Wednesday, February 21, 2018

DIY Rustic Shelves

I posted a pic of these shelves in my master bathroom last week, and I received a few requests asking where I got them.  Well folks, I am here to tell ya, I made them and they are super easy!  Like most of my DIY projects, if I can do it, so can you!

DIY Rustic Barnwood Shelves / Midwestern Mama.  Don't have access to old barn wood, no problem!  Grab some at Home Depot and make some of these custom shelves!

I looked and looked for some rustic style brackets, but no stores around here had what I was wanting.  I found these online and they were perfect!

I opted for a grey barn wood--the same wood I used for my jewelry organizer frame--which I purchased from Home Depot.  But, you could easily get any kind of wood and stain or paint it any color your heart desires!



DIY Rustic Barnwood Shelves / Midwestern Mama.  Don't have access to old barn wood, no problem!  Grab some at Home Depot and make some of these custom shelves!

My brain really thrives on symmetry.  I wanted to make all three shelves, the same size and align them directly on top of one another.  However...because we had to reposition the toilet during our bathroom renovation, it sits in kind of an odd space that is closer to the window and not in the middle of the wall.  I was worried if I put 3 symmetrical shelves above the off-center toilet, it would draw even more attention to it.  So, I decided to make 3 shelves of different sizes and stagger them all over the wall.  I do think this adds some interest and distracts your eye from the fact that the toilet is off-center.

You can of course make your shelves any size you want to!  That's the beauty of this project.  Totally customizable.  My 3 shelves were 20", 15", and 13" long.

Materials:
Boards of your choice, cut to the size of your choice.  My 3 shelves are all cut from one 8 foot piece of 1x4 barn wood, purchased from Home Depot.  *TIP* If you know your measurements when you purchase the board, Home Depot will cut it for you!   Saves you a step and also the mess of having to do it yourself!
Paint or stain (optional)
Brackets: 4 pack and 2 pack.  I used 6 brackets total (2 per shelf)
Screws: You'll need 1" wood screws to attach the brackets to the shelves, and also 2" sheetrock screws to attach the shelves to the wall
Drill or screwdriver
Level

DIY Rustic Barnwood Shelves / Midwestern Mama.  Don't have access to old barn wood, no problem!  Grab some at Home Depot and make some of these custom shelves!

My boards were only 3.5 inches wide, so I had to use 2 boards per shelf to get the depth I was wanting.  Run a thin line of wood glue down one side of the board and pressed them together.  Be sure to place them on wax paper or a drop cloth incase any glue drips out onto your workspace.  I used a rubber band to help hold them firmly together while they dried and I also placed something heavy on them (paint cans work great) to avoid any buckling of the wood from the pressure of the rubber band.

DIY Rustic Barnwood Shelves / Midwestern Mama.  Don't have access to old barn wood, no problem!  Grab some at Home Depot and make some of these custom shelves!

Once they are dry, you may want to paint or stain the raw edge.  My boards were grey, so this raw wood was an eyesore.  I just mixed up some brown and grey paint I happened to have on hand, added some water to give it more of a stain consistency, and then dabbed it on the end with a paintbrush.

DIY Rustic Barnwood Shelves / Midwestern Mama.  Don't have access to old barn wood, no problem!  Grab some at Home Depot and make some of these custom shelves!

The brackets I ordered were 4x6, so I aligned the 6" side of the bracket along the underneath side of the 2 boards.  Measure and mark where you want your brackets to be, then screw them into the shelf.  I used another scrap board to act as the wall while aligning my brackets.  This helped me know where to position them on the shelf so there wouldn't be a gap between the boards and the wall.

DIY Rustic Barnwood Shelves / Midwestern Mama.  Don't have access to old barn wood, no problem!  Grab some at Home Depot and make some of these custom shelves!

Now it's time to screw them into the wall!  Depending on what you plan on using your shelf for, you may want to try and get at least one of the screws in a stud.  If you can't find a stud in the right spot, consider using sheetrock anchors for more stability.

Using your level, position the shelves on the wall and mark where you want them to be.  I like to draw a little circle inside the bracket screw hole with a pencil.  You may want a friend to help you with this part.  This is one of those times it would be really nice to be an octopus.  Hold the shelf against the wall while you screw the brackets into the sheetrock.

DIY Rustic Barnwood Shelves / Midwestern Mama.  Don't have access to old barn wood, no problem!  Grab some at Home Depot and make some of these custom shelves!

I was not able to find black screws, but I didn't like the shiny silver screw head.  After the shelves were up, I took a small amount of black paint and dabbed it on the screw so it blended in with the brackets.

DIY Rustic Barnwood Shelves / Midwestern Mama.  Don't have access to old barn wood, no problem!  Grab some at Home Depot and make some of these custom shelves!

All done!  See, wasn't that easy!  And now you have custom shelves, cut to the exact length you were searching for!  Because I know some people will ask, all 3 galvanized bins and the small plant are from Hobby Lobby (I dry brushed one of the bins with white paint so they wouldn't be so matchy matchy), the towels are from Target, and the sign is from Kirklands.

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DIY Rustic Barnwood Shelves / Midwestern Mama.  Don't have access to old barn wood, no problem!  Grab some at Home Depot and make some of these custom shelves!


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