Limited Bathroom Space to Maximum Storage

6 Materials
$65
4 Hours
Easy
My half bath is small and needed additional storage and towel rack. The wall directly across from the toilet seemed like a perfect spot but would require a simple and narrow solution.
Let’s Start with a Ladder
A vintage primitive ladder caught my eye at an estate sale a few months ago and I knew that it would be ideal for a future project. It’s time had arrived and it was about to embark on its journey to becoming a towel rack.
Java Gel Stain for Color
I wanted a deeper color for the towel rack so I used an existing can of General Finishes Java Gel Stain came to darken the ladder.
$20 Cabinet
This small cabinet was in the clearance section of an outlet store and measured 14” wide x 10” deep x 22” tall. Perfect.
More Java Gel Stain
Painting the wood portion of the cabinet the same color as the ladder tied the two pieces together. The metal top and drawer fronts gave it a modern look and I liked the numerals for contrast.
Antique Sewing Cabinet Drawer
I wanted the ladder to jut out from the wall and decided to attach this antique sewing cabinet drawer to the bottom rung. It also gave me some additional storage. While attaching I remembered a metal embellishment that I had in my stash and attached it to the front.
End Result
That extra storage is no longer a problem. Because this wall is directly across from and close to the toilet, I decided to place the toilet paper holder there. The sewing cabinet drawer provides the perfect place for toiletries and the cabinet has plenty of drawer storage for guests.
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  • Pamela Maurer Pamela Maurer on Sep 25, 2018

    How did you attach the ladder? It looks great!

  • C Crow C Crow on Sep 25, 2018

    What a great solution to several issues. Love the way you finished and joined all pieces to a cohesive look. May I ask the size of your bathroom? Thank you for sharing your excellent ideas.

  • Patricia Patricia on Oct 14, 2018

    Is there a picture of the finished project? I'm only seeing unfinished/finished individual pieces.

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  • Alison Bulick Gilroy Alison Bulick Gilroy on Oct 26, 2018

    In materials theres a two door cabinet. But I do not see it in the ouctures of the project. Im confused.

  • Gill Gill on Nov 14, 2018

    I love your idea and how you pulled it all together. I may use your ladder idea behind my bathroom door. Thanks for sharing x

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