Friday, March 13, 2015

Bathroom Shelf: Just cut a hole in the wall!

I might be a bit of a product junkie.
I like lotions, and soaps, and masks...
but my bathroom doesn't have nearly enough storage! 

So, what's a girl to do?
Well cut a hole in the wall of course! haha
(or get the husband to cut a hole in the wall!)

Right before we left on our trip down under (November/December), 
I got the brilliant idea that a built in bathroom shelf is exactly what I needed.
And no, an IKEA shelf would not do.  No sir, I needed a hole in the wall!

A hole is exactly what I got! 
And it stayed a hole for about a month until we got back from our trip. 

But it was finished around Christmas time and
I'm so happy to not have a pile of unorganized products all over the counter.
(I know Paul is happy too!)

We even framed the bathroom mirror while we were at it! 
Next:  Paint the bathroom cabinets and install some new light fixtures. 

I can even fit some of my beach treasures and decor now!
The glass sand dollars and starfish we picked up on our trip to Oregon in 2013, the painting we got in RI last summer,
and the shells are a mix of treasures from NC, FL, RI, and Australia.  I'm a beach picker for certain.

We also put up some transparent privacy screen for the bathroom window.

DIY Pottery Barn "Addison" Style Headboard

Fireplaces are very romantic and a gorgeous mantel can really create a lot of interest in a room,
 which is why I've been in love with this mantel style headboard for a while.  

Every time I receive the Pottery Barn catalog in the mail, 
I comment to Paul that I really need to buy/make/have this Addison Headboard
Mainly, he ignores me... 
or says something to the effect of "once we finish other projects." haha

BUT, this December he finally said yes. :) 

We found this Ana White plan and DIY'd it for about $150.00.

It took us about 2 days to cut, assemble, and paint.  
Since it was chilly, it resided in our living room while I painted everything.

Pippa obviously was the project manager. --  Inspecting every detail.

Moulding List:

  • 7/8 Accent Detail
  • 2 1/4" Dentil Crown
  • 2 1/2" Emboss Casing/Chair Rail 
  • 1 1/2" Scallop

* We got all of these from Home Depot (in case you are trying to find the same materials).

We wood filled, sanded, and caulked all the cracks, gaps, knots, and holes.

We omitted the 1 1/4" Picture Frame and 11/16 Shoe from our headboard design.
We moved our Dentil Crown piece up beneath the Accent Dentil.

In the original plans where the Dentil Crown is used, we placed the Emboss Casing/Chair Rail.

Image from Ana White

We're quite pleased with the finished product and we were so excited to set it up!
We ended up attaching it straight to the wall.
It would be quite a headache if it were to fall on us in the middle of the night.

 Over the summer I picked up a few antique amethyst glass bottles at a local antique store. 
This stuff is pretty neat.  
It wasn't made to be purple, but overtime turns purple from reaction to light.

They've been hanging around in storage, because I couldn't figure out what to do with them.
They finally have a spot! :)

Every time I see them I think of searching for beach glass in RI.  
Once in a while you'll find a real gem; purple glass! It's always a really exciting and special find.

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