We are completely moved downstairs to our new master bedroom and with the move came more project ideas. The den still has a lot of work to be done so when we exit our bedroom this is mostly what we see. The den floors still look about the same but the walls have been painted and we constructed another wall between the hallway and the bathroom so that it is now only accessible through our bedroom.
I still have some more painting to do in the den and in he hall directly outside of our bedroom, but I decoded to deviate from those projects to address one that was irking me. Our new bathroom which was formally our guest bath has absolutely no storage. You can see the 360° view here from when I painted the bathroom.
We added a wall shelf some ago but it was only big enough to hold a few things like extra rolls of tissue and hand towels for guests. Anyway, now that we are using the bathroom, there was really no place to put our extra linen and toiletries. I started browsing the internet and Pinterest and came across two ideas for more storage. I’d love to bring in a piece of repurposed furniture like the examples below.
I also decided to add a floating shelf. We have these wonderful shelves all throughout our lower level and they have always made it easy for me to display my books, family photos and nick-nacks. When we moved downstairs I cleared this shelf and filled two baskets with our toiletries. This is what it’s been looking like for several weeks. While everything is in the basket it looks cluttered and is not organized to our needs.
The other dilemma is that we had no where to put extra rolls of toilet paper, bathroom linen or anything else. This bathroom has a pedestal sink with no under the sick storage space.
Since I don’t have a lot of experience with building shelves I needed a super easy project. After some Googling, I found an easy tutorial. That helped me construct a shelf in just a few hours time.
Hard at work!!
Building the shelf frame.
Now I have a place to store extra toilet paper. The shelf is even deep enough to put rolls behind what shown.
I now have a place for extra towels too.
I store extra hand towels on the top shelf in a little basket.
Extra wash clothes are on the tops shelf in a little basket as well.
I am still on the look out for a better storage solution for our toiletries. As for now I stuck them in some canvas boxes instead of the plastic mesh storage bins they were previously in. The next task relative to this project is to either repaint the wall behind the shelves or wall paper it. I’ll probably paint it antique white to match the shelves but also give some contrast to the bathroom color.
I am by no means a pro at this painting stuff and building stuff, and I am just learning as I go, but I am so happy with the way this project turned out. It cost me around $20 for the materials and I had plenty left over to make five more floating shelves. I actually used some of the scarps to redo my daughters dresser which I’ll share pictures of soon.
Any new projects or “DIY” moments for you? What is your favorite part of my finished project and why?
11 thoughts on “Floating Bathroom Shelf Before and After”
Very nice ideas of bathroom shelves , thanks !
Hi, I would like to know where your printables are for spray when you go noone will ever know bathroom for air freshners bottles. Im sure I got it on this site. Thank You so very much!
The Proverbs Wife Reply:
October 25th, 2013 at
@anna, I don’t think that was from my site. 🙂
If you are trying to conceal the things on the shelf, you could make doors or a curtain even. Just a thought, depending on what you aren’t happy with. Great improvising in the mean time!
I love the idea of writing messages on the mirror in the bathroom!
The Proverbs Wife Reply:
September 3rd, 2012 at
Me too. It’s a time saver and helps me share messages with the kids and the husband. Plus…no one can claim they did not see the message. LOL 😀