Liza Greis

Do-it-yourself projects and Home Decor

DIY Floating Bathroom Shelves

YOU GUYS!!! I finally have a bathroom update! Actually, I just finished the whole bathroom after waiting, and waiting for the last thing to arrive. That is a story in and of itself, but the important thing is, it is done! Today I am sharing how I built these DIY floating bathroom shelves above the toilet. This post is sponsored by Minwax :)



I built these shelves the same way I built the shelves for my friends laundry room. I used plywood for the outer part. Normally I would build the shelves and then stain them but this time, after cutting the pieces for the shelves, I stained them first before assembling them. I was worried about getting stain or polyurethane on the gorgeous wallpaper. Unlike with painted walls, I would not be able to do any touch ups.

I used one of my favorite go to stains, Provincial, by Minwax.



Once I wiped on the stain and let it sit for a bit, I used paper towels to wipe off the excess.



Once the stain had dried, I sealed it with two coats of satin polyurethane. I sanded in between coats with 220 grit sandpaper.



Since these shelves were on the small side, I used 2x2s instead of 2x4s to build the support frame. Once it was screwed together, I attached it to the wall making sure to screw into studs. The pieces of plywood were then attached to the top, bottom, and front with a brad nailer.



Normally I use stainable wood putty but since I had already stained and sealed the wood, I used this wood putty.


Look closely. Along the front of the drawer under the jar of putty is a hole that was filled. It is hard to see since the putty blends in so well!


Choose a color that is close to the stain color. It is soft and waxy and goes into the nail hole easily. I used an old rag to buff off the excess. You can’t even tell there were nail holes!



You don’t have to wait for the putty to dry. Once the holes were filled I was able to fill the shelves up!



I love how the towels, baskets, and bins look against the wallpaper! You can read about the wallpaper installation and where I bought it in this bathroom post.



I’ll be photographing the rest of the bathroom to share this week. I am SO HAPPY with how it turned out, even if it took forever to finally get there.


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This post was sponsored by Minwax but all the ideas and opinions are all mine.

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  1. cmt says

    Love the shelves, the wallpaper and the whole arrangement. Really beautiful!! What hole? Seriously. Impressive product. Would be great asset for so many projects that get stained.

  2. Jenny says

    I am writing for a unusual request. Do you have extra of your Shibori Diamonds wall paper that you want to sell? I have a small section of my kitchen (22×88) that I’d love to accent with this amazing wallpaper. I have to buy a full role otherwise, not quite in my budget.