How To Build A Rustic Wooden Wall Shelf In No Time At All! | Awesome Home Ideas

You know we always need more space in the bathroom for our extra towels, bathroom tissue and sometimes a candle or two. I will show you how to make this wonderful addition to your home decor in very little time! It’s true, renovation ideas can seem formidable to those of us that have never undertaken tasks like this.Let me rid you ofyour fears and let you know right now. When this is over you will wonder why you didn’t do this sooner!

Depending on the size of your bathroom you will be able to determine how big your wall shelf will need to be. You don’t want a huge shelf that’s in the way when you try to take a shower right? Measure up and let’s get started on this DIY rustic shelfproject.

So how do youmake rustic wood? Well, it’s really easy – we damage it ourselves. You read that right, get out your hammers, iron bars and get to beating the supplies up. Just enough to make nicks and indentations though, we do not want the wood to split we just want to make it look distressed like it has been around forever. After thats over we canmeasureand cut our wood and plywood and it’s time to get them together.

I use glue one of the 28 1/2 boards and then set the 24″ board on top of the glue. Then I reinforced itwith 2″ nails.By the time you finish getting the boards together it should be in the shape of a U. Next turn it over and put more glue on both ends of the U and put the 25″ board across the top leaving 1/2″ hanging on each side.

Now it’s time to turn it on the floor and fit the shelves in. So, secure using the 2″ nails. Then, put the plywood behind the shelf and using 1″ nails. Make sure youfasten the board securely, thenturn it over and install the cleat. This will help fasten the unit to the wall.

The tiresome activities are done, well almost done hahaha! Time to sand the rustic wood shelves and prepare for staining after you’ve completed that part. So let it dry for about 24 hrs (take a break from the home decor duties) and when that’s done apply the polyurethane (this is a resin that protects the wood finish).

We can now tackle the towel bar by putting together the galvanized piping. Center the bar at the bottom of the cabinet and secure with 1/2″ screws. Then, you canmount your shelf unit and it’s ready to use. Kudos! You have completed (what was I hope) a great DIY project all by yourself! I hopeyou enjoyed this tutorial!

Measuring the lumber for shelving | rustic craft ideas

Measuring the lumber for shelving | rustic craft ideas

I pulled out the lumber to measure and create the pieces needed for my rustic wall shelf.

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Assessing the width I will need for the back of the rustic wood shelf.

Assessing the width I will need for the back of the rustic wood shelf.

I will be using this piece of plywood for the back of my rustic wood shelf. It has to be cut in the direction of the grain, another tip: The wider the plywood, the sturdier your unit.

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Time to cut the measurements up

Time to cut the measurements up

Now that I measured everything correctly, I am cutting the pieces up and then I will start putting it all together.

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This is what I have to work with for the wall shelf design | rustic craft ideas

This is what I have to work with for the wall shelf design | rustic craft ideas

If you are doing this craft alongside me, then your wood pile should now look exactly like this for your diy rustic shelves project.

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Rustic wall ideas for creating your own vintage distressed wood look!

Rustic wall ideas for creating your own vintage distressed wood look!

It’s the most fun I had on this diy. I will be distressing my own lumber for any rustic wall ideas I might have going forward! All you need to do is use a hammer and an iron bar and pretend to play the drums!

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Starting to make the frame for my vintage rustic decor.

Starting to make the frame for my vintage rustic decor.

I applied some glue to the wood and started securing the ends together with the nails. Using nails in addition to glue will help enhance the resilience of the frame for the rustic decor shelves.

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Flip the wood over and you should have a letter U shaped frame

Flip the wood over and you should have a letter U shaped frame

Ok my fellow personal home decorator – now that we have our U shaped completed, it’s time to get the top part of the wall unit.

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Putting the first shelf into the frame | diy home decor blogs

Putting the first shelf into the frame | diy home decor blogs

Some of the diy home decor blogs that I have read, shows that they put the back of the cabinet on first and then install the shelves. I prefer to put the shelf in first and then take care of sealing off the back.

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Second shelf installation on my wall unit

Second shelf installation on my wall unit

So we got the second shelf in with no problem and everything is all nice and even. I will get the back piece now to finish off the (wood) assembling of this project.

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Securing the plywood behind the shelf with nails.

Securing the plywood behind the shelf with nails.

This is going to take a little time and patience. I want my rustic bathroom cabinet to stay on the wall and not have any mishaps due to poor technique, so I am going to work my way down each side with small nails to make sure that backing is nice and snug.

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Ta da!! All pieces are have been put together and here’s our finished shelf.

Ta da!! All pieces are have been put together and here's our finished shelf.

The worst is over and now we will start sanding (the worst is over after this promise). We are sanding because we want the stain to sit nicely on our wooden diy shelf. Let’s do this!

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Using a penetrating wood stain in honey 272

Using a penetrating wood stain in honey 272

Take your time and stain the shelf properly, the more evenly you apply the stain the better the end result will be. This has to dry for about 24 hours after you’re done staining it, so catch up on your reading!!

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Applying the polyurethane after stain dried

Applying the polyurethane after stain dried

The fumes might make you a bit light headed, so wear your mask and gloves while getting this task done, I put two coats of resin on this project, so yeah, this has to dry too (4-6 hrs).

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Center your towel bar on the bottom of the cabinet

Center your towel bar on the bottom of the cabinet

Flip the rustic wood shelf over and center your assembled towel bar on it. You want to make sure that it’s dead center so the weight of the bar and towel is even and the whole finished look isn’t lopsided.

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Secure towel bar with a power drill and hang your project up!

Secure towel bar with a power drill and hang your project up!

I used my power drill to quickly get those screws in and finish the job in record time. This wall cabinet is ready to be mounted to the wall cleat and utilized by the family.

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