Tuesday, March 23, 2010

DIY Easy Shelves and Brackets

Oh my! It’s been a hectic few weeks. But finally, finally, I get to show the how-to for our simple shelves and brackets we put up in our bathroom.

You could buy these somewhere. I used these IKEA ones as inspiration. But you can build them for cheaper and make it a fun family project also. Or just buy them.  Just Shelf It!

Here’s the before:

Here’s the after:

Here’s the goods…..

Items needed:

1x2, 10 feet long
1x8, 6 or more feet long
wood glue
nails or screws
4 large keyhole hangers

What to do (for 4 brackets and 2 shelves):

Step 1: Cut the 1x2 for your brackets. I cut 4 pieces at 9 inches, 4 at 6 inches, and 4 with 45 degree mitered angles that are 8.5 inches from the longest ends. (I’m not a woodworker, so I’m just using normal terms.) Biker Boy and I used a hand saw and one of those $7 plastic mitre boxes from Home Depot.

Step 2:  We used wood glue and a brad nailer to assemble the brackets. Using a wood chisel, make an area for the keyhole hangers. (We get by with limited tools.)  We used keyhole hangers because there wasn't a big enough area to get our drill through the bracket to screw it to the wall.

Step 3: Cut 1x8 to length. We cut 2 boards at 25 inches long.

Step 4: Sand, prime, sand, and paint boards.

Step 5: Measure carefully, use a level, and drill your holes for the anchor screws to use with the keyhole hangers. Measure carefully. (As in measure at least twice.) Hint…try to hit at least one stud. I used the studfinder (not Biker Boy) to find the studs and my real stud was able to hit one with his trusty drill.

Don’t forget to get your littlest helpers involved. (See how to get little ones involved in home projects here.)

Step 6: Admire. If you’re me……do a Happy Dance. (Especially since I designed the shelves. My mathmatics astound me sometimes. I know…I’m just a novice, but I’m still happy dancing. Thanks for the encouragement!)

Step 7: Put stuff on it. Ours are totally utilitarian. Toilet paper and a basket full of necessities. Yep. Feel free to décor yours however. I tried shells and decory things on the shelves, but decided I liked them plain better. Because really…..it’s the master bath…mostly it’s just Biker Boy and I who use it. And the cat. Yep, the litter box is next to our toilet. (Oh, that’s another story as to why that’s there now. Yuck. Three words…poop eating dog.)

So, let me know….how do you shelve it? Buy, build, admire?

What’s on your shelf?  Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Love the shelves, simple and perfect! Your pup was so cute as he was sitting there admiring your painting skills:)

  2. I love these! I found this post on pinterest and I'm letting the glue dry on my new DIY brackets as we speak! Thanks for the inspiration! They look perfect!

    1. Awesome! Thanks for letting me know. I hope you enjoy the shelves you built!

  3. I know this was posted forever ago but I had to try asking.... one of our dogs looks nearly identical to your dogs and I was wondering if you knew what breed he/she is? Ours is a rescue so I've always wondered about his breed. I wish I could post a picture of him! Lol

    1. Hi! He's a mutt. As far as we know he's mostly wiry jack russell terrier and perhaps some westie. Glad to know he has a twin out there! Does your dog have a pink nose also?

    2. Dash's nose isn't entirely pink but the top half of it is :) I've thought that maybe he was at least part Westie for mine too. Does yours have floppy ears or erect ears? It was hard to tell from the picture. Dash's ears stand up but sometimes he holds them back too. I just couldn't believe how much he looks like yours! I was looking for shelf bracket tutorials and came across my dog's twin. Lol

    3. Too funny! Good to know Ranger has a twin! He's nearly 10 years old, as far as we know, since he was a rescue. The tips of his ears tend to flop over, but he holds his ears up quite a bit. He has the energy of a jack russell and digs like one too, but is short and stocky like a westie. We just gave him a haircut yesterday!


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