DIY Faux Floating Shelves

Slowly but surely I’m making progress in the bathroom. The painting is done, the vanity is in (for the most part), the new lights and new mirror are up and we’ve added a couple of DIY faux floating shelves.

Add a rustic touch to a small bathroom by installing DIY faux floating shelves over the toilet for much needed storage.

I’d like to give equal time to every project (and stall for time while I finish up the vanity πŸ˜‰ ), so we’ll focus on the faux floating shelves today.

I wanted something on the wall over the toilet, and I needed some storage (this bathroom is teeny tiny), so shelves were the right call. Budget is always a consideration when I do a project and this one was no different. After looking at several options, we ditched the idea of buying pre-made shelves and went with something we could DIY.

DIY Faux Floating Barn Wood Shelves

I had a few small pieces of old barn wood leftover from our Illinois kitchen remodel, so we decided to use that. The biggest issue we had was how to attach the wood to the wall so that they would be sturdy enough to hold some decor and bathroom necessities.

My first thought was to use shelf brackets but the studs were in odd places behind the sheetrock, and we needed to hit them in order to keep the shelves from falling down. We had no idea what to use, so the project stalled until I found these aluminum flat bars at The Home Depot. It was the perfect size and it gave us just enough room to add holes so we could attach the shelf to the wall, and hit 2 studs. 

aluminum rod from The Home Depot

The Home Depot

One $12 strip was all we needed for both shelves, making this project come in way under budget. 

aluminum rod from The Home Depot
It probably took us longer to measure everything and to make sure we knew exactly where the studs were so we could drill the holes in the aluminum strip.

Adding DIY faux floating shelves over the toilet in a small bathroom.All that measuring (and…let’s be honest…a little bit of arguing) paid off because we got them up, level and secure on the first shot.

Adding DIY faux floating shelves over the toilet in a small bathroom for or much needed storage.

There’s just enough space to add a little bit of decor among a few necessities, plus the old wood adds some warmth to the room.

You’re also getting a little peek of the vanity, paint and light fixture. I know it’s not much but I have to do something to get you to come back. πŸ˜‰

How to add a rustic touch to a small bathroom by installing a couple of DIY faux floating shelves over the toilet for much needed storage.How to add a rustic touch to a small bathroom by installing DIY faux floating shelves over the toilet for much needed storage. www.chatfieldcourt.com

Another busy week here. Hopefully we’ll be getting our new furnace before the end of the week. The temps dipped below freezing last weekend and it was very chilly in the house. 

Hope your week is a good one!

We also added industrial barn wood shelves to a guest bedroom in our Illinois house. It’s one of my most pinned projects on Pinterest.

barn wood shelves pinterest 4

DIY Barn Wood Industrial Shelves

 

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16 thoughts on “DIY Faux Floating Shelves

    • Thanks Leigh! I think floating shelves are done a little bit differently than my version, but I really wanted to use that wood (and not spend a lot of money), so we had to improvise. πŸ˜‰

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