I used a 6 foot long piece of 1"x12" pine, cut in half for two shelves. We choose pine because we wanted a rustic/distressed look. I stained it with Miniwax Special Walnut and I tried a trick I read online of soaking steel wool in the stain for a few days to give it a gray-ish tint. I'm not sure if it worked, but I really like how the color turned out. I gave the shelves two coats of stain and three coats of satin finish polyurethane.
Here's how they turned out:
For the brackets I just spray painted plain whites ones from Home Depot with oil rubbed bronze spray paint. The wood and bracket colors match some of the pieces in our family room... I love it when I can use something easy like this to tie the rooms together.
There are still a few more things I want to do in the powder room. Here's the updated list:
Bead board or board and batten trim
Make/buy some art for the wall above the towel bar (I'm excited about an idea I have for this!)
Anyone have any suggestions on whether I should do bead board or board and batten? I'm leaning towards bead board, just because it's easier, but I can't decide.