I am a huge fan of the rustic decor that has become so popular over the past several years. The Restoration Hardware website doesn’t disappoint, giving me all sorts of ideas. I also came across several great DIY rustic wood shelves on Pinterest.
7th House on the Left has an amazing step-by-step tutorial that inspired me to complete my shelves. When attempting to complete this, definitely check out that tutorial as it is very detailed.
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I got all of my supplies at Lowe’s, but you could likely find the supplies at any big box store. Instead of traditional wood stain, I used the tea and steel wool staining process that I used on my cute bare wood table from IKEA.
DIY RUSTIC WOOD SHELVES
Paint the hardware black.
I spray painted the above galvanized pipes, floor flanges and pipe caps black. I let these dry completely prior to assembling the shelves.
The above is a photo taken after I had brushed tea on the entire board with a chip brush. The photo shows what the board looked like after painting on the steel wool and vinegar. The staining is immediate! If you haven’t tried this process before, give it a go. It’s beautiful.
The color of stain is similar to Minwax Special Walnut. I keep some of the mixture on hand at all times. It makes it very easy to jump into a spontaneous project with bare wood.
This is after completely staining the board. This staining method is a favorite of mine.
How to Hang Wood Shelves:
If at all possible, hang the shelves in wall studs so they are secure.
My shelves were unfortunately not in studs and my space was limited above the toilet, so using drywall anchors to ensure the wood shelves were secure was absolutely crucial.
Securing items for your family safety is important. I had to take a few extra steps with securing our large leaning mirror in our hallway, but it’s totally worth the time!
The completed DIY rustic wood shelves! I made a set of shelves to go in two different bathrooms then later I made more when I did a makeover on my basement/space bathroom.
They are perfect!
These shelves did take a while to complete due to the spray painting of the pipes and wood staining involved. I was required to wait until everything dried before assembling them and putting them in the bathroom…waiting is not easy for me:)
Take a moment to pin this to your favorite Pinterest board!