Remember HJ’s whale bathroom?  Well, it’s still a whale bathroom, just with more storage.  Back when I did the bathroom reveal…3 years ago…I mentioned that I would love to add some built-in shelves into the little nook in his bathroom.

For the past few years, it was on my “wish” list.  Last spring, I was noticing that the bathroom nook was similar to size as the dishwasher.  When I moved in, the contractor removed a cabinet to put the dishwasher in.  When I measured, I realized thy were in fact the same size.  Perfect, huh?

Only problem, my cabinet was gone.  The contractor put everyone’s cabinet in their garage (I know this, because almost everyone still has them sitting in the garage), except mine.  I figured I would give it a shot and see if the contractor had misplaced it somewhere.  When I called, his assistant INSISTED it was in the garage, just like everyone else’s, and I must not be seeing it.  Right, because it’s pretty easy to lose a 3 foot tall cabinet in a tiny garage.  So I looked again.  And it still didn’t show up.

I pouted, and figured I was sh*t outta luck.

Four months later, I told my neighbor I wanted to ask someone if I could buy the cabinet sitting in the garages.  She sold me hers for $20.  Not only that, but her fiancé offered to cut it to the correct depth and screw it into the wall for me.

I purchased a laminate shelf form menards for $20, and my neighbor was able to cut it down for a top, and we still had enough left over to add the 2 shelves.  For the unfinished edges, we put on a strip of laminate in the matching color with wood glue (cost about $4 for the roll).

Now that it is in the bathroom, I think the before picture looks so bare!  I still need a few decorations, but the extra storage has been awesome.  I am also contemplating shelves in my bathroom, and something in the kitchen.  The wish list keeps getting bigger and bigger!

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Any ideas on how to make the shelves look finished?  I am in need of cute bathroom decorations.

8 Thoughts on “Bathroom Makeover

  1. Perfect! I wish I had handy neighbors (and a place of my own)!

    • on October 9, 2014 at 7:48 am said:

      Thanks :). I have loved having my own place, finally feel like I am able to make a home!

  2. Looks great! Here are my thoughts: what’s in the white basket? If it’s not stuff you’re using often, I’d move that to the top shelf (and if you do use it often, can you tuck it inside the cabinet and use the basket up top?) and I’d move the vase from the bottom shelf to the top as well (if it’ll fit). Put the vase in front of the glass jar that’s already there – kind of staggered. Next, on the second shelf, move the clock to the middle of the shelf. Then find a cute little whale figurine to put on either side of the clock – search Etsy, so many cute ones there! For the bottom shelf, I’d fill a few more of the apothecary jars with items like q-tips, cotton balls, etc and arrange those with the tallest on the right. That should create some good balance. Right now the left side is heavy so moving items away from the walls will open the space up a bit. I’d also just use the candy corns on the bottom shelf, clustered together to create a little group. Nice work on building those shelves, they look great!!

    • on October 9, 2014 at 7:47 am said:

      Holy cow. Love these ideas!! Based on this, I think you should come and decorate my whole house. I posted an updated pic on instagram with your suggestions (and things I found around the house), would love to know your thoughts!

  3. What a great idea! I think it looks awesome just the way it is! Good job! 🙂

    • on October 9, 2014 at 7:46 am said:

      Thanks to helpful neighbors :). I still feel like it is missing something, just can’t figure it out!

  4. Sherri on October 8, 2014 at 3:28 pm said:

    Perfect use for that space. Looks great, nice job!

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