I absolutely love these DIY box shelves. They are easy to make, great for organization or display, and a unique statement piece.
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I love organizing and decorating.
And it’s a good thing I do, because I feel like I am pretty much always organizing, decorating, or rearranging something – be it a closet, drawer, room, desk, etc.
I like everything to have its own place in the house. It never ceases to amaze me, though, how quickly things multiple, which often results in items laying around with nowhere to go. How does that happen?! Does this happen to you, too?
Well, if you are anything like me, then I have good news for you – times two! I have teamed up with 30+ other bloggers for a monthly blog hop, which starts right now. Every month we will be bringing you projects based around a specific theme, and this month, the theme is DIY organization.
Let’s get started then, shall we?
Like I said earlier, I like it when everything has a place in my house. Let me just tell you, that has not been the case in our guest bathroom for months now. Our guest bathroom, or hall bath, is the one that both of my kids use and my husband use. Yep, that’s right. I pretty much get the master bath all to myself. Ha!
We live in an older home, so the bathrooms, including the master, are fairly small. We have minimal counter and cabinet space in all of the bathrooms. Before we had kids, my husband moved his stuff to the hall bath, so that we weren’t in each other’s way while trying to get ready in the morning.
This arrangement actually still works for us, since he and I both shower and get ready in the morning, while the kids bathe at night. The problem for the past few months has been organization. We used to have a tall metal rack in the bathroom that held all of my husbands toiletries. When my youngest started pulling up on things, though, the metal rack full of bottles – including glass cologne bottles – had to go. So, all of my husband’s toiletries got thrown into a heap in a basket, which has been sitting on top of the toilet ever since.
Well, these DIY box shelves have finally given us some organization in that room once again. And I have to admit, that I totally love it!
Here’s how to build your own DIY box shelves:
Step 1 – Cutting
The first thing you need to do is cut your boards down to size. The width of my shelves was based on the size of the wall I would be hanging them on, and I determined the height by using one of the tallest toiletry items and adding a couple inches onto that.
Then, we cut each board to the appropriate size using our miter saw. I had 2 boards at 34.5″, 2 boards at 22.5″, and 4 boards at 11.5″. This gave me one shelf that was two feet wide and a second shelf that was 3 feet wide.
You could make your shelves whatever size you wanted though.
Step 2 – Staining
The next thing to do is stain the boards. I used my favorite stain, which is the Minwax Wood Stain in Provincial.
Simply brush the stain on with a foam brush, making sure to cover the whole board. Then, wipe the excess off with a rag, and let dry. Once dry, flip the boards over and do the same thing to the other side.
I only did one coat on mine.
*The more coats you put on, the darker the stain will be.
Step 3 – Nailing
Now it’s time to put them together.
You will want the long boards to go on the inside of the frame, and the short boards to be on the outside. So, the end of the long board will attach to the face of the short board, and you will be putting your nails into the short boards.
Before nailing, I ran a thin strip of wood glue along the ends of the longer boards just to help reinforce the hold.
We put three nails into each side.
Step 4 – Sinking the Nails
If you don’t want the nails to be visible on the outside of the shelves, then you will need to sink your nails into the board.
Place a nail set on top of each nail, and gently drive the nail down into the board a bit further with your hammer.
Step 5 – Filling the Holes
Then, using a fill pencil that matches your stain, simply fill in the holes, and wipe off the excess.
Step 6 – Attach the Hardware
We chose to further reinforce the shelves by adding corner braces to the back of each corner. This step is optional, but will definitely help add to the durability of your shelves.
Then, you can add the L- brackets for hanging.
Step 7 – Hang and Organize
Finally, you are ready to hang these beauties on the wall! We used drywall anchors and screws in order to ensure that the shelves would stay safely on the wall.
What do you think?
Edited 08/27/2020 –
These shelves were so helpful for organization in our small guest bathroom, but we actually didn’t have a need for them in the bathroom of our new home. So, now they reside in our laundry room.
I still love the look and the versatility of them, even 1.5 years later.
Be sure to check out all of the other organization projects that my super talented friends have come up with.