Although I’m currently working on my daughters bedroom, I have decided to also start decorating the kids bathroom. I mean, why not add something else to my to-do list, right?
To give you an idea of what I started with, here is what the bathroom (the toilet nook) looked like on our final walk through before moving in. The original colour was Willow by Benjamin Moore (previous owners left paint behind).
It was a lovely colour, but it was dark and it made this small bathroom feel even smaller. I had some left over paint from another bathroom and so I decided to paint most of the walls in Edgecomb Grey by Benjamin Moore. I only had about 1/2 gallon of paint so I had to leave one wall the original colour and make it the accent wall.
Our son, doesn’t really have a lot toiletries, just some body and hair wash, and a toothbrush. Our teen girls on the other hand, well that is a different story. Those girls have stuff! And being girls, there is stuff that needs to easily accessed when on the toilet (like feminine hygiene products). So in order to make things easier for them I added some storage above the toilet. I saw a bunch Floating shelves on Pinterest and thought they were perfect for space.
I tried to cheat and just buy a ready made floating shelf from a store, but either they were too small or too big for the space. So I decided to DIY my own floating shelf using scrap wood that I had in storage. Yes, I hoard scrap wood.
I didn’t take progress pics but here is the general gist of what I did.
I re-used a piece of wood to make the top part of shelf, (didn’t even remove the hanging hardware from the back, classy). Then, I used 2 pieces of 1 x 1 MDF for the side brackets to support the top piece (shelf). The supports on the side were cut same depth as the “shelf” and drilled with drywall screws into the studs in the wall.
The “shelf” was nailed on to the brackets with my nail gun. Then I nailed trim in front of the wood “shelf” to hyde the brackets and make it seem chunkier. Finally, I painted the entire thing in semi-gloss white paint that I also had on hand. I didn’t bother adding any wood under neath to hyde my brackets because the floating shelf is really low on the wall and unless you are looking from underneath, you don’t see them. But if you are concerned about people looking underneath or making a floating shelf that is higher than mine, you would use two pieces the same size as your “shelf” and use one as the bottom. And there you go, a DIY Floating Shelf.
So here is what the space looks like now.
In case your wondering the canvas is of my kids from summer 2014, on our visit to Seaside, Florida. I had it printed at Costco and it fits perfectly with the colours I want to use in the room.
So the entire project cost me zero dollars because I’m a hoarder and I had everything on hand. 😉
I still have a few things to do in here, before I call it done, like add more artwork and some hooks to hang up towels. I’m also debating on whether to use shower curtain or just use a clear liner in this room. There is no light above the tub and I think it would make the shower area too dark. What do you think? Curtain or just the liner?