Let’s build some shelves! {In an hour! With scrap wood!} from Thrifty Decor Chick

Let’s build some shelves! {In an hour! With scrap wood!} from Thrifty Decor Chick


Hi there my mates! I tackled a rapid Do it yourself shelf job the other day working with a strategy I have perfected more than the several years. Now I am ready to throw them up super rapid. And I only utilized scrap wooden from the garage way too…so it was free of charge and only took me about an hour to make. 

That’s what I contact a productive task! 

adding wood shelves in small nook

They are straightforward to create on an open up wall, but even much easier and far more durable on a few walls like the kinds in our rest room previously mentioned. 

I had an idea to incorporate them to our water closet in the grasp. This space is small — much scaled-down than what we experienced in the aged household. But I like owning the separate area! 

It truly is constantly felt cramped, in particular with all the things — basket for extra tp, trash can, a book or journal on the back again of the rest room (just currently being actual below). I had an plan to get stuff off the flooring and establish some shelves higher than the bathroom: 

adding shelves above toilet

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Like I said, I’ve carried out this so several times it really is a really straightforward and rapid challenge for me. I sorted by all of the scrap wood I experienced in the garage and located pieces that would do the job correctly. 

Initially action was obtaining the appropriate sized help pieces. Make absolutely sure they are stage and screw them into studs if achievable: 

adding shelves in water closet
Make absolutely sure to use a amount to verify the pieces as you install. For shelves like this that will never be holding substantially weight at all, I have been known to toss some screws into just the drywall. But get as many into studs as you can. (Trace: the corners are usually a great wager.)

Normally I would use a piece of trim the entire duration of the back again wall, but I was applying what I experienced. If you really don’t have the comprehensive size it will be great. 

Following up, set the major of your shelf on and nail it into the supports: 

simple DIY floating shelves

Then cut your entrance trim to match and nail that in too: 

floating shelves tutorial

I experienced just more than enough of this stuff that was by now stained from another undertaking. Best!

I constructed my second a person the actual same way. Now you can be done with the developing if you would like…

Installing shelves above toilet

Or you can add a piece of wood to the base to address the supports. If you use a total size of supports along the back again and sides (and stain or paint them), I don’t believe it truly is often essential to add something on the base. 

But if you want a much more concluded glance, you will want it. Turns out I experienced a lot more scrap that was the perfect sizing for the underside. It truly is exceptional that a task will come collectively so perfectly for me. 🙂 

The key to setting up these thick floating shelves is producing confident your supports are the right dimensions. You may have the supports, as well as your wooden on prime…that will need to be the similar dimension or lesser than the trim you insert to the front. And if you want to increase a base piece, the thickness of the support, prime and bottom need to be fewer or the similar as your trim on the entrance. 

This is so all you see from the entrance is your clean up trim — not any edges. Hopefully that can make feeling! Which is the trickiest part of all of this but following that it can be a speedy project. 

I prepared to paint these till I observed that stained trim (Provincial by Minwax) for the entrance. I went with that (staining is SO much more quickly in my impression) and then a coat of polyurethane.

When all was dry I included some accessories — how sweet is it in there now?: 

Decorating shelves in bathroom

I created that “wash your fingers” signal — copy and paste it if you would like to use it! (If you have to have the full file measurement truly feel cost-free to email me): 

wash your hands free printable

Click on on that impression and then conserve it from there. 

Even though I was performing on this room, I did a little something else I made use of to do a whole lot — took down the doorway! Guy, I won’t be able to inform you what a variance it created in in this article! SO a great deal more home! 

I wish I would have imagined forward and just experienced this cased out with no door:

Wood shelves above toilet water closet
You can see how I cover the place the hinges go in this post as nicely. It will make the door rather seamless, like the doorway was in no way there. 

I’ve under no circumstances set up cabinets above a toilet mainly because I have generally assumed they would interfere with sitting. But these are only 8 inches deep so they do not even stick out as far as the tank:

Decorating wood shelves in bathroom

With the more area in below and these really additions, I search ahead to viewing the toilet. 😂

I also modified out the gentle bulb in in this article to a daylight edition as a substitute of incandescent. I enjoy them for spaces with no pure light-weight — they get rid of the yellow forged and make issues so substantially brighter. They aren’t for each room, but in spaces like this I Love them. 

Let us look at the right before and immediately after! Here’s the little place prior to: 

Take down door in small room for more space

This kind of very simple updates, but they manufactured a Massive variance!:

Wood shelves in small toilet space

These were being speedy and uncomplicated to develop — I had them up in an hour and with stain and poly I was at about 90 minutes of do the job. Floating wood cabinets would be a wonderful newcomers task! 

Have you experimented with this Do-it-yourself venture any where in your property? They are ideal in a small place like this.

Let's build some shelves! {In an hour! With scrap wood!} from Thrifty Decor Chick

Let's build some shelves! {In an hour! With scrap wood!} from Thrifty Decor Chick

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