Is your Bathroom somewhere you like to be? No? Make it Gorgeous! Part 2 – Toilet cove.
Now that my bathroom counter and vanity are gorgeous, I had to something about the rest of the bathroom…
As you can see, it was very bland… and again there was no storage. I have an aunt who comes to visit about once a month, and I need some place to put my accommodations for her (tampons, panty liners, etc).
At first, I was using another one of those Rubbermaid storage boxes like I was using for my “Getting Ready Box”, but it just sat on top of the toilet, not looking bad, just, not good…
Solutions? What could I do to make this space prettier, and more usable?
Then the idea hit me, shelves!
But not just any shelves, floating shelves!!
I used this blog as a guide, but I did a few things differently…
Here were my plans, crude I know, but you have to start somewhere.
I needed my shelves to be
- Evenly spaced
- Chunky, but not too chunky
- Accommodate the water shut off panel
- Toilet Paper at the top
Here I am trying to figure out how far down they should go and the masking tape shows where I want the shelves.
To makes this happen I needed the following:
3 – 1×3 furring strips ($1.74 each at Lowe’s) (Supports)
1 – 12in x 10 ft x 1 in board ($27.32 at Lowe’s) (Top of Shelf)
2 – 2×2 sheet of 1/4″ hardwood plywood material ($5.44 each at Lowe’s) (Bottom of Shelf)
1 – 10 foot 1×4 (I already had) (Front of Shelf)
32+ – 2 in drywall screws (plus anchors if needed)
Ok, so first you have to make these E’s.
We measured the space we needed to fill, minus the front board and made E-shaped supports for the shelves. We made Mitre Joints for the outside pieces, but you don’t have to, Butt joints would work just fine…
Glue all contact points together, and let dry.
Then drill pilot holes and screw together. Like this:
Then find out where the studs are inside your wall, and measure and drill pilot holes in the E’s where they will attach to the wall.
(Sorry, I don’t have a picture of that)
Before attaching the E’s to the wall, I needed to stain the boards that were going to show. I wanted the boards to match that picture frame I bought at T.J. Maxx in Part 1 of this bathroom project.
Not bad, if I do say so myself. And it was my first time ever staining anything!
Next, is to actually install the shelves!
We had to partially build them in order to get them in correctly, to do that we just brad nailed the 12in boards to the top of the E’s… we couldn’t exactly get the brad nailer into that tiny space up top where the toilet paper was going to go.
Then, we decided it was just easier to partially build ALL of them first.
After the shelf (with top) was screwed to the wall, I brad nailed the 1/4in plywood to the bottom.
Here is a picture of the second shelf going in… and the top one already has its bottom on.
The third shelf was different because of the water shut off access hole… on this one we had to put the bottom on first and then the top.
Finally the bottom shelf:
Then I brad nailed the front pieces on and POOF, I was done!
Now for decor!
Thanks to T.J. Maxx I got all my decor for a steal!
Beautiful! Gorgeous! My husband said it looked like he walked into a magazine!
So far we have… this and this… I’M IN LOVE!
And on to Part 3, my final segment.