One of my favorite things about DIY projects is that you can make things that look a lot more expensive than they are. I have been eyeing some marble and brass shelving online for a small nook in our bathroom, but they were a bit too pricey (especially when I was wanting a two shelf situation), so I thought I would MacGyver up a situation of my own instead! The great thing is, making them is a lot easier than you’d think!
–6” x 12” marble tiles (you’ll use 2 per shelf)
-6” x 24” wooden board (have the lumber place cut it for you or use a jigsaw to cut)
–Liquid Nails adhesive (use a caulking gun to apply)
-shelf brackets of choice (I used these and painted them gold)
-painter’s tape (optional)
Use some painter’s tape to determine the placement of where you want each shelf to sit.
Paint the bottom and sides of each board (no need to paint the middle of the top) with several coats of paint. Use the Liquid Nails to attach the two tiles side by side to the top of each board.
Attach the brackets to the bottom of each shelf, and then install the brackets on the wall. That’s it!
It’s great to have the extra shelf space in the bathroom, and I love how they turned out! How pretty would these be as open shelving in a kitchen too? With the supplies that I bought the price averages out to about $40 per shelf so you may have thought you couldn’t afford marble shelving in your home, buuuut now you know you can! You’re welcome…xo Laura
Credits// Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman.
Just ordered a tile cutter and gearing up to make these shelves! Just letting you know the link to the brackets isn’t pointing to the right item. 🙂
This looks good, but may I suggest an upgrade? There is no reason to put a wooden piece under the marble (which, in my opinion, leaves a gap that is unsightly). The brackets can be mounted on the wall, and then the marble can be attached using silicon. This gives a much cleaner look.
This project looks so great and minimalist too.
This is great news! I looked at the listing for the tiles before and I didn’t see anything about it being a multi-pack so maybe you can see how I got so disappointed in the price – thanks for the updated info! This does indeed make this a more affordable way to incorporate real marble into cute storage. (Thanks Laura and Aida for the clarification!)
This looks so luxe! Love it!
So so so pretty! I’m a sucker for anything marble.
Love this DIY, saving it for when I have more space!
wow this is beautiful!! x
Just what my bathroom needs!
These are gorgeous. Marble makes things look so fancy. For anyone complaining about the price though(and I’m not arguing because “expensive” is a very subjective term), I think a similar look could be achieved using marble contact paper for a less expensive option. Just a thought!
I love this !! Might invest in this marble shelf and stick it in the bathroom :p xx
Oh, this absolutely will look fabulous on a white/gold living room, just perfect 🙂
Great idea! 🙂
The linked lot is actually for 10 tiles so you could make 5 shelves with it or find other tiles you like locally that will let you buy a smaller quantity. My shelves were about $40 per shelf with the linked products 🙂
Yep, Aida is correct! The linked lot is for 10 tiles so you could make 5 shelves with it or find other tiles you like locally that will let you buy a smaller quantity. My shelves were about $40 per shelf with the linked products 🙂
I completely agree with you Allie. ABM is a great brand, and a wonderful blog, but the pricing for their “affordable DIY” projects is getting ridiculous.
It looks really expensive and I can`t believe that it is that easy to make them on your own!
Great tutorial 🙂
Love it! I’m a sucker for marble and this is lovely!
Looks so easy to complete!