This was a project my wife came across somewhere a while back and cannot find it now. Changed it slightly from the original and didn't see it on here so thought I'd share.

Very easy to make and simple materials. Basically some plumping caps, flanges & nipples, and a 2x6x8.

With this, we were able to bring some great wood elements and metal elements in to a very crips and neutral looking master bathroom.

Step 1: Materials


Went to the hardware store and found some very rough looking 2x6s...wanted "character" in the wood. Bought pine because I am going to stain with a special walnut to really make the wood look old and rustic.

Knowing that the shelves where going to be 30" long each and that we needed two I bought one 2x6x8.

I had the hardware store cut the lumber to 30" size.

We toyed with the option of 1x6's but liked the heavier and stronger look the 2x6's have...felt the would give the shelves more of a presence in the bathroom.


Bought 4 galvanized sets of:

  • 3/4" flange
  • 3/4" nipple, 6" long
  • 3/4" end caps

If you are going to have a longer shelve you may wish to be more of each above. Our plan was to have two supporting posts per shelve.

Stain and Paint

As mentioned, I already had some walnut stain laying around although any other stain could work depending on your preference.

I did purchase some Rustoleum Aged Iron and Flat Black spray paint.

Step 2: Prep the Wood

I did sand the wood a slight bit with a medium grain paper and beveled the edges a bit too with it to give it a more used appearance.

Next I stained it, and since it was rather rough to begin with and pine, the stain absorbed quickly.

Step 3: Prep the Metal

My wife, first put a coat of the aged iron to produce the texture.

Then a coat of the flat black.

Step 4: Hang Your Shelves

Hanging was easy for me as the wall was in a great spot with studs lining up perfectly where I needed them.

I was able to secure two screws from the flanges in the studs and I use wall anchors for the other two for each flange.

You could use toggle bolts also and I would recommend ensuring you attach these shelves appropriately as they have some decent weight just by themselves.

I think in total, all materials & supplies came in under $100.


Great shelves! Super quick and easy to do. Went with a grey stain and I like how it turned out a lot. Thanks for the idea!
<p>My girlfriend and I made these shelves over two days. They were easy to construct and install and they look fantastic! Love these shelves great idea. The total cost was ~$100 because I needs a few extras that some people may have around. Aged iron rustoleum paint is no longer stocked at home depot so I substituted rustoleum textured black and it worked great as the base coat under the flat black paint. Shelves were mounted on studs/with 61 pound rated anchors, they feel extremely stable and I don't see any reason they would fail.</p>
<p>They look fantastic!! </p>
<p>Very cool! What kind of hardware did you use to attach the metal to the wall?</p>
<p>Thank you!! I was able to get two screws from each flange into a wall stud...so those are in there very solid and I used wall anchors for the other two holes for each flange. The wall anchors are pretty heavy duty too, so these shelves shouldn't be going anywhere.</p>
<p>Ooo so chic! I love how it looks in your home!</p>
<p>Thanks! My wife continues to play around with what we put on the shelves...something different every couple of days right now.</p>
<p>very niice. how does the wood attach to the nipples? or does it just sit on top?</p>
<p>Thank you. Right now the wood just sits on top...we wanted to give the shelves as minimal a feel as possible. However, you could use something like a 2 hole galvanized pipe strap/clamp...very cheap and you could spray paint it the same as the other pieces. Might be needed if you have kids :)</p>

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