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The rustic bathroom cabinet diy how to build a rustic bathroom cabinet

Worried about where to put all those toiletries in your bathroom. Those shower gels, shampoos, soaps that are causing messy look are hard to place in your bathroom. Having a bathroom cabinet can resolve your issue. This not only be space efficient but also will give your bathroom a tidy look. You can get one for yourself from the market but it can be expensive so let me give you an idea to make a rustic bathroom cabinet by your own. Seems interesting! But how? Well the answer is simple follow this tutorial

This step by step easy tutorial will guide you to make your own rustic looking bathroom cabinet which will not just be space efficient but also be cheaper so it saves money also along with the space.

So are you ready to make your own bathroom cabinet?

let’s get to work then!

Material Needed


You will need the following for this project

  • Lumber
    • 1x6”x4ft.
    • 1”x8”x10ft.
    • 1”x2”x2ft.
    • 24”x36” of ¼” plywood
  • A few 2” nails
  • A few 1” finish nails
  • ½” screws
  • Galvanized steel piping
    • One 18” long pipe
    • Two ½” floor flanges
    • Two ½” 90 degree elbows
    • Two ½” close nipple
  • Sanding block
  • Pencil for marking
  • Inch tape
  • Screw driver(drilling machine)
  • Wood glue
  • Stain
  • Polyurethane
  • Hammer
  • Iron rod

These items can be easily purchased from any hardware store or you can buy these online from any website. Good quality material are preferred for making a strong cabinet. You can see online for the best suited material for this project. Buy only from a trusted seller.

Step By Step Instructions


Once you have collected all these item you can begin building the cabinet.

Step 1: Measure, Mark and Cutting the Wood


Using pencil and measuring tape mark and then cut your lumber into following sizes

  • 1”x6”: two pieces 22 ½” long
  • 1”x8”:two pieces 28 ½” long
    • One piece 24” log
    • One piece 25” long
  • 1”x2”:one piece 22 ½” long
  • Ply wood 24”x30”
Step 1 measure mark and cutting the wood

Use a wood cutter to cut the lumber and plywood

Step 1b measure mark and cutting the wood
Step 1c measure mark and cutting the wood

Your will have the following looking like pieces of your lumber

Step 1d measure mark and cutting the wood

Once you are done with the cutting smash your lumber with a hammer and iron rod or your favorite tool to give it a rustic distressed look

Read more tips below or move to the next step.

Pro Tips

  • Use a work bench to secure the lumber so that it doesn’t move while cutting.
  • Always wear safety glasses and goggles.
  • Wear gloves to protect hands from splinters while cutting wood but not near rotating blades where gloves can catch.
  • Use a sharp 2H pencil for proper marking on the wood.
  • When marking a line, hold the pencil such that there is no space between the pencil and the measuring device.
  • If you are using a tape measure, be sure to hook its one end firmly to the wood’s edge.
  • When using a table saw to cut the wood, keep the blade a little high for a cleaner cut.
  • Use small teeth blade to achieve a much smoother edge.
  • If you are still unable to cut the wood in the perfect size, just cut it a little bit oversize, and then trim to the right dimensions.

Step 2: Making the Frame


Take one of the 28 ½” boards & apply the wood glue on its one edge

Step 2 making the frame

Now set the 24” board on top of the end of the 28 ½” board & secure it using the 2” nails

Step 2b making the frame

Now take the other 28 ½” board, apply glue on its one edge and place it in the same manner on its other side and secure it with the nails

Step 2c making the frame

While nailing try to hold the boards erect so that they join in symmetry

You will have a “U” shape like this​

Step 2d making the frame

Now apply some glue on both ends of the “U” and place the 25” board on top of it leaving ½” over hang on each side, secure this by 2” nails on each side

Step 2e making the frame

This side will be the top of your bathroom cabinet

Now lay the frame on its side and take 22 ½” boards & space them evenly inside the cabinet. These will be the shelves of your cabinet

Make sure the edges of the shelves lay flush with the floor.

Step 2f making the frame

Secure them into places by using 2” nails on both sides

Read more tips below or move to the next step.

Pro Tips

  • First, if you are working with hard wood, for preventing splitting a pilot hole must be drilled.
  • To begin hammering, grip the hammer firmly in the middle of the handle - shake hands with your hammer!.
  • Hold the nail between thumb and forefinger and place the it where it is to be driven.

