Especially for items you’re using on a daily basis – a shaving razor, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant – an appropriately sized and well-positioned bathroom shelf can make getting ready for work in the morning a lot quicker and easier. And, as household storage solutions go, it doesn’t come much simpler or cheaper than this.
Materials you’ll need
A shelf (140 x 19mm timber cut and planed to measure 700 x 125mm)
A shelf back (190 x 19mm timber cut and planed to measure 700 x 175mm)
Two shelf ends (165 x 19mm timber). Alternatively, you can use two off cuts (200 x 150mm)
Five 30mm countersunk screws
Four pieces of 18mm dowel, each 75mm long
Waterproof epoxy resin
120 grit sandpaperTaubmans 3 in 1
(which will serve as a primer, sealer and undercoat)
Fasteners to fit shelf to wall.
Tools you’ll need
Handsaw or circular sawSmoothing planeJigsawElectric drill
Spoke shave (optional)
1. Click on the illustration at the top of this page to get a larger diagram. Transfer pattern for shelf end to graph paper. Cut out all the components as shown in the diagram. Plane to correct width. Use a jigsaw to cut the two shaped ends. Give the edges a rustic irregularity with a spoke shave or plane.
2. Drill and insert 30mm-long countersunk screws in three places through the back into the rear edge of the shelf and twice through each of the sides into the shelf ends.
3. Drill four 18mm peg holes 40mm up from the bottom (see diagram for spacing). Allow the drill to rest against the bottom of the shelf as you proceed. This will give your pegs an even upwards tilt. Glue and insert pegs.
4. Sand the shelf then paint it with Taubmans 3 in 1
before fixing it to the wall through the upper back using appropriate fasteners for the wall type. For more great bathroom ideas - visit the Bunning's website Planning a fresh coat of paint - try the Colour Selector and Paint Calculator 'Like' us on Facebook Follow us on twitterSign up to our FREE weekly newsletter