DIY Farmhouse Open Shelving in the Guest Bathroom

Ever since we installed open shelving in the She Shed (see that post here), I have been hooked! I love the look and it’s basically like adding a decor feature your walls because you get to decorate them any way you want.

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The best part about these shelves is how easy they are to build! I measured, cut, stained and assembled these shelves myself. My husband helped me hang them because I needed an extra set of hands to level them. But if a 34 week pregnant lady can do this project then so can you!

Another great thing about this project is how short the supplies list is!

I purchased 1×6 boards from Home Depot to create the shelves. My store had them priced at $9.37 per board and I needed only one to create all 3 shelves.

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I found these brackets on Amazon and they are amazing quality! They even come with all of the hardware needed to assemble and hang the finished shelves.

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For the stain I used my current favorite, Farmhouse Stain by Old Barn Milk Paint.

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To build the shelves, I cut the board into 30 inch lengths and then sanded them down to be smooth. My biggest learning experience from the last time I built these is to stain them before hanging them. It’s much easier to get the stain to be even when you do this before hanging. I use an old tee shirt to stain and it works great to really rub it in evenly without heavy spots. After the stain dried, I assembled the shelf brackets onto my boards. I already had my studs marked and measured on my wall so I could easily assemble the shelf before needing to hang the brackets.

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And lastly, we hung the shelves! We used a level to make sure we were straight and then screwed directly into our studs. I marked them to be right above my toilet and thankfully I had two studs in the right spots for these.

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Decorating, of course, is the most fun and getting to change the shelves out for the seasons will be something to look forward to!

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