Build your own bathroom shelf in between the studs in your wall.
I’ve been a busy bee in our bathroom over the past two weeks creating and building the bathroom shelf of my dreams. We’re extremely happy with the results of this bathroom shelf. This is an extremely easy build that would fit perfectly in any bathroom space (with different size variations depending on your personal space). Check out more of our small bathroom storage solutions on this post.
We created this bathroom shelf using MDF wood. MDF wood isn’t the best option of wood for a bathroom.While ventilation is great in our bathroom, it just wasn’t a great surface for anything damp (toothpaste etc).
I knew that I wanted to remove the old MDF shelf and replace it with wood. Our bathroom was definitely lacking the warm wood tones I was daydreaming about. Another thing I did prior to building this shelf was removing our DIY wood slat ceiling. We weren’t happy with the dark stain.
For reference, here’s a photo of the old MDF shelf.
A few dislikes of the space: The dark wood slat ceiling and the MDF shelf.
Alright let’s jump right in to this easy DIY! The first thing I did was grab a utility knife to separate the caulk from the drywall so there wasn’t any damage. Then I removed each piece of MDF on the shelf down to the studs.
First we removed the old MDF boards. Then I grabbed a few scrap pieces of wood to create a vision board.
We decided our game plan would be to build the frames and shelf as one unit and slide it into the wall. To do this we grabbed our tape measure, measured all the sides and made the proper cuts.
Once the unit was finished being glued and nailed (top, sides, and one shelf), we got to work on the drawers. Drawers were an imperative part of this build. We wanted a practical and permanent solution and adding drawers to our bathroom cabinet would accomplish that. We have a very small master bathroom and a wall mounted sink, so we literally don’t have a place for anything. Soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, q-tips, just to name a few, were a pain.
We did a dry fit test before moving forward with the drawers. It fit perfectly in the wall.
We decided we wanted to drawers total in our bathroom shelf. The top drawer would be for our toothbrushes and toothpaste. The bottom drawer would be for my contacts and contact solutions. We already have a decorative vase for our q-tips and face pads, and will be storing the toilet paper roll in the concrete vase on the bottom shelf.
You’ll want to start by measuring your depth and account for the shelf sides, the drawer mount hardware and drawer itself. Each build will vary depending on your space. Here’s a photo of the materials we used to build our bathroom shelf drawers.
You’ll start by creating a “U” shape which will be the sides and back of your drawers. Before nailing I added wood glue so they’d be extra secure.
This is what it will look like once all three pieces of your “U” are glued and nailed together.
Next you’ll apply wood glue to your “U” shape and place the bottom of your drawer on TOP of the “U” using wood glue, and then nail together forming the base of the drawer.
This is what the bases of your drawers will look like once they’re assembled.
Then you’ll grab your drawer fronts and attach them to your bases using wood glue and your nail gun. Make sure you measure both sides before attaching your drawer front so that they’ll fit in your shelf.
Now it’s time to attach your drawer bases to your actual shelf frame. You’ll want to precisely measure the spacing to account for however many drawers you’re adding. We are adding two drawers and they’ll be as “flush” as possible to account for proper hardware.
Once your drawer hardware is attached to the shelf frame, you’ll want to attach the drawer slides to the actual drawers. Every hardware and drawer is different, so make sure you’re precisely measuring to accommodate.
Now that the drawers are complete, and your cabinet drawer hardware is secure, you can insert your drawers into the frame. You might have to make slight changes depending on how you want them to sit. We altered our measurements once.
After the drawers were installed we set the entire bathroom shelf in the wall. Since this shelf is in the bathroom I wanted to protect the wood so I added some poly to the drawers and lower portion.
Finally you’ll want to take some wood filler and go back in and fill the nail holes. I use this one as it has a natural finish that blends in nicely with the wood.
Are you guys ready to see the final reveal???
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