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At our home, in the half bath I like to call the powder room, we have a big and roomy closet with sliding wood doors. This closet has been perfect for me to store all kinds of random things. But no matter how hard I tried, it always looked cluttered and plain ugly. Blame it on the wire shelving.
In our community, our home seems to be the place where all friends meet for play dates out by the driveway. Kids will ride their bikes, play soccer, and dig in the dirt. At one point, there could be -easily- 8 kids with ages ranging from 2 to 6 years old. And that means, 8 kids going in and out of our powder room to wash their hands, wipe their noses, and obviously to ‘go potty’.
This bathroom has been begging for some TLC for quite some time. I mean begging!. At one point in my life, I was into this Tuscan/Old World decor and the powder room paid for it. Cover your eyes. You’ve been warned!
So friends, these extra 100 sheets of SCOTT® 1100 Bath Tissue gave me the push to give this bathroom a well-deserved makeover. I had plans on painting the walls (because seriously it was so ugly!) since I started my laundry room project (still in the works), and I had 3/4 of a gallon of paint leftover. So, I primed and I painted for two days. Much better, right?
And then I realized that paint was not going to solve this problem. Cover your eyes, again.
If a friend came to this bathroom and needed a new roll of bath tissue (because it has happened before), that’s what she saw in that closet. Embarrassing…Granted: I let it go too far. I have no excuse.
But look at it now! Needless to say, I had a MAJOR decluttering session. Absolutely liberating!
So, let me show you how I transformed this closet and hid the ugly wire shelving with these DIY wood covers.
How to Make Wood Covers for Wire Shelving
For this project you will need:
- Plywood sheathing – 1/4 inch x 4 ft x 8 ft. The number of sheets needed will depend on the number of shelves you will be making and their depth.
- Select Pine board – 1 inch x 4 inch x 6 ft. (Actual size: 3/4 inch x 3 1/2 inch) – These are for the facing of the shelves. Again, the amount needed will depend on the number of shelves and their width.
- Wood glue
- Staple gun
- Staples – We used crown staples 1-inch long x 1/4 inch wide
- Table saw
- Miter saw
- Wood putty and palm sander – Optional: to cover staples and sand off the surface.
- One-step varnish and urethane – Color of choice.
- Brush & gloves – to apply varnish
ON THE TABLE SAW
Take the plywood sheet:
1. Adjust measurements on the table saw. Place the plywood sheet.
2. Rip sheet lengthwise. On this step, you are ripping the plywood to make the top of the shelf. My shelves are 16 3/4 inch deep.
Take the pine board:
3. Take the pine board. Adjust the table saw blade, cut a notch 1/2 inch deep on the 3/4 inch side of the pine board.
4. Adjust the blade, cut a notch 1/4 inch deep on the 3 1/2 inch side of the pine board.
ON THE MITER SAW
Cut the plywood sheathing and pine board to size.
Each plywood sheet (shelf)
will have its own matching facing piece
TIME TO ASSEMBLY THE SHELVES
5. Apply glue on all the length of the notch you cut on the pine board (facing).
6. Place the sheet of plywood (shelf) on the notch smeared with glue.
7. Reinforce by stapling the boards about every 8 inches
Repeat steps 1 through 7 as necessary.
8. Stain the shelves and slide over the ugly wire shelving
Hallelujah! I have a beautiful closet, and everything is concealed in pretty decorative baskets. Nothing like it to complete the tidy look. Bath tissue at your fingertips without having to look at that ugly closet mess.
So what do I keep in this closet? The big and tall baskets hold all random accessories and seasonal home decor. Lots of candles and tall candle holders, easy to hide in the baskets, but also easy to pull out when necessary.
The bath tissue, found a new home in a deep basket, on the second shelf up. Afterward, I decided to unwrap them, for faster access and a tidy look.
Extra wipes and a first aid kit, are a must in this bathroom. I have cleaned and put a band-aid on a lot of boo-boos (community nurse).
Extra hand soap (like seasonal: pumpkin spice and wintergreen), extra hand towels, and an easy to grab tiny tote with essentials (hair spray, gel, toothpaste, brush) for my son.
Paper towels are easy to store and easy to reach in this deep and long basket. Everything concealed! Like so:
Since this bathroom is immediately adjacent to our family room, it seems appropriate to store board games and others, here.
I quickly stained a crate and stored our fitness gear. Sturdy enough, to handle the weight, easy to slide in and out of the closet, on the tile.
One last look!
I picked up a package of 36 rolls of SCOTT® 1100 Bath Tissue ($22.99) at my local BJ’s Wholesale Club. What a deal, 36 rolls (39 if you count the extra 100 sheets per roll!), so it’s like getting 3 extra rolls per package. And you can save even more with this coupon.
Besides learning how to build custom shelves (soon I will be putting more in my walk-in closet!), here are some random facts I also learned:
- SCOTT® 1100 Bath Tissue has been bringing consistent quality sheets for over 100 years. One century!
- Safe for septic systems, and FSC- Certified Paper from responsible resources.
So, will the ‘Longest Roll in America’ give you the extra push to jump into bathroom organization?
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