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Welcome back, friends!

If you’re just joining us, we’re FOUR weeks into the One Room Challenge – this awesome event where amazingly talented home bloggers have to make over an entire room in six weeks.

DIY Guest Bedroom Shelving

We’re tackling one of our guest bedrooms and sinceΒ it’s been awhile, let’s take a look at where we started.


Pretty rough, right?

We began with the absolute blankest of canvases and it’s been SO fun to watch the entire room come together.

Wanna see where we’re at today?

DIY Guest Bedroom Shelving

Before we dive into the details, do you need to catch up?Β 

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The Plant Shelf

The plant shelf was one of the projects that I was most looking forward to. Shocking since I have a black thumb and am still new to this whole ‘plant’ thing.

DIY Guest Bedroom Shelving

I picked up the brackets at Home Depot and we decided to go with a ten inch wide shelf. Since our room is a little over 12 feet wide, Brett had to use the Kreg Jig and screw together two pieces of wood. He made sure the pieces lined up on one of the brackets to add extra support.

DIY Guest Bedroom Shelving


For the stain color, we mixed to gether Driftwood with a splash of Special Walnut. We didn’t want it to be as dark as the floor but using only Driftwood was too light.

Once we had it up, it was time to add the plants!

DIY Guest Bedroom Shelving

Since the plants were so cheap, I could have easily filled up the entire backseat of my SUV. Thankfully, I was able to practice some self control and stopped at six. Since the only window in the room faces north, we don’t get much for direct sunlight; I went with types that can live in darker areas with the hopes they’ll survive for longer than a few weeks πŸ˜‰

DIY guest bedroom shelving

To add some more green (especially in a month or two when I most likely will have killed off the live ones) I picked up a few faux succulents on Amazon.

The Floating Shelves

We had originally planned on making a bookshelf to go next to the corner chair. We had the list and were standing in the aisle at Menards, ready to load the cart with all the wood.

And then we realized this was going to cost quite a bit more than what we had anticipated and wanted to spend.

DIY Guest Bedroom Shelves

We had a temporary ‘oh shit’ moment and then I whipped out my handy dandy mobile phone, quickly pulled up Pinterest and started looking for something else to make instead.

Hello floating shelves.

DIY Guest Bedroom Shelving

All that we needed was two 2×4’s (8′ long), one 1×4 (12′ long) and two 1×10’s (12′ long).Β Perfect!

Brett was able to whip these babies up in an evening and since we already had the stain on hand, it only cost us about $30.

DIY Guest Bedroom Shelving

For the stain, we followed the same pattern as the plant shelf but mixed together Weathered Oak with a splash of Special Walnut.

DIY Guest Bedroom Shelving

The Lighting

Not surprisingly, we had a hiccup with the plans for the bedside lighting.

After putting up the plant shelf, we thought it would look a little odd having a shelf bracket right over the light bracket. Especially since the plant brackets are a dark bronze/black and the light brackets I got were a shiny black.

Thankfully, in walks Option B and the wedding registry strikes again!


These lamps were in our master bedroom and were the perfect fit for this room. The finish is a black/brown which ties the bed frame and the plant shelf brackets together just perfectly.

Last but not least was the overhead lighting. I found this fan at Home Depot for only $74! I wasn’t a huge fan of the light bulb covers so we switched them out for these ones that match the glass on the bedside lamps. A brand new fan for under $100? Yes, please!

DIY Guest Bedroom Shelving

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So what’s left on the list?

  • Install plywood flooring
  • Paint the walls
  • Put together the bed
  • Make/find nigtstands
  • Make a bookshelf
  • Install closet shelving and storage
  • Make the picture ledge
  • Find/make light fixtures
  • Find/make wall decor
  • Put together the seating corner
  • Make over the wood bench
  • Install closet doors
  • Install room door

P.s. be sure to check out the other guest participants by clicking here.

All our best,


36 Comments

  1. Tee @ Beauteeful Living

    This guest room is coming along so nicely! Love the floating shelves! I love having live greenery in bedrooms. Boy do you have a lot here πŸ™‚

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    • North Country Nest

      Thanks, Tee! Yes, this is our first room with so many plants – here’s to keeping them alive πŸ™‚

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  2. Schilly Construction Inc.

    I love the headboard, it goes well with everything else so far. Plants look perfect up on that shelf… Looking forward to the rest of this project!

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    • North Country Nest

      Thank you so much! The bed frame is definitely one of our favorites!

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  3. Jen@jenron-designs

    Oh really love those floating shelves they turned out amazing. I will have to win that DIY for me later on. I can see them in my future!!! You room is looking great! Nice job πŸ™‚

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    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, Jen! You should definitely give them a try – super easy and great for additional storage πŸ™‚

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  4. Jeanie

    I love that plant shelf and the floating shelves turned out beautifully, too!

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  5. Libbie

    You had me at plant shelf!!!! The floating shelves are ahhhmazing.

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    • North Country Nest

      Hahhaa glad to hear there’s another plant lover out there πŸ˜€

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  6. Lora

    You two are shelf making pros πŸ™‚ Love how it is coming together!

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  7. morgan

    they look great. dont forget to water them πŸ˜‰

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    • North Country Nest

      Thanks, Morgan! Can you remind me every week?? πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

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  8. Sarah

    Love the shelving! Everything is turning out so nice.

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  9. tim@designmaze

    wow you are almost done and fab DIY projects too! The bedroom looks so cozy and inviting, especially with the plants too!

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    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, Tim! We’re so looking forward to finishing this baby up! πŸ™‚

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  10. Susanne

    Your plant shelf is great and good luck, I hope your plants live a long and happy life there!! Love the floating shelves too!!

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    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, Susanna! They need all the help they can get πŸ˜‰

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  11. Jessica

    Love the addition of the plants. And those floating shelves are amazing, they look so chunky and substantial

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    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, Jessica! They’re definitely really big and chunky πŸ™‚

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  12. Susie

    Love your shelves. So nice to have two different kinds. Each grouping is special in its own way. Hope your plants love their new home. They surely do look good up there. Can’t wait till the grand finale. This is one special room! XOXO ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

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  13. Jen

    I love those shelves. Great job!!

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  14. Michelle James

    Oh wow!! I love, love the plant shelf!! Very cool! The floating shelves look great as well. It’s really coming along!

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    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, Michelle! It’s definitely coming together πŸ™‚

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  15. Casey

    It looks amazing! I love the idea of a plant shelf – I’m going to need to rig up one of those for myself!!

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    • North Country Nest

      Thank you, Casey! You should definitely add one yourself – you can never really have too many plants πŸ˜‰

      Reply

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