Yesterday I showed you how I staged the floating shelves in our bathroom. They were so popular that today I want to share how we built them! In our main bathroom the toilet was hidden in this nook and I wanted to add some character to this nook for a long time.
I love the look of the metal on wood on our DIY barn door hardware and decided to bring this look into the bathroom.
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I started out by purchasing the following:
-One piece of 1″x1/8″x6′ metal
-Eight 5/16″ hex head screws
-Eight 5/16″ washers
-Elmers ProBond Advanced
-Elmers Wood Glue
First I sanded and stained all of the front sides of the wood and spray painted the piece of metal in “Oil Rubbed Bronze”. Then I put a bead of my Elmer’s Pro Bond on the back of the metal and laid it on the 1″x4″ piece of wood and let it cure for 24 hrs.
24 hrs later it was VERY secure and ready to work with. I loved not having to mess with clamps and having a product that bonded the metal to the wood so easily. There was also absolutely no mess! It was so secure that when we cut it down to size we cut right through the attached metal and wood!
Then we drilled four evenly spaced 5/16″ holes for the faux rivets. The Elmer’s Pro Bond Advanced even held up through the cutting and drilling!
Then it was time for the “faux rivets”. They have absolutely no function and are purely aesthetic. I just used a socket and put each screw through a washer and then screwed it into the wood. I love the industrial look they bring to the project!
Then came assembly. First we cut the 1″x2″‘s exactly to the width of the shelf. Then I used two wood screws on each side to attach the shelf to the 1″x2″ board.
Then I brought the shelf into the bathroom and mounted the shelf to the wall through the side bracket.
Next I mounted the front piece with the metal and rivets using a diagonal screw in the back.
Lastly I put down some Elmer’s Wood Glue before laying the top piece in place.
With a few cute accessories I think they look just perfect. I love the contrast of the dark stain and cold metal and rivets, along side the bright walls and warm colors throughout the bathroom.
If you want to see how I staged them with bathroom necessities check it out here!
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