So this project was born when I had a mini freakout this morning because of all the clutter in my bathroom. Our master bathroom is really small, so clutter tends to accumulate in there quickly. I’ve been meaning to build some sort of storage solution, but for one reason or another, it kept falling to the back burner.
NO MORE! Organization, here we come!
After my anxiety settled, I went on Pinterest and found some ideas for shelving since there is no space for anything free standing in the bathroom. I decided on some floating shelves.
Here’s what you need:
1 2×3 8′ stud
1 1×4 8′ board
1 1×10 8′ board*1 Sheet of 1/4″ plywood
* I already had an old piece of tabletop that I had leftover from a previous project, but you could totally use a 1×10 instead, so that’s what I’m putting.
To start, measure the area where you want your shelves. Since my bathroom is so small, I decided to do two 24″ shelves that were about 9 inches deep.
I started by making the frame out of the 2×3 stud. I cut two pieces at 22.5 inches (to serve as the back of the frame) and then 6 pieces at 7 inches (to serve as the supports).
I drilled pocket holes into the supports and attached them to the frame in an “E” formation with 2.5″ pocket hole screws. (In case you are wondering, the longest board in the back will attach to the wall and the supports that stick out will hold up the rest of the shelf.)
Next is the plywood for the bottom of each shelf. I had an existing sheet of 1/4″ plywood that was already cut to 48 inches, so I used that and ripped it down to an 8.5″ plank.
I’ve never used the table saw before so it was totally a learning experience! My Dad is really excited that I’m into building stuff, so he recently purchased this DeWalt Compact Jobsite Table Saw for me. (I know, I’m spoiled. Haha) I’ve only used it once, but I already know that I FREAKING LOVE IT! I really messed up the first cut because I didn’t keep it even with the guide, but I learned my lesson and the second time I used it, I cut it perfect! I was so excited.
Once I got the 8.5″ plank that was 48″ long, I cut two pieces at 22.5 inches to serve as the bottoms of each shelf.
For the top of the shelves, I used an existing table top that I had from a previous project, but you could totally use a 1×10″ board and cut it down, depending on how deep you want your shelves. I needed my top to be 8.5 inches deep and 22.5 inches wide, so I ripped it down with the table saw and cut it to length. So proud of myself!
Once I had all my pieces together, I gathered my tools and wood and lugged it into the house.
The next step was to attach the “E” frame to the wall. I used a stud finder to find the studs in my walls so I would know exactly where to screw the frame into the wall. I wanted these things to be as sturdy as possible, so nothing would fall off the walls.
Once I found the studs, I used 3.5 inch construction screws to screw through the frame and into the stud inside my wall. I used my Ryobi impact driver and my ultimate favorite screws, Spax 3.5 in Screws. Spax screws are the bomb. You don’t need to pre-drill and combined with my Ryobi impact driver, they just cut right through the wood like it’s butter.
Side Note: Be REALLY careful where you drill holes, especially in walls where there might be plumbing. Since we recently remodeled our house and took tons of pictures, I had a photo of the bathroom without the drywall, so I knew I wasn’t screwing into any plumbing. Make sure to use a decent stud finder, unless you want a flood!
I also used a level to make sure that it was straight, nothing worse than screwing in a crooked shelf. HAHA.
Once I attached the frame and I felt it was secure, I attached the top board. Make sure that it’s even on all the sides so that everything matches up when you’re done. I used my Ryobi Cordless Airstrike Brad Nailer (the best thing ever invented), and nailed that sucker down into the frame.
Once you have the top on, you can attach the sides. (I did it backwords on the first one and messed it up. Don’t be like me.) Since it was so close to the wall on the left side, I drilled through the frame with a 2 1/4″ wood screw into the left side panel, but the right side, I nailed in with my Airstrike Brad Nailer.
I still need to sand these down and stain them, but I’m still not sure what color to stain them, so I wanted to get your opinion! My walls are a greige color (Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter) and my cabinets are white. I also have a white/beige floor tile.