Want to make one of these DIY Bathroom Shelf with towel hooks for your home? Well, today you are in luck.
Do you remember when I shared with you the recent remodel of our girls bathroom here? Well today I am going to share with you how we made the shelf that holds their towels. This is so simple that anyone can make one.
You will need:
3 foot length of 1 x 12 Pine (or composite wood) (back of shelf)
4 foot length of 1 x 6 Pine (or composite wood) (top of shelf)
5 feet of 3 and 5/8 inch Crown Molding
4 feet of 1 and 1/8 inch decorative molding
miter box saw
1. We purchased a 1 x 12 pine board for the back of the shelf (the part that is flush with the wall). We cut it so that it measured 36 inches (3 feet).
2. Then we took some crown molding that was 3 and 5/8 inches in width and cut it so that the base of the crown molding also measured 36 inches at the inside of the angle that sits flush on the other board. (We cut ours on a mitre box saw(or chop saw)on the crown molding angle setting. The top of the crown molding should measure roughly 40 and 1/4 inches at the outsideedge.
3. Then you will need to cut 2 side pieces. Ours measured 1 inch at the bottom of the crown molding at the edge of the inside angle. The top measured 3 inches at the outside edge of the molding.
4. Now take the 1 x 6 board (FYI–technically it is called a 1 x 6 but in reality it measures 3/4 by 5.5 inches)and cut it to measure 45 and 1/4 inches (this allows it to have a 2.5 inch overhang around all edges of the shelf.
5. Attach it to the top of your shelf with a few finishing nails along the back edge making sure to center it properly. This will not be very sturdy, but strength will be added after attaching your crown molding.
6. Now place the long strip of crown molding on the flat board at an angle and make sure that the top of the crown molding 2.5 inches from the edge underneath the top shelf. (In the picture we have removed the top board to show how the crown molding should connect together…let’s just say we learned how NOT to attach the top board )
7. Check and see if your side pieces fit nicely with the position of your crown molding. Adjust your molding if necessary. It might be helpful to turn the shelf upside down so that you can attach it easier. Then attach the crown molding to the board with a nail gun or a few finishing nails.
8. Take your side pieces and attach them to the shelf with a finishing nail in the top section and anchoring it to the bottom of the top shelf (Be very careful not to drive the end of your nail through the top of the shelf!). You can also nail the bottom of the side pieces into the flat board.
9. For the bottom trim we took a piece of 1 and 1/8 inch of decorative molding and cut it so that it measured 36 inches at the inside edge and the end being cut at a 45 degree angle. The outside edge measurement will vary based on the thickness of the molding you use.
10. Cut 2 side pieces at 45 degree angles so that the inside edges measure 3/4 inches. You may have to eyeball this and see what works best with your particular shelf.
11. Then we simply attached the long piece with finishing nails and then glued the side pieces on with wood glue.
12. Take your painter’s caulk and fill in the cracks on the long edges and seams. We used painter’s putty on the corners of the crown molding so that we could sand it into a nice finish and hide any cutting or attachment errors.
13. After the putty dries, sand the edges so that they are nice and smooth. Wipe off excess dust with a damp cloth and then prime and then paint it your desired color.
14. Attach your hooks. Be sure and center them where you need them based on how many you need. We purchased our hooks at Lowe’s.
Whew! That was a lot more technical and difficult to explain than the actual process. Just be sure to check and double check before making any cuts. These measurements are approximates and are based on OUR particular shelf. The products you purchase may vary slightly so please make note of that.
I would be happy to answer any questions you might have about this shelf and as always, if you end up making one, I would love to see some pictures!