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DIY Rustic Bathroom Shelves

Remember that series of posts I mentioned..oh I don’t know maybe about a month ago…well welcome back to it! I know you probably all thought I was going to share each step once a week a of the bathroom makeover and then I kind of just stopped talking about it. Well it all started with the Stamp Wallpaper tutorial I showed you. I just love how easy and dramatic that simple stamp made my walls. Well since I had a few collaborations with other bloggers I kind of got all tangled in and decided to let you all sweat this one out. Hahah not really I’m just super unorganized and probably should have waited to share the stamp tutorial now. Oh-well here we go


So this probably was one of the cheapest DIY’s to date, maybe besides the $0 Rustic shutters I did, This one is second in line.  So, we had come across (back last spring) a pile of FREE pallets. We were the only crazy people jumping out of our car snagging some  as if we just saw gold! Have I mentioned before that I get super embaressed picking up stuff from the side of the road and I make the poor Mr. do it for me since he doesn’t get nearly as embaressed as I do. So here the pallets kind of hung out in our garage until the time was right to make some pallet wood DIY’s. We did use one of the pallets when we added some rustic decor to our Family Room last year. Other then that the rest of the piles of pallets just kind of hung out. So I knew when we were doing this project that I had two really nice chunky-rustic pieces that would be perfect for some shelving.

Here’s the thing…the pallet wood is pretty narrow, but I thought that was perfect since I really did not want a large shelf that someone could stand up from the toilet at bunk their head on. So just adding these shallow shelves would be perfect for adding just a few decorative accessories to.

So here’s how it went down.


L Brackets

Pallet Wood

Sand Paper

at that’s all

no really that’s all

Sand down the pallet wood first to get a nice smooth surface. Though you want your wood to be rustic and rugged looking you don’t want to get splinters if you touch it.

pallet wood 2

Next, screw those L brackets into the wall! (can’t be that simple) It wasn’t. We totally goofed up on this one and forgot that we were dealing with a bathroom here. We screwed right into a PVC pipe ahhhh! Yes, they exist and if the drill goes in with a hesitation you probably just did the same thing. It came up as a stud on the stud finder but what do those things really know? It was not quite a stud but a very important PVC pipe that could totally cause major damage just for our  dumb decorative $5 project.

So here we began the frantic search on google, how to avoid a major issue and what to do. Well good new…other people have done this same thing before. So we got some good tips on just caulking the hole up and then we would be in good shape. And we were, it was fixed and now we know better…bathrooms are tricky you got more then just studs behind the walls.

  caulk hole 2

caulk hole

Now that it was fixed we were back at finding the real studs and then drilling the brackets in. I decided that putting them on the bottom would look less noticeable. The L brackets are not super pretty, but since we had shallow shelves and I knew I would be adding cute accessories to the top we did not have to invest in anything too expensive here.

L brackets

Space shelves 8.5″ apart.

Then for my favorite part, the styling of the shelves. I went to Homegoods picked up some cute frames and then happened to have this wired basket from Target’s $1 section and put it all together. My favorite were the lavender soaps that just made the entire bathroom really smell like a french cottage (kind of what I was going for).

Pallet Wood Floating Shelves 5

Pallet Wood Floating Shelves 7

Pallet Wood Floating Shelves 2

Pallet Floating Shelves 1

Pallet Wood Floating Shelves 4

Pallet Wood Floating Shelves 9

Pallet wood floating Shelves 8

My favorite part to these shelves is that they still have the nails exposed. I just think that makes it so cool and industrial feeling. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it just adds more character to the space.

Stop by next week and see the final reveal of the bathroom, including the before photos.

DIY Rustic Bathroom Shelves


DIY Rustic Floating Shelves

DIY Rustic Floating Shelves


DIY “WASH” Sign for Kids Bathroom

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14 Responses

  1. Drool worthy! I not only love your crafty skills, but your final product is gorgeous? Your styling of the shelves is perfect!

  2. What a great project, they look great! I’m looking forward to seeing more. Have a great evening, Kelly.

  3. Your shelves turned out really nice, and your shelf styling is wonderful, as always. Also, it’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who snags a great find and then waits months before I actually do anything with it. 🙂
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  4. Hey Deb,
    Those are some nice uses of wooden pallets and a great idea. I have never thought of something like that but you seem to be the queen of decor 🙂 Thanks a lot for sharing the inspiration, will think of using wooden pallets in something similar.


    1. Thanks Cindy! Good luck, such an easy and affordable way to add rustic shelves any where in the home.

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