It has been almost a year since completing our guest bathroom makeover. For the reveal of the room, I used a wooden tray from our kitchen to fill up the blank space above the toilet. I loved the look but it wasn’t practical and we needed the tray in the kitchen. However, I really liked the look of the light-colored wood. So, I used some scrap wood to DIY simple box shelves. (post contains affiliate links, see disclosure)
- scrap wood or 1×4’s
- orbital sander
- 80 grit sanding disc, I love this set
- miter saw
- brad nailer
- 1-inch brad nails
- corner clamps1, helpful but not necessary
- Using the miter saw at 45 degrees, cut 4 pieces of wood at 13 inches and 4 at 10 inches. For my box shelves, I did the measurements at 13×10. Which ended up being the perfect size above the toilet.
- Sand each piece of wood for desired look. I used scrap wood that already been stained, but I sanded until a lot of the stain was gone but left a few dark areas. If you are starting from scratch and want this same look, try Driftwood or Weathered Oak Minwax stain.
- Line up each 45-degree corner and nail with the brad nailer. Continue until all four sides are joined together.
This project was so easy, it probably only took me 20 minutes from start to finish. I spent more time deciding how I wanted it to look and what measurements I wanted. I was able to hang them with drywall anchors and set them on top of the screws.
Decorating above the toilet has always seemed weird to me, like trying to distract from what’s really there. Or making something dirty look cute. However, I realized that something is needed to fill up the blank wall space between the toilet and the window. I didn’t want to add another photo frame or artwork since we have two already. Plus, I was also scared that the glass vases on the toilet would eventually fall and break. So these shelves have turned out to be the perfect solution.
Overall, I’m very happy with how this little DIY simple box shelves project turned out. I used supplies I already had so it was free, it solved the blank space solution, and added a fun detail to this little bathroom!