DIY Marble Shelf

The powder room is small. At only about 4' wide and 8' long, with a closet jutting into it, it's practically miniscule. To even be able to fit into the room, a vanity was vetoed for a pedestal sink. It's great for the flow of the room, but offers no storage, and barely a surface to sit a bottle of soap. If you want to set your phone down, or touch up your makeup, you end up having to use the toilet tank as a shelf for your things. Not ideal (or very sanitary for that matter). To gain a much needed horizontal surface in our Powder Room Makeover, we opted to install a small shelf. Take a look at what we made.

Custom Marble Shelf

DIY Marble Shelf
Materials:

  • 1 4" wide x 3' marble shower sill
  • 1 pkg corner brackets
  • Spray primer
  • Krylon gold spray paint
  • 1 tube PL Premium construction adhesive

Tools:

  • Wet tile saw
  • Measuring Tape
  • Drill
  • Level
  • Caulking gun

 

How To:

Measure available space (ours was 18"). Mark and cut marble to length with wet tile saw and diamond blade.

Cutting Marble with wet tile saw
Prime & spray paint corner brackets. (We used Krylon Gold Metallic).

Install your corner brackets as shelf brackets screwing into studs, or using hollow wall anchors. We used black screws as we liked the contrast with the gold, and we have black accents in the room.

Spray painted gold brackets and black screws
Attach marble to the brackets with a small amount of PL Premium construction adhesive, and let dry for 24 hours.

DIY Marble Shelf Complete
The shelf is perfect for holding a few decor items, and a place to set down your phone and lipstick. Now to style it!

Marble Shelf Styledphoto 4
I tried out a few accessories, and decided I really need a piece of art to balance everything. A small print set off to the left side will be perfect .

The bathroom is really coming along now. I will be back with another DIY project later on in the week.

SOURCE LIST:

Materialst:
Marble - Home Depot
Primer - Zinnser - Home Depot
Paint - Krylon Gold Metallic
Brackets - Brass corner brackets - Home Depot
PL Premium Adhesive - Home Depot

Difficulty Level (on a scale of 1-5):

two out of five

Total Cost $25

12 Responses

  1. That shelf is going to be very wobbly unless you have used a really thick corner bracket. A proper shelf bracket with a strut will add a tremendous amount of stability and improve the overall appearance.
    • El Granto
      The shelf isn't wobbly at all and has held up to the test of time.
  2. Love it! What a great idea and love the painted brackets!! Nothing better than Marble and Gold!!! :)
    • I am so in love with black, marble & gold right now!
  3. This looks great Kristen! We have the teeniest tiniest bathroom too so I know how much shelving can help in a space like this!
    • I have dropped my phone in the sink one too many times! Now...to figure out how to disguise extra rolls of TP in the tiny storageless bathroom. Any tips from a fellow small bathroom owner?
  4. The marble shelf looks awesome! I love the gold brackets, I just did something similar in my office with the gold brackets. Great idea.
    • I am in LOVE with the gold. I now want to gold everything!
  5. That is BEAUTIFUL, Kristen! I love how you hacked that shelf into being. And the spray painted brackets are a lovely touch. Gold spray paint is my bestie. ;)
    • Can you believe it, but this is my first time using gold spray paint? Where has it been all my life! This Krylon one was from the swag bag at Blog Podium, and I'm so glad I gave it a shot!

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