Bathroom Shelves: Finished

On Thanksgiving Day Charlie and I finished the shelves we began last weekend.

Shelf frames.
Shelf frames.

We had already made the frames.

The shelves were trimmed to be recessed in the frame.
The shelves were trimmed to be recessed in the frame.

The next task was to cut the wood for the shelves.  First we ripped 1/2 inch from the long edge so the shelves would be slightly recessed. Then they were cut to size and lightly sanded.

We used these same shelf supports on the master bedroom shelves.
We used these same shelf pins on the master bedroom shelves.

We measured the placement for the shelves then drilled holes to hold the shelf supports.

The luan fills in the back of the shelves.
The luan fills in the back of the shelves.

We cut luan for the back which we were planning to paint the wall color.

We made 2 identical units to stack.
We made 2 identical units to stack.

Instead we used the “A” side just as it came, no paint or stain, and tacked it on with the pneumatic nailer.

Shelves stacked in the alcove.
Shelves stacked in the alcove.

We stacked the shelves on top of one another.

The display might change from time to time.
The display might change from time to time.

These shelves are meant to be removable if necessary but we put one  screw through the upper section into the wall to stabilize the entire unit.

Sturdy but removable shelves.
Sturdy but removable shelves.

Finally I put a few decorative items on the shelves. Toilet paper will be stored on the bottom shelf.

Before
Before
After
After

We’re feeling pretty happy about how these shelves turned out.

Have you finished a longstanding project?

The Conservatory Bathroom — Almost Finished

Back in January we had a number of projects remaining in the conservatory bathroom.

The shower will be enclosed something like this.
The shower glass design.
The shower glass makes the room seems spacious.
The shower glass makes the room seems spacious.

The shower glass was installed in the middle of last January.

  1. The vanity needs to be trimmed with vintage wood.
    The conservatory vanity will be face with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.
    The conservatory vanity needed to be faced with more old wood and a shelf built on the bottom area.

    The completed vanity.
    The completed vanity.
  2. The same wood will be used to close the plumbing access behind the shower head near the toilet.
    The area to the left of the toilet will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.
    The area to the left of the toilet will be covered with shallow shelves made from vintage wood.

    Working on the shelves to block the plumbing alcove.
    Working on the shelves to block the plumbing alcove.
  3. The plumber needs to check the showerhead because the flow is stifled.
    This showerhead has limited water pressure but the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom are fine. We think some pipe shavings got stuck in the showerhead.
    This showerhead had limited water pressure but the rest of the fixtures in the bathroom are fine. We think some pipe shavings got stuck in the showerhead.

    This showerhead is now working great.
    This showerhead is now working great.
  4. Towels bars near sink and robe hook near shower.
    Towel bars have been hung near the sink.
    Towel bars have been hung near the sink.

    Looking for a robe hook to hang on the board next to the shower.
    Looking for a robe hook to hang on the board next to the shower.
  5. Touch up paint that’s been nicked.

    The paint color in the conservatory bathroom is "Seed" by Valspar.
    The paint color in the conservatory bathroom is “Seed” by Valspar.
  6. Hang a mirror over sink.
    This mirror is a good size but I prefer to use it in the master bathroom.
    This mirror is a good size but I prefer to use it in the master bathroom.

    The over-sink mirror co-ordinates with the rustic look in the bathroom.
    The over-sink mirror co-ordinates with the rustic look in the bathroom.
  7. Hang a cabinet over toilet.
    The walls over the toilet need a small cabinet.
    The walls over the toilet need a small cabinet.

    The chart fits well above the toilet instead of a cabinet for now.
    The chart fits well above the toilet instead of a cabinet for now.
  8. Hang photos of the source of vintage wood.
    This diagonal sheathing which we removed from the house is being repurposed in the conservatory bathroom.
    This diagonal sheathing which we removed from the house is being repurposed in the conservatory bathroom.

    The house during demolition photos are hung in the bathroom because we used that wood to finish the vanity and shelves.
    The house during demolition photos are hung in the bathroom because we used that wood to finish the vanity and shelves.
  9. Find a rug for in front of the sink.
  10. Install tile backsplash behind sink.

    The conservatory sink NEEDS a tile backsplash.
    The conservatory sink NEEDS a tile backsplash.
  11. Paint the door and trim.
    The bathroom door along with other new doors needs to be painted.
    The bathroom door along with other new doors needs to be painted.

    Reviewing our progress from time to time lifts my spirits.

    Are you searching for a decorative item that is eluding you?

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?

Trying to Finish Up a Project

I would love to finish up the conservatory shelves today.

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 space behind the shower is simply an access to the plumbing in case it ever needs to be repairs.

The lumber has been outside weathering.
The lumber has been outside weathering.

