I am excited to share the bathroom shelves I built for our new bathroom in the basement. We have really loved having a second bathroom!
Let’s rewind a bit to see where this all started….
The previous owners of our home had the plumbing added for a second bathroom in the basement and had added the shower. That is as far as they got. Only the wall the shower was on and the exterior wall were there. Finishing this bathroom came with many challenges. One of the biggest was storage. So when I framed out the other two walls, I borrowed some square footage from the laundry room next door for some shelves.
After that I added a bluetooth bath fan and wood planks to the one wall. I also added doorknobs as towel holders just like the upstairs bathroom. This time I used just the knobs and not the back plates.
And then it was time to add shelves to the nook!
How To Add Simple Shelves
The depth of the space is 14 inches. I cut 1×2 boards (which would be what the shelves sat on) 13 inches long. I didn’t cut them 14 inches because I would be adding trim to the front which would add depth.
I used my level to measure and draw the lines where the 1×2 boards will be attached. I only added one on each side and not one along the back because the space was only 2 feet wide and would not have a lot of weight (towels, toilet paper, etc.). If your space is wider or will carry more weight you should add a ledge along the back as well.
I screwed the 1x2s into the studs.
Since I was making 3 shelves I needed 6 of the 1x2s cut. I used my miter saw. The width of the space was 24 inches so I cut 3 pieces of plywood that were 13 inches by 24 inches. I used my jig saw to cut the pieces. I sanded them really well before taking them down to install them. Then I placed the plywood shelves on the ledges and nailed them down using my brad nailer (nail gun). I used the nailer again to add the trim to the front which I had cut on my miter saw to be 24 inches.
Once the shelves were installed I added molding around the opening from the floor all the way to the top of the shelves. I used the same molding that I will be adding as the baseboards and I cut it on my miter saw as well. For a tutorial on how to cut molding on a miter saw check out my shadow box shelf tutorial.
Once everything was nailed into place I puttied the nail holes. Then I caulked along the edges of the shelves where they met the walls. Caulking can be very messy so make sure you have paper towels handy. And make sure you buy paintable caulk!
When the putty was dry I sanded it smooth. By then the caulk was also dry so I painted everything white. I chose Behr Ultra in Popcorn. I did 4 coats of paint. It is always better to do several thin coats as opposed to one or two thick coats. You will have less dripping, less brush strokes, and it will look more even.
I let the paint dry overnight before I cleaned everything up and put things on the shelves.
I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out!
I found a new home for my wood tray I built. I love it used on the shelves for my special things.
I love that I have loads of storage and it doesn’t get in the way of anything. No doors to open and maneuver around and no protruding shelves.
And let’s not forget the laundry basket that got a makeover! I stained it a darker color.
I have the medicine cabinet and one other storage closet to finish and then I can post the entire reveal!
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