Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Challenge: Bathroom Storage

I thought it would be fun to take part in the seasonal Pinterest Challenge hosted by Young House Love and Bower Power. Last time I participated, I framed some sporting event tickets. This time, the challenge was our bathroom. We have been remodeling our master bath since January and are almost to the finish line. Our bathroom didn't have any storage to start with and we knew it would be nice to add some.

Before we started the bathroom, I scoured Pinterest looking for inspiration. I came across some designs I liked for the shower, tile and paint choices. I also started looking at some storage options. Here were a few that sparked my interest:

       master               Small Bathroom Ideas

  storage between studs       so pretty

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I loved the idea of built-in storage within the walls because it makes the bathroom looks so much bigger. We don't have a very big master bath to start with, so the goal was to make it feel bigger.

Here is what our bathroom looked like before we started:

Right when you walked in the door there was the light switch and a wall that served no purpose, it closed the small room off even more. Our original plan was to make it a half wall and build some storage on the bottom half.  Once we started demolition, we liked the idea of the whole wall out.

Fast forward six months and this is what it was looking like. We tiled the shower from floor to ceiling, tiled the bathroom floor, painted the walls and installed a new toilet.

Our plan was to add some sort of storage where we knocked the wall out. We didn't want to close the room in too much because we loved how much bigger it was feeling. I thought it would look nice to make it like a built-in and have it go from the floor to ceiling. This would maximize space since it wasn't going to be that deep.  We took measurements and drew up a rough sketch then handed them off to a guy Greg works with. He did an awesome job of building us a cabinet and it was exactly what I had in mind. Greg got to work painting it white.

The painting is done on the frame, we just need to paint the door and shelves. It is so awesome. It takes a little getting used to in the space since there has been no wall for so long. I can't believe how much storage we added in such a small space. The bottom two open shelves fit baskets perfectly. We plan on putting a full length mirror on the inside of the door along with towels, toilet paper, etc on the adjustable shelving. We left one open shelf on the top. I plan to put some vases or something along those lines to add a little color, I'll see what I can find :)

It's really hard to take a picture now that the vanity is up.
There will be a door in the middle section with adjustable shelves


Greg also had to move the electrical from the wall, to the side of the cabinet

Will update soon with a finished picture once the door is painted and trim is up.

xo, Erin

1 comment:

  1. Love it! I'm so jealous of your new storage!(Building some bookcases for our office is way down on the project list) Your bathroom is going to be so much more functional now that you have more storage. Stopping by from Young House Love Pinterest Challenge.