DIY Industrial Shelves for the Bathroom

Good Morning! Hope you all had a nice Memorial Day holiday yesterday, It was a mellow, but productive day for our family.

A while back I ordered some industrial shelf brackets for our guest bathroom, and they finally arrived last Thursday. So, I spent some time this weekend preparing the shelves and installing them in the bathroom. Coincidentily, this is the same bathroom where I just recently hung my beloved metal toilet sign.  I was waiting on the shelves to “finish” the space, so I’m pleased to say the bathroom is done…for now, anyway.

diy industrial shelves in bathroom

Here is how the bathroom looked before our DIY industrial shelves. See that big blank space over the toilet?  I was trying to decide between art work and shelves for a while, and the shelves won out.

diy industrial shelves for bathroom

I purchased some 6″ shelf brackets from DVAMetal on Etsy.  I just love this bracket style, and I searched all over for ones that looked just like these, but I kept finding ones that were either too deep, or way too expensive.  These were just perfect for bathroom shelves, and pretty affordable, too!

industrial shelf brackets

Source: DVAMetal

I bought a 12″ wide pine board from Home Depot, and we cut it down to two 24″ long by 6″ wide pieces. Instead of staining them, I decided to use Miss Mustard Seed’s dark antiquing wax, which I already had on hand. I really like the subtle antique color that the dark wax creates, and it also provides a nice protective coat, as well.

antiquing wax

Source: Miss Mustard Seed

I used standard screws (with anchors) and small washers to install the shelf brackets. One tip I want to share is that it looks much better if you spray paint your screws and washers before installing. I used Rust-Oleum’s Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint that I picked up at Home Depot, and just gave a quick spray to the washers and screw heads. You could also just use black, and they would look great, too.  The screws and washers were dry and ready to use in about 30 minutes.

oil rubbed bronze spray paint

I’m very happy with the way our DIY industrial shelves turned out, and it finally fills out that blank space above the toilet.  On to the next project!

industrial bathroom shelves

picasso quote sign


By | 2017-06-21T10:01:46+00:00 May 30th, 2017|Bathroom, Decorating, DIY Projects|3 Comments


  1. Jennifer Dawn June 7, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    The shelves are fantastic! They add a lot of interest to the space not to mention additional storage. I’m featuring your DIY project at this week’s link party. Have a great week!

    • mwelsh June 11, 2017 at 9:59 am

      Thanks Jennifer! I’m really happy with the way they turned out. Thanks so much for featuring me at your link party this week!

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