Hope everyone had a great weekend! Ours consisted of a trip to Lowe’s and an afternoon of building…who is surprised?? Can’t complain though…the chill of fall is definitely in the air, which means our unheated one car garage-turned-workshop will soon lose it’s appeal as our go-to workspace. So, while the weather cooperates, we’ll be out there trying to finish up a few projects we are determined to do this year before it gets too cold (obviously this means you’re all getting hand built stuff for X-Mas…sorry).
I think I’ve discussed this on here before, but we have 1.5 bathrooms in our house and they are probably the smallest bathrooms ever. You’ve already seen our half bath…
Anyways, now that the half bath is good shape for the time being, we thought we should spend a little time on our “master” bath. I say “master” like that, not because I approve of unnecessary quotation marks (find out more about that here, haha), but because it’s really a lousy excuse for a master bath.
Not so bad at first glance, but it’s definitely tiny and space is limited. There is some storage under the sink and above the toilet, but it wasn’t working for us (imagine various toiletries falling out of that cabinet into the toilet. Yep, that happened.) So the idea for a new storage shelf was born, and the only place to put it was under the window opposite the sink/toilet wall.
Since the shelf had to be the perfect size to fit under the window and still allow the door to swing past it, Bryan designed this shelf on his own (that’s right, this is NOT just a post about us building something from Ana White’s website! Yippee!!) The design was really just based on the idea that we needed a place to store some towels, some toiletries, and some other bathroom necessities. We found a couple woven baskets at Lowe’s to bring some natural texture into the room, and designed the shelf heights/widths around those. We also may or may not have measured the top shelf to hold TP rolls. Hey, might as well make sure they’ll fit! Here are a few detail shots of the building process:
Bryan using uniform spacers to make sure the shelf height is the same on both sides:
If you look closely at the picture below, you’ll see two pocket holes on the underside of the shelf, made using the amazing Kreg Jig…a must for almost every project we’ve ever done.
Here are some of the fancy routed edges:
We used the same stain we’ve been using for everything in our house lately (Minwax Stain in Ebony), and gave the entire thing a coat of satin polyurethane since it’ll be in a humid environment.
Here it is in it’s new home, all dolled up:
And just because I haven’t mentioned Goodwill yet in this post, both of the glass canisters (holding Q-tips and cotton balls) are of course thrifted:
Now that we’ve solved the storage problems, I’d really love to tackle some of the bigger design problems in there. Suffice it to say, the tiling throughout the room is SO bad that it’s driving us both insane. I don’t think we’re ready to do a real project like that, especially considering this is our only shower and a long drawn-out demo involving two amateur DIY-ers could possibly ruin our marriage (anyone else been watching Marriage Under Construction on the DIY Channel? At least we’re not as bad as them…)
Happy Tuesday everyone!