Rustic Rope Shelves–{Imperfectly Polished}


Hi everyone! I’m Jessie and I blog over at Imperfectly Polished. I am thrilled to be guest posting at CSI Project today! I’m here to share some functional storage that we recently built for our master bathroom. 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. Thanks again for having me, CSI ladies! I would love to have you visit me over at Imperfectly Polished!  

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    Elizabeth August 16, 2011 at 8:28 am

    Love this – love your blog! TFS

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    Kelli August 16, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Those are awesome! I love the rope!

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    Maya @ Completely Coastal August 16, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Perfect for the nautical decor enthusiast!! I just had another version of a diy rope shelf featured. Love the idea!

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    Kerry August 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    I love this idea!! Was there any reason you did not use just one 10″ piece of wood per shelf, instead of the 6″ and 4″?

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    carol Bauman August 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Great looking shelves1

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    Jessie August 16, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Hi Kerry!
    These boards were leftover from a wood wall treatment we did in our master bedroom so that is why we used those wood sizes. You can really use whatever size wood you want!

    Thanks for the kind comments:)


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    Kahli August 17, 2011 at 3:57 am

    This is a great idea! I love how the rustic feel of the shelves works with the gray wall! Great job!

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    Gill August 19, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Love it! Love your style 🙂 x

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    somedaycrafts August 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    This is awesome. I am featuring this at (along with a link to your organizaiton party.)

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    yvonne October 20, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I love it! That’s really gorgeous. I’m so inspired, I can’t wait to make one for my bathroom! Thanks for sharing your creativity! Excellent diy 🙂 Thanks!

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    Rilane June 26, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Great wall-mounted shelf. Can you tell me where did you get this string?

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