So…. that bathroom renovation we did last year? Yeah well. It’s stayed “almost finished” for over a year now.
In talking with our landlords recently, the Mister and I realized there were about a million little last steps to finishing about a million projects in the house. Gross exaggeration? Hardly. I figured it was about time to start wrapping some of those little last steps up so that we could finally cross some projects off our list. First up, the bathroom renovation. There were two last things that needed to be completed before I could consider this project wrapped up.
- Re-do the bathroom shelves.
- Replace the single bulb boob light with a double bulb boob light.
So here’s how I finished the shelves. To refresh your memory of where this project left off, check out the photoshopped ‘vision‘ picture I’d posted last year. The only things we HAD done to make the room look more like our vision was painting the room green and we’d finished tiling, but we just never got around to fixing those crappy shelves.
The original shelves were made of super thin plywood, white, and supported with various scrap pieces of leftover quarter-round. And if you look under that pile of mismatch towels, you’ll notice that particular shelf was never even painted. They were TERRIBLE. Even just setting a simple basket on one of them caused them to bow horribly from the weight. It just looked… cheap.
The plan was to add a little contrast with a darker stain. I also wanted them to be sturdier and have a rustic chunky feel to them. In the end, here’s how they turned out.
A million times better than the original, right? So how did I make these gorgeous shelves?
First, I ripped out all of the existing shelves and “supports.” Once that was cleaned up, I added the new supports. For these, I used some scrap 1×2″ from the kitchen island project. I just coated one side with wood glue and secured them with a few nails thanks to my new Ryobi Airstrike.
What’s that you say? A NEW tool? So sue me. I have an obsession. And this thing is MY JAM. Seriously. I want to go around and nail ALL THE THINGS.
OK back to the shelves. Once the glue had dried for a day, I gave the whole interior on the until a good solid coat of white paint. I just used a leftover can from touching up the trim in the bathroom.
As for the shelves themselves, I used 1/2″ plywood. I used the old shelves to trace the shape onto the plywood and cut them out using my jigsaw. Once I’d confirmed they’d all fit properly, I stained them using MinWax in Early American (can anyone confirm the rumor this color has been discontinued???). I wanted the shelves to look thicker than they are, so I decided to create 1×2 face pieces. I measured the width of the front and cut the 1×2 to size (I made them slightly longer since I wanted them to be really snug). I stained these with Early American as well.
I left the shelves and face pieces to cure overnight. Once they were dry, i set the shelves into place and secured them with a few nails. Then, using a rubber mallet, I tapped the face pieces into place and secured with a few nails also. Here’s a comparison of the shelves with and without the face pieces so you can fully appreciate what they do for the whole look and feel of them.
And that’s it. Shelves are almost stupid-easy to do yourself if you have the right tools. And I’d been stalling this whole time because I didn’t have a nail gun yet. It’s amazing what a new tool can do for your motivation. 🙂 Now, I just need to replace the boob light over the shower to make the bathroom a bit brighter! Unfortunately, that’s a project for a weekend since I need daylight to cut electricity to the bathroom and it’s already dark when I get home after work.
*** Update: For anyone that’s curious, the paint color we went for on the walls is Valspar Juniper Breeze.