Rustic Hanging Shelf Tutorial

To continue our rustic master theme from our bedroom, we are spreading the warmth into our bathroom.  I took some scrap wood from our wood wall to make some beautiful rustic shelves to add some organization in the bathroom.

To make these pretty shelves you’ll need the following materials:

  • wood {I used one 6″ wide board and one 4″ inch for each shelf, measuring about 3 feet long-one shelf is a couple inches longer than the other}
  • rope {I used 1/2″ inch thickness}
  • eye hooks
  • straight bracket
  • drill
  • 2 L brackets per shelf

Step 1: stain your wood.  I used Minwax Special Walnut {the same stain I used in our bedroom here, here, and here}.  Next, we secured our wood pieces together with wood glue and clamps.

Once those dried, Mike drilled some straight brackets on the backs to give the boards a little more security.

We drilled holes into the boards where the rope will go through.

To secure them to the walls, we drilled eye hooks into the walls.  We tied the rope through the eye hook, down through the pre-drilled hole in the board, and secured the board to the wall with L brackets.

We tied knots underneath to secure the shelf in place and then did the same process on the bottom shelf.

I accessorized it with the all important items that need to be above your commode {t.p., reading materials, a notepad, candles, towels?, ya just never know…}.

Functional storage that also adds character to the space and carries in the feel of our bedroom.  This project cost us about $14 for the brackets, rope, and eye hooks.

Come back tomorrow to see some updates to our builder-grade bathroom mirror!



I’ve linked this up to HomeStories A to Z and Today’s Creative Blog


  1. These are amazing, great job!! They would look really cool with some wire baskets on them, too;)!

  2. Love how it turned out! I’m co-hosting a link party on Wednesday at I’d love it if you’d come link up with us!

    See you soon!

  3. This looks great! I love the rope, such a great idea. I’d love it if you’d stop by my blog and check out the giveaway I’m having for a Dremel Trio!

  4. oh my goodness how fun and creative and rustic is this?! VERY VERY! I love it all. Thank you so much for sharing and for linking up to Show and Share #2. I hope you are having fun at the party :)

    A mommy’s life…with a touch of YELLOW

  5. I love the rustic simplicity of this! Very creative!

  6. Very cool!!

  7. Deborah K says:

    Awesome shelf and super easy! Thanks for the directions.

  8. wow this is so neat! I love it!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!

  9. We need some shelves and this is a really great idea! It’s so rustic:)

  10. Love how this turned out. BRAVO!

    I wanted to let you know that I’ve got a great giveaway that ends Friday. It’s for $100 to, and trust me they’ve got something I know you’ll love!

    Stop by and enter ASAP. I’d love to see what you would do with their products! See you soon!


  11. L.O.V.E.
    I love it! Maybe this is exactly what i’ve been looking for in our beach cottage bathroom! I’ve got to pin this idea : ), new follower too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  12. The shelf looks good. The rope has added so much beauty to the simple shelves.

    We have a link-up party going on – Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you’d link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

  13. I am in love with these shelves and totally want to try them for myself. I have a TON of reclaimed wood in the garage and my husband would be more than thrilled if I actually used some of it:) Thanks for the tute…I can’t wait to get started

  14. love this idea! It adds such a neat look! Thanks so much for linking up to Tuesday Talent Show! I would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more great projects!

  15. Where did you get the rope? I love this idea and want to copy cat in our living room.

  16. I love this look! what a great tutorial too. thanks!

  17. featured this today on my blog!

  18. Adorei sei blog!

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  20. I am in the process of making these now. Did u use something to secure the wood to the wall?? It seems like they wouldn’t be very sturdy toward the back…

    • Yes, if you read through the tutorial, you’ll see where we added some small brackets under each shelf.

  21. hi, it’s beautiful.
    want to know: why didn’t you take a 10” wide board ? why did you have to glue two board together ? is it better?


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