Rustic OTJ Bathroom Hanging Shelf

Rustic Bathroom OTJ Shelf

Hi Guys,

I don't know about you, but this last week has been extremely busy here with projects. We've been doing a lot of painting around the house and our main floor bathroom was the room that just got done. The bathroom desperately needed a fresh and warm look. However, the one little task of turned into many more projects. Not only did we repaint the walls, we also refinished the light fixtures over the vanity and the accessories too.

On top of all that, I wanted to add a little more storage space over the toilet. The wall space over the toilet seemed bare and needed a little something to catch your eye. Which brings us to this weeks build, the Rustic OTJ Bathroom Hanging Shelf. The great thing about this shelf is it's open shelf concept which doesn't make it seem bulky and allows you to add decorative pieces on it.


Here is how the bathroom turned out!

Repainted Bathroom


The spray paint used for the light fixtures and accessories in our bathroom is Rustoleum's Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze. 

Here is how it turned out. (Don't mind the smudge, I took this photo before washing the sawdust off my hands). These fixtures were originally chrome, but did not suite the space. 

Repainted Light Fixtures with Rustoleum Metallic Oil Rubbed Bronze


Continue on to read on how to build the Rustic OTJ Bathroom Hanging Shelf

Have Fun & Happy Building!


Make sure you read through the instructions and look over the plans fully before you start your project. Check out the “Before You Start” page for more on tool information, tips & tricks. Always stay safe and wear all safety protection. It is always best to make your cuts as you go and as they say, measure twice and cut once. 

If you have any questions just ask away! 


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Shopping List

1 – 2" x 4" x 8' 

1 – 2" x 6" x 8' 

2 ½" Wood Screws 

Hook & Wall Plugs 




Cut List

2 – 2" x 4" @ 40" - SIDES 

3 – 2" x 6" @ 21" - SHELVES 

Tools Needed

Mitre Saw


Mitre Saw 


Drill & 3/8" Drill Bit 






Wood Glue 


Wood Filler (stainable)





Measuring Tape


Shop Towels 


Paint Brush 


Safety Glasses 


Ear Plugs 




Prep Work 


Cut your boards down to size and give them a good pre-sand with 80 grit sandpaper to remove any imperfections.  


Drill 3/8" holes into the top of the 2 SIDES using the following measurements:  

2" down from the top and 1 ¾" from the side (this will center the hole) 





Use Wood glue and 2 ½" Wood Screws to attach the SHELVES to one of the SIDES. 

The Bottom SHELF will be flush with the bottom of the SIDE and the remainder will be spread out with 12" in between each board.  



Next, attach the second SIDE board. Use the same measurements as you did to attach the SHELVES to the first SIDE board. 



 The Finish 


Now it is time to give the shelf a finish sand using 220 grit sandpaper to ensure boards are all smooth.  


Once the boards have been fully sanded, apply your stain and polyurethane as per instructions.  


When the Stain and the Clear Coat have dried, attach the rope to the shelf. 

Place the rope through the holes on both SIDE boards and tie a knot in each end to keep it in place.  



Hang the Shelf 


Attach the Hook to the wall using proper Wall Plugs to ensure that they will hold the weight of the shelf.  

Hang the shelf by the rope over the hook. 

I hope you had fun will this build. Share your project and let me know how it went! 



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