Sometimes Things Just Work Out

Now that the conservatory bathroom vanity is finished we started working on closing in the access area behind the shower.

The area to the left of the toilet, behind the shower, will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.
The area to the left of the toilet, behind the shower, will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.

The conservatory vanity has a rustic style due to the vintage sheathing we removed from the house during the renovation.

The edge of the wall is 4 inches wide.
The edge of the wall is 4 inches wide.

I wanted to extend the look to the barrier in front of the opening by the toilet.

We tacked the 4-1/2-inch wide board to the wall with a pneumatic nailer.
We tacked the 4-1/2-inch wide board to the wall with a pneumatic nailer.

First, Charlie ripped the longest board to face the 4-1/2-inch edge of the shower.  Since the board was not quite long enough we added another short piece at the bottom.

The Kreg-jig holes will be hidden by the wall.
The Kreg-jig holes will be hidden by the wall.

After clearing out the space and collecting the necessary tools, using our Kreg jig we made 2 equal-sized frames which are ultimately going to hold shelving. Since the shelves were going wall-to-wall we drilled the pocket-screw holes on the outside of the side pieces.

The shelving frames are set in place.
The shelving frames are set in place.

The tops and bottoms of the frames were about half an inch smaller than the opening to allow for easy positioning.

The 2 by 4 base is narrower than the board width to create a toekick area,
The 2 by 4 base is narrower than the board width to create a toekick area,
The base is recessed about an inch and a half.
The base is recessed about an inch and a half.

We stacked the boxes on top of each other then slid a 2 by 4 base under them.

The boxes are stacked on top of each other for easy removal.
The boxes are stacked on top of each other for easy removal.

The boxes went all the way up to the ceiling creating a faux wall.

We have enough lumber to make shelves.
We have enough lumber to make shelves.

The next challenge is to cover the back and insert shelves.

Do you have a robe hook near your tub or shower?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

6 thoughts on “Sometimes Things Just Work Out”

  1. Well, I’m not quite following how this is all going to work out in real life but so far it looks good. Oh yes, robe and towel hooks are pretty essential for me.

    1. This project just seems to be working out. Next we need a piece of lightweight luan for the backing. Perhaps it will come together for you when we finish. Jo

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