Storage space was a big issue when moving into our Florida cottage fulltime. We were downsizing from 3600 square feet to under 2000. Needless to say, we had to declutter our lives and make the adjustment to smaller spaces. Our master bathroom was a good example of a significant adjustment to a smaller space. We were losing a linen closet. Everything needed to fit under the sinks or on the set of shelves we had just put up in a niche on the wall (those shelves created a great place to store towels and I used two large baskets to store our stash of toilet paper and facial tissues). See photo below:
|Shelves in niche for towels and baskets|
The bar is a solution to hang dry laundry. Our washer and dryer fit in a very small laundry closet, so this is the only space we could come up with for this purpose. The bar is removable, so I can take it down when not in use.
Still on the lookout for more storage opportunities - I came up with the following. Originally, we had hooks on the wall to hang towels and my bath robe, but I wasn't crazy about how it looked. I felt like we could make it look better, all while adding a little more functionality (integrating the hooks within a shelf to allow for even more storage). Here is the plan I dreamed up in my head. The orange bars in the graphic below represent the hooks.
|Plan for Cottage Style Shelf|
It's actually even more simple than the plans seem to indicate. See the below photos - it's just two pieces of wood and a couple shelf brackets. I was able to go to Lowe's and have them cut the wood boards to the lengths I wanted, and I found the pre-made shelf brackets there as well. That's it for cutting - no need to do any more cutting at home.
- 1x8 for top of shelf
- 1x8 for back of shelf
- 2 shelf brackets (These were from Lowes)
- 4 Hooks (I think I bought these at Target years ago)
- Primer & Paint
- Wood Filler
|Painted Shelf Pieces|
I pre-primed and painted the shelf pieces. (Two coats of primer and two coats of paint.) I knew I would have to use wood filler and touch up the paint after attaching the pieces with screws and mounting it to the wall, but that was OK.
|Painted Shelf Brackets|
Screws were the only other items I needed to complete this project. In my miscellaneous jar of screws, I found some long flat heads. The flat heads were important as they would enable us to counter-sink them a bit, so I could fill in with wood filler over top of them and hide them altogether. We drilled pilot holes for every screw so that we didn't have any issues with the wood splitting.
STEP 1: Installing the brackets to the back of the shelf piece. I used four screws to mount the brackets to the back-plate of the shelf. (two through the back of the shelf going forward into each bracket, being careful not to poke through the front of the brackets).
Next project on the master bathroom - replacing the large plate glass mirror over the vanity area with oval tilt-style mirrors, and painting the whole bathroom a soft blue that matches the quilt in the master bedroom. The soft yellow paint is pretty, but there is a lot of it in the house and I have wanted to break it up a little more by painting the master bathroom. Another project for another day...