If you were to ask me, “Which is the hardest angle and room to take photos of?”, this would be the one!
Welcome to my master bathroom.
As small as the space is, it does house a tall, skinny closet I have never shown you, except for on Instagram Stories lately.
The closet sits to the right of the sink, and lurks behind the white sheet curtain you see on the right.
Back when I renovated this bathroom, I had wished then I had more time to do that closet. Hey, it only took 4 more years…
Best kept secret ever! It was nasty!
The shelves are the original ones from way back that didn’t even fit the space properly, and were warped in the middles due to weight.
The closet was also so dark, thanks to when I loved deep mochas back in the day.
And the area was never fully utilized. So much empty space up above left me to cramp everything I had in the little I had.
However, things changed when I attempted to fix the shower head lately. I had to dig into this dreaded closet looking for an old forgotten part.
The result was a mess that spread across the entire bathroom floor, down the hall, spilling out into the next bedroom!
I should have taken a still shot with what resulted after my search, but instead I’ve included it into a video clip at the end of this post. It’s a beaut…
So anyway, I was so disgusted with the volume of product and amount of stuff I had, it was time to deal with this issue.
So the shelves were gutted, then the stuff sorted and purged. Heavily. Most of the product was 10+ years old!
That is the real key imo… gotta release the bulk to find the treasure.
Bypassing a beloved bike ride (whimper), I decided to keep going.
The old, ill fitting shelving was removed, walls wiped down, then the real fun began!
Here’s how I made the quirkiest reclaimed wood shelving I’ve ever owned! With the wood above.
What I used:
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cordless drill and drywall screws
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I’m going to briefly tell you how I did what, however the bulk of the tutorial is better seen in the video (at the bottom of this post) due to the tight, dark space I was attempting to work in. Thank goodness for major photo editing and fish-eye lenses!
How I did it:
a) The closet was completely gutted, with shelving brackets removed.
b) A fresh white coat of paint (white straight out of the can) really brightened up the interior!
I did not use any drywall filler, as I planned to place the support boards over top of the old bracket holes.
c) Reclaimed boards were cut to desired sides, creating side supports and planks acting as shelves. They were then lightly sanded.
d) I will be sealing them with Fusion’s Tough Coat so the shelves are easier to wipe clean. (just haven’t got to it yet)
Why Tough Coat is your chippy wood BFF
Tough Coat is an amazing product that creates a smooth surface with a slight matt-satin finish, and keeps the chipped paint from further flaking.
The key is in the ‘stir’. Lift the bottle up, then gently swirl it in a circular motion. Do not shake, or bubbles will be produced.
By swirling, you are mixing up the settled particles in the solution that give the matte finish. If you don’t swirl, you will achieve more of a satin – gloss finish.
e) After measuring placement, the side support planks were attached to the walls with one screw, then further adjusted by placing a level on top, then tapping into position. More screws were added.
While I did not use wall anchors, however that would be suggested if your shelves will carry real weight.
f) One shelf was designated for product. I’ve used baskets and all sorts of containers in the past, but found everything just eventually got buried making it hard to find stuff.
So! This one shelf I created partitions so the product would be well organized and super easy to see each item.
a) I installed the support boards first, then placed one shelf board on top as usual.
b) The next shelf board was placed standing upright on its side, creating a partition.
c) The rest of the boards rotated, one flat, one up, etc, creating the sections.
The idea turned out to be a total win! It worked amazing. And no piled up baskets in sight!
I even installed one board underneath the top shelf supports to add a shallow shelf for small bowls filled with nail clippers, etc.
Oh goodness. I adore this look and functionality so much.
The open closet feel gives the bathroom more visual space, and I mean… even more chippy wood to look at! 🙂
A coat rack came in really handy to hang towels, clothes, and even my hairdryer and flat iron.
I found rolling up the towels offered more room, while making them super easy to grab.
And they look kinda spa like!
Bright white and wearing so much more personality, these little free shelves really cranked up the fun factor in this closet!
So much so, I don’t even desire to put back the curtain I was using to hide it.
Here’s a short 3 minute video that captures the before, during and much improved after!
(sincere thanks to TakeTones for the free music download)
Boy… keep this fun stuff up and I may change my mind about moving one day…
What do you think of this look?
Here are some other shelving ideas from the past:
You can also see many more quirky shelves HERE