I have decided to stack two removable shelves made from our vintage lumber.

Before we ripped the boards Charlie sanded the dirt off leaving the rustic nature of the boards.
Before we ripped the boards Charlie sanded the dirt off leaving the rustic nature of the boards.

I don’t have a drawing or a plan — we’re just going to wing it.

The side porch has become the catchall for large items that ultimately go somewhere else.
The side porch has become the catchall for large items that ultimately go somewhere else.

I’d also love to clear off the porch to get it ready for a little Christmas décor.

Do you have a busy holiday planned?

Completing the DIY Vanity

A week ago we bravely started to trim the conservatory bathroom with salvaged lumber.

We finished the top section first then planned the shelf underneath.
We finished the top section first then planned the shelf underneath.

This past weekend we put the finishing touches on the bottom shelf of the vanity.

The lumber for the shelf under the sink will was made narrower to better cover the area.
The lumber for the shelf under the sink will was made narrower to better cover the area.

Charlie ripped a 43-inch long piece of our vintage lumber to face the 2 by 4 framing.

Before we ripped the boards Charlie sanded the dirt off leaving the rustic nature of the boards.
Before we ripped the boards Charlie sanded the dirt off leaving the rustic nature of the boards.

Additionally he ripped in half additional 1 by 8s to form the shelf.

The boards on the shelves are easily removed to access the plumbing.
The boards on the shelves are easily removed to access the plumbing.

After making a two notches for the supply lines we simply laid the boards on the framing.

This shelf provides some nice storage.
This shelf provides some nice storage.

The vanity is finished.

Next we'll turn our attention across the room.
Next we’ll turn our attention across the room.

With little time to spare.

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

Next project: shelves for the access space behind the shower.

What project are you trying to finish before the end of the year?

Brave Enough to Start

We’ve been avoiding working on finishing the conservatory bathroom because we were afraid our skills weren’t good enough.

The conservatory bathroom is still unfinished.
The conservatory bathroom is still unfinished.

This past weekend we just started.

Salvaged wood.
Salvaged wood.

We’ve been saving old lumber from the demolition of part of the house to give us a rustic bathroom.

An Ikea sink is supported by a 2 by 4 frame.
An Ikea sink is supported by a 2 by 4 frame.

The Ikea sink had already been installed but needed trimming.

We trying to keep the lumber rustic looking.

We started by carefully choosing some of the old lumber and giving it a light sanding.

We wanted to fill in the gap at the edge of the sink.
We wanted to fill in the gap at the edge of the sink.
A thin strip of wood on each side of the sink was needed to finish the countertop wall-to-wall.
A thin strip of wood on each side of the sink was needed to finish the countertop wall-to-wall.

Charlie carefully fit 2 pieces of lumber on the top on either side of the sink to make a full countertop.

The front face was notched around the sink.
The front face was notched around the sink.

Using a piece of vintage 1 by 8 we notched out the sink and applied it to the front of the sink support with pneumatic nails.

In this small bathroom we needed to make space for an extra towel bar.
In this small bathroom we needed to make space for an extra towel bar.

I had already purchased towels bars one of which we applied to the front of the vanity.

The shelf under the sink will also be faced in vintage lumber.
The shelf under the sink will also be faced in vintage lumber.

The next step is to rip some of the lumber in half so we can make a shelf on the bottom.

I'm feeling more confident.
I’m feeling more confident.

I’m definitely feeling braver about continuing with the project.

Are you willing to try something out of your wheelhouse? Do you get in over your head?

Moving Some Art

A few years ago I framed a nautical chart.

The chart has been hanging on the soon-to-be cabineted wall in the Cottage.
The chart has been hanging on the soon-to-be cabineted wall in the Cottage.

It’s been hanging in the Cottage but now it has to move.

The was above the conservatory toilet is empty.
The was above the conservatory toilet is empty.

I don’t have many empty walls in the house.

Looking from the closet side, the wall in the bathroom is loaded with pipes and vents.
Looking from the closet side, the wall in the bathroom is loaded with pipes and vents.

The wall above the toilet in the conservatory bathroom was empty but has some hidden pipes and vents that I wouldn’t want to puncture with a nail.

The chart fits well above the toilet but the colors are not quite right.
The chart fits well above the toilet but the colors are not quite right.

After measuring the approximate positions of the obstacles I nailed up a picture hook.

The bathroom mirror reflects the chart and the kitchen across the house.
The bathroom mirror reflects the chart and the kitchen across the house.
The edge of the shower wall needs to be trimmed and the opening needs will be filled with shelves.
The edge of the shower wall needs to be trimmed and the opening needs will be filled with shelves.

This room still needs some finishing details but the chart fills a large space on the wall.

What’s hanging around your house?