Bathroom Niche to Storage Sleek

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Build some shelves in those awkward niche spaces you have. See how I turned this weird angled empty space to storage space.

My kids are not happy with me...I took away their favorite hideout for hide and seek and their favorite place to wrap up in their towel after they got out of the tub. This was just a weird dead space in the kid's bathroom. With the angled wall, I couldn't find a hamper to slide in there. I would always throw clean towels on the floor in there and thought, "hey, it would be nice to have some shelves there to put the towels on."

I went to work. I used 1/2"x1" for support rails. The bottom shelf was fairly easy because I only needed to add one side of support and I used the baseboards on the other two walls for the other support rails. I used a bradnail gun and nailed it into the side of the cabinet. I painted that wood to match the cabinets which is Sherwin Williams Cityscape.

I measured halfway from the top of the trim on the cabinet to the top of the bottom shelf to determine where my second shelf would go. I cut three support rails and used a little liquid nails and used my bradnail gun to nail it in.

I forgot to take the next process photos but to make the shelves, I first measured and made a template on cardboard and used the cardboard cut out to see if it fit first before I hacked up my wood for the shelves. Once I got the right fit I used a leftover MDF shelf I had from my pantry remodel (that post will be coming next month).

I left the shelves white because it was already finished wood. I did have some trim piece leftover from my pantry remodel that I used to finish off the cut piece of the shelves that were exposed. The trim pieces were already painted so I just bradnailed those to the front of the shelf. I caulked the sides of the shelf and done!

Now I have storage for towels and bins of bath toys!

Yay for more storage!

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  • SnowKnitty SnowKnitty on May 23, 2021

    I have a similarly awkward space next to my mudroom vanity. The vanity also needs a new top due to damage I can't repair or mask. It's one of those things that has bugged me for a long time but it never bugged my hubby. So when I suggested to hubby that we buy a new vanity, he was, shall we say, NOT on board! Thanks to your share, I can keep the old vanity base, get a wider top that spans the space to the wall, and add shelves below. Thank you for getting us to a solution we both can agree upon!

  • Sharon Huneycutt Harris Sharon Huneycutt Harris on May 27, 2021

    Very nice use of space!!