Handmade bathroom Shelf
I love all things handmade and try to stay away from manufactured products, as often as possible. We needed a good storage option for our cabin that would offer space to hang towels and give guests a little area to keep a cosmetic bag or change of clothes. Unless I spent a lot of money, the store bought options were not cutting it. Then I saw these giant bolts at the hardware store and we decided to make our own.
- We used 12 inch x1 inch x 8 foot “appearance board”(Home Depot $20) for the face and top of the shelf. I felt that it came out too far from the wall if the top was left 12 inches, so we cut it back to 10 inches. Then we added 2×4’s to the sides for extra support. We used 2 inch screws to put everything together.
- At Lowe’s, I found the largest bolt I could find with a smooth head and bought six of them(Roughly $3-$4 per hook). You will also need two washers and two nuts for each bolt. The ones I used are 6 inches long.
- I used the same chalk paint and top wax coat that I had used on the bathroom vanity, two coats of paint and then the wax coat.
Add the bolts after you are done painting and paint / wax has completely dried.We hung the shelf with two inch screws directly into the studs in the wall – it’s not going anywhere. If you try this, use a level to make sure you get it straight. The finished product has an cool industrial vibe and it’s super functional!
Here’s a great example of salvaging what most folks would have thrown in the trash. We had some really ugly old doors in our cabin that made the inside look drab. The easiest approach would have been to purchase off the shelf interior doors at the hardware store. These are white, cheap and hollow. Instead, I sanded, painted and added trim to each door. This a such a nice upgrade, far better than the “new” approach.
- I started by removing all the doors and applying citristrip (a non toxic stripping agent Home Depot $6), then scraping and then sanding. I used a small palm sander. I was then ready to paint the first coat of high gloss trim paint in white. Use a roller to apply paint to avoid brush strokes.
- Once that was completely dried, I lightly sanded again just to make sure the surface was smooth. Then we added the decorative trim to the outside of the closet doors and to both sides of the bathroom/bedroom doors. This took time and we had to be really careful to get the measurements/placement on the door correct. The trim comes in 8 foot sections and each door took about 2.5 pieces. Another option would have been an outline only of the door but I preferred the two box look. The picture above is the closet door with two sections…which is why we did four boxes. We attached the trim using wood glue (gorilla glue for wood).
You can see here it really changed the feel of the entire cabin. We went from dark cabin to airy cottage….