel Organizer for our master bathroom and today I have part 2 of that project. Even though this next project is actually for our half-bath downstairs the two pieces would work really well together in the same bathroom.  So today, I’m revealing our new Rustic DIY Bathroom Shelving.

DIY Rustic Bathroom Shelves! Easy and inexpensive. via

Earlier this year I revealed that my word of the year for 2014 is FINISH. I have SO many projects/rooms that I have been working on for the past few months and I am really determined to get them all done. These new bathroom shelves are one of the few projects I have left to complete our half-bath makeover. I am really enjoying how they turned out and they add a lot of character to the tiny space.

DIY Rustic Shelving for the bathroom!

I kept the decor very minimalistic. I like crisp and clean spaces and didn’t want to add too much more for right now.

DIY Rustic Shelving! Perfect for a small bathroom via

And the best part is, they are SUPER easy to make. I mean, I’m tell you ANYONE can do it.

DIY Rustic Bathroom Shelving via

They are so simple to put together and are actually pretty inexpensive.


– (2) Pieces of 20″ X 8″ Whitewood Planks

– (2) Packs of Black Shelving Brackets 

– Minwax English Chestnut  Stain

–  Rustoleum Kona Stain

– Satin Polyurethane

DIY Wood Rack Barnwood Stain

The tutorial is actually really similar to the Towel Holder.  I started with a  20″ X 8″ X 1″ plank and stained it using a combination of Minwax English Chestnut  and Rustoleum Kona.

DIY Towel Rack Finish

I waited 24 hours for the stain to dry then did two coats of Minwax Satin polyurethane.


I knew I wanted Black Shelving Brackets  and I ended up finding these at Target. Only $9.99 for both brackets!

When installing it to the wall, I tried to use the studs as much as possible. Due to the placement on my wall, I was only able to get one side secured to studs and the other into drywall. Just make sure you use the screws included in the kit.

DIY Rustic Bathroom Shelves! Easy and inexpensive. via

I used very minimal decorations on the shelf. A tall candle from Target, books and a grapevine sphere that I already had on hand, vintage basket from Amazon and a picture frame from Target.

I can’t wait to show you the rest of the bathroom! I have a feeling there will be a reveal REAL SOON :)


Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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  1. says

    I love what you’ve done!! I have an idea very similar to this kind of shelving but I have old barn wood to use. Just wondering if you’ve ever worked with it and know if you need to treat the wood for pesticides before staining/finishing it?


  2. says

    I love this look!! You have done such a great job on these brackets.. and made it look easy.

    You are such a great stylist too.. just enough stuff on them to look interesting! Thanks for the inspiration.

  3. JaneEllen says

    Love your shelves, the black brackets are perfect with color of stains. Love how the two stains look together on the shelves. It looks so clean and tidy, not cluttered with what you have on shelves. Can I ask where you got that adorable little wire basket for your tp? I’ll have to take a page from your decorating, not put too much on a shelf (which I tend to do).
    Happy week

  4. says

    I am so excited! I have been wanting to put shelves in my sewing room, these will be perfect!! I am also going to steal your basket idea for TP storage in our bathroom.



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