Simple DIY: Floating Shelves in the Bathroom

Jul 5

Oh my gosh, has it really been 2 whole weeks since my last post? I thought summer was chill? I owe you a serious update. All the details will be in a post tomorrow, but bottom line is I have worked nearly every day of those last 2 weeks. #goodproblems On the one hand, so so proud of myself for getting this little business churning away and keeping me this busy. On the other hand, wow…is my body feeling it. I even took off to LA for 2 days for my first “celeb” project. Seriously, can’t even believe it. Of course, I had zero idea this type of schedule was coming down the pike so was totally unprepared in the nanny dept. My poor kids! They’ve had a number of sitters over the last few weeks. All of whom have been referred to me by my summer intern. I can’t live without her! If I would have known this was happening, I would’ve spent time connecting with a nanny service before school ended. Instead we were all sorta thrown into a tail spin.

Nevertheless, all good now…and later this week I’ll dive into more details.

p.s. I’ve mentioned before that I’d love to have you join me on Instagram. I’m not saying that because I’m being pushy…instead it’s warm, loving invitation! IG is an easy way to see what I’m doing day to day. I typically post one snapshot per day of the project I wrapped. Much as I love writing and sharing more in depth stories / images, I’m too exhausted to post on the blog at the end of the day. So sharing on IG has been a nice, positive, upbeat addition for this old blogger. Anyway, come join me if you can!

Fun post today – a little project completed in MY own home! Yay! It’s something small, but it’s been bugging me for a couple years. This empty space over the toilet in the master bathroom…

Simply Organized Floating Shelves in the Powder Room

This is an enclosed toilet room with zero storage…

Simply Organized Floating Shelves in the Powder Room

Over the last couple years, I’ve given thought to what could act as storage, but ultimately didn’t want something sitting on the floor. I also didn’t want an over-the-toilet organizer and the room is too tight for something on the side walls. Instead we’ve been putting odds and ends on the windowsill, which is very shallow and being on the second story means one small gust of wind makes everything come toppling down. Did I mention my kids don’t always close the toilet lid? You can guess what happens when that gust of wind blows through.

For a long time I’ve had this idea for the space…

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I’d basically be replicating what I did here, but would make them a bit thinner and with a different stain…

But time hasn’t been on my side. So I wanted a quick-fix as a temporary, yet still pretty. The other day while client shopping I passed these small mantle shelves that were the answer to my issues!…

Simply Organized Floating Shelves in the Powder Room

It’s just a short mantle shelf for $30 that includes all the required hardware. They are shallow enough to hang and allow someone to sit on the toilet without bumping their head. The shelves come with a simple to use hanging guide that you cut out, tape to the wall and make your drill marks with. So easy!…

Simply Organized Floating Shelves in the Powder Room

You’re drilling 4 holes for each shelf and those protruding pipes allow the shelves to slide right on…

Simply Organized Floating Shelves in the Powder Room

Simply Organized Floating Shelves in the Powder Room

Such a great, simple fix for this bathroom…until I’m able to add real floating shelves from scratch. I am so itching to build something!

Simply Organized Floating Shelves in the Powder Room

Simply Organized Floating Shelves in the Powder Room

And they are pretty enough to be used somewhere else in the house later, possibly in the kids bathroom over their toilet.

To the fun part – decorating! All that was needed was a basket for extra rolls of toilet paper, a spot for feminine products and a nice candle / plant…

Simply Organized Floating Shelves in the Powder Room

Love this!

Simply Organized Floating Shelves in the Powder Room

( wire basket / cloth bowl / similar small plant / similar candle holder )

Simply Organized Floating Shelves in the Powder Room

Thrilled to finally have storage in here…

Simply Organized Floating Shelves in the Powder Room

Simply Organized Floating Shelves in the Powder Room

This wasn’t an expensive update and would be a great option for renters – remember, just 4 small holes that can easily be patched / painted.

Simply Organized Floating Shelves in the Powder Room

( mantle shelves )

If you need bathroom storage, I can highly recommend this solution!

Simply Organized Floating Shelves in the Powder Room

I’ll be back this week with more! Can’t wait to catch up!

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  1. Robyn says:

    I love following you on IG and seeing all of your projects! Inspires me to keep plugging away to generate more clients for my business! Thanks Sam 🙂

  2. dionne says:

    This is perfect for my guest bathroom! I want to remove sink with cabinet (to open the space) and replace it with a pedestal sink. The problem was where to put things that i stored in the cabinet like toilet paper. Thank you.

  3. Anthonia says:

    Do you need to know where the studs are in order to put the up on the wall?

    • Samantha says:

      Yes, you need to know but you don’t have to place the brackets into the studs. They can go into drywall and come with the hardware to do either or.

      xo,
      Sam

  4. Shirl says:

    Love Desert Domicile. She is in my hometown, Tucson! Really enjoying your blog. Thanks so much.

  5. Virginia Price says:

    Great idea… where can I buy them as I’m in the middle of a bathroom project and these are the perfect solution!!

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