Open Shelves Create Perfect Bathroom Storage

Stacy from <a href="http://www.notjustahousewife.net/" target="_blank">Not JUST A Housewife</a> builds a beautiful storage solution for a tiny bathroom. Open shelves can not only hold all the bathroom necessities but also look stylish. Stacy from <a href="http://www.notjustahousewife.net/" target="_blank">Not JUST A Housewife</a> builds a beautiful storage solution for a tiny bathroom. Open shelves can not only hold all the bathroom necessities but also look stylish.
Stacy from Not Just A Housewife builds a beautiful open shelf storage solution for a tiny bathroom. #BrightIdeas

Stacy from Not JUST A Housewife builds a beautiful storage solution for a tiny bathroom. Open shelves can not only hold all the bathroom necessities but also look stylish.

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The previous owners of Stacy's home had a second bathroom added to the basement and had added the a shower. That is as far as they got. Finishing this bathroom came with many challenges. One of the biggest was storage. So when she framed out the other the walls, she borrowed some square footage from the laundry room next door for some shelves. On the other side of the wall, there is a giant pipe on one side and the water heater on the other side. So the space in between was kind of wasted space in the laundry room but became valuable square footage in the bathroom.
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Once she got it framed, sheetrocked, taped, mudded, textured, and painted it was ready for the shelves and trim. She cut shelves to the depth of the space and sanded them down.
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Then she installed the shelves by screwing them in leveled studs. She then trimmed them out to be flush with the trim on the molding frame. Once everything was nailed into place she puttied the nail holes, then caulked along the edges of the shelves where they met the walls. Caulking can be very messy so make sure you have paper towels handy. And make sure you buy paintable caulk!
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When the putty was dry she sanded it smooth. By then, the caulk was also dry so Stacy painted everything white. She chose Behr Ultra in Popcorn - 4 coats of paint. It is always better to do several thin coats as opposed to one or two thick coats. You will have less dripping, less brush strokes, and it will look more even.
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She let the paint dry overnight before cleaning everything up and putting things on the shelves. The Swiffer Steamboost™ she picked up at The Home Depot really came in handy.
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Then she carefully placed the necessary items and organized them to be presentable. She is so happy that her tiny bathroom has the storage it needs.

To see this bright idea in its entirety, check out Stacy's blog at Not Just A Housewife.