Step 3: Placing the Plywood


Now place the cabinet on the floor with the front side facing the floor.

Place the plywood over the back side

Step 3 placing the plywood

Now secure the plywood to the frame by using 1” nails

Step 3b placing the plywood

Flip the cabinet back over. Now take the 1”x2” piece and insert it into the back top of your cabinet and secure it with using 2” nails. While hanging your cabinet to the wall it can be screwed to the wall through this piece.

Step 3c placing the plywood

Now sand this guy down completely.

Read more tips below or move to the next step

Pro Tips

  • Carefully use power sander on hardwood plywood because while sanding you can sand through the thin face ply and Never use a belt sander on plywood.
  • Nails or screws won't hold in the edges of thin plywood.
  • When nailing into face plies, for getting maximum panel strength space the nails at a 4 inch intervals. Remove the nails by pulling them out straightly . If you pull them out at an angle, you may cause splintering.

Step 4: Staining and Finishing of the Wood


Take an old cloth or brush & apply stain on the cabinet, cover all the sides. Place plastic wrap or cardboard below the cabinet so as to avoid any stains on your floor

Step 4 staining and finishing of the wood

Wait for some time until the stain gets completely dried

Once the stain gets dried apply polyurethane on the cabinet. Applying more than one coat gives more finished look

Step 4b staining and finishing of the wood

After applying polyurethane wait for this to try too.

Read more tips below or move to the next step

Pro Tips

  • Use a dust mask or respirator to protect your eyes and skin while staining and finishing the table
  • Always test stain on a piece of scrap wood before starting on the furniture.
  • For a darker tone apply more layers of stain.
  • It you can mix stain to get a customized color, provided both are from the same manufacturer and both are water or oil-based.. Measure the amounts of each stain used and write it down, so it can be duplicated if needed.
  • The stain only provides color; you will still have to use the finish for better protection.
  • Stir the stain can properly before opening it
  • Before painting plywood fill any gasps by wood filler and then let it dry after that you can apply paint.
  • For protecting the edges from abrasion you must apply wood molding on it while applying molding pre drill holes in it and then apply adhesive after that nail it with finishing nails.
  • Use a good quality polyurethane finish material for long lasting protection of your coffee table.
  • For protection against water and chemicals, use clear finishes.

Step 5: Making the Towel Bar


Now to make the towel bar in your cabinet firstly, arrange the galvanized piping in the order shown below

Step 5 making the towel bar

Now screw everything tightly together in this manner

Step 5b making the towel bar
Step 5c making the towel bar
Step 5d making the towel bar

Now secure this with the bottom of your bathroom cabinet. Place this in the center of the bottom side of your cabinet

Secure this by using ½” screws

Step 5e making the towel bar

Your rustic bathroom cabinet is ready you can now hang this on your bathroom wall and place all your toiletries on this making your bathroom look tidy and sophisticated.

Pro Tips

  • Use a wood drill bit with a centering tip. You can use a twist drill bit for normal holes with small to medium diameter.
  • Always use wood screws. They have pronounced tip and a high incline. Their shank is cylindrical or conical.
  • The bits you are using in your tools must perfectly fit with the screw or else while you are screwing it in the wood the screw may fall
  • For connecting any two pieces of wood with screws, always pre-drill a hole that is 0.5 - 1 mm larger than the screw diameter in the piece where you want to place it. and, you should always pre-drill a hole that is 1 mm smaller in the piece where you are screwing into. This ensures a tight grip

Youtube Video


Here is the link to the source YouTube video that inspired and helped us to write this wonderful step by step tutorial for building this rustic bathroom cabinet.

The video was created and uploaded by The Rehab Life. One of their team members narrates the step by step process in the video.

You can follow them also on Facebook and Instagram and YouTube

Helpful Tips


  • If you have no previous woodworking experience, start with smaller projects like drilling in woods, attaching two wood pieces together, etc.
  • Learn as much as you can about the woodworking craft before you start this project.
  • Use only good quality tools and materials.
  • Be very much careful when using the wood cutter, drilling machine, and other such tools.

As I mentioned above that this tutorial is designed for common peoples who would like to build a rustic bathroom cabinet of their own. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and it was easy and understanding for you. Tell us about your building experience how much you like the project? How it feel like making a bathroom by yourself rather buying it?

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  • April 14, 2017
  • DIY
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