Bathroom Storage & Organization

Hey there! I’m back to share with you our newly organized bathroom. As I said in my last post, I knew I would have to get creative with storage solutions for bathroom necessities when I removed the cabinet above the toilet. I was planning on installing shelves and knew I could disguise things in baskets there if needed. But, after some serious purging and creative container storage, I was able to fit it all in the vanity very nicely!
Under the sink organization for the bathroom

Here are some shot from the bathroom a couple of years ago when I organized it. Both the old cabinet above and the vanity below.
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Since all of our babies are older now, we have no need for a ton of different kinds of medication. This was what was stored in the cabinet above. I purged all the expired and no longer used meds and was able to condense it down to one tub that now sits on our newly built shelf.
Under sink organization for the bathroom.
Under that is a handy drawer caddy that holds ointments, thermometers, and bandaids. 
Use a small plastic drawer to store medical supplies
Behind that caddy is another tub filled with summer things – sunscreen, aloe, and bug spray. 
store your summer needs in one tub to make the sunscreen and aloe easy to find
This will be moved to have easier access to when the seasons change. Also under the sink are other things you can’t do without in a bathroom. 🙂 And stashed back in the back are some things we don’t use often – sports wraps, heating pad.
under sink storage and organization for the bathroom
On the other side are two baskets (TJ Maxx) and towel storage. (There are normally more towels than this, but it was laundry day.)
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The bottom basket is for hand towels and wash cloths, and the top basket holds a few items used more frequently. (yes I did notice some of the paint has come off – in my haste to finish and photograph and post during the ORC, I may have installed the doors too quickly.)
under cabinet storage and organization for the bathroom
It’s nice to have everything behind closed doors and still have it look good. You may have noticed that the inside of the vanity is painted the same color as the walls. I love this kind of surprise when you open the door! 🙂

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Under The Sink Built-In Shelf

I’ve got a fairly easy building project to share with you today. Another goodie from our bathroom makeover. One that honestly you probably never saw, since I don’t think I shared the inside of the cabinets. Today we are addressing that blessed area under the sink.

Cabinet space under the sink is a space that always goes under-used I think. We never know what to do with that big open space. 

Since we removed the cabinet above the toilet, I knew I was going to need to use this space. And, if I was going to use this space, it needed to be more useful!!

So, we dug through our scrap wood and found enough pieces that would work to build an extra shelf! I didn’t really care that much what the wood looked like or if it matched, since I knew it was all getting painted out.

The bottom of the cabinet had sustained some water damage and was no longer flat. To solve this issue, we cut a piece of wood to fit and slid it into place. Nailing or gluing was not necessary. The weight of the wood will hold it in place.

Then we measured and cut a few more pieces – top of shelf, side of shelf, and two support pieces to help hold it all in place – under the shelf on the left side and beside the side piece on the right side.

We nailed all the pieces together in place and there ya go!

Way better available space now!

I just realized I never took a picture of it after it was all painted out! Bad blogger! I’ll be back soon with that and pics of how I organized the space inside the vanity to make it work for our family. Thanks for stopping by today!!

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How To Update A Wicker Basket With Stain

Sharing a simple project with you today! Another from our bathroom update. 🙂

Maybe you remember this cute basket corralling some necessities.

I looked and looked and looked for a basket that would fit the top of the toilet, hold a few things, and that was of course cheap.

I finally found something that met my needs at Ross for $5. (pictured here with all my other budget friendly finishing touches for the room)

But, as I started to finish out the room I realized the color was way off. It was just too orange-y. What to do?

On a whim I decided to try applying some stain to the basket (the same stain I used on the mirror frame and the shelves). And what do you know?!? It worked!

I simply brushed on a pretty generous coat of stain. I wanted to give it time to soak into the wicker, so I let it set for 15 minutes or so before I tried to wipe any excess off. It took a couple of days to dry, but the end result was totally worth the wait! 

I will say that this basket had a slight plastic-y coating on it, which is probably why it took so long to soak in and to dry. If it were natural wicker, it probably would have been a faster process. Also, if it is more plastic-y than not, this probably won’t work at all. I tested the stain on the bottom of the basket beforehand.

Have a great weekend!!

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DIY Board & Batten

Now that the holidays are over and I have my brain back, I want to share a couple of the DIY projects from our bathroom makeover.

First up, our DIY board & batten. 

Supplies needed:

Lattice wood
Liquid nails (optional but I liked using it)
Finishing nails and hammer (or finish nail gun)
Nail set
Saw (hand miter saw works just fine)
Caulk (paintable)
And of course paint color of your choice

First step was to prime the wall. Especially since we were going with a traditional white finish. (You’ll see in later pictures that I also went ahead and painted the top half of the wall – really doesn’t matter which one you do first.)

Next was to purchase supplies. I found my lattice wood at home depot with the molding. Looks like this.

We used 1″ and 1 3/4″ width to get the look we wanted. It is sold here by linear foot. Hubby cut it down to an approximate size in the store to make it easier to transport.

Start with your horizontal pieces first. Measure and cut to size each piece. I used a 1″ piece along the bottom since I was leaving the baseboard, but the other two horizontal pieces are 1 3/4″.

Apply liquid nails. (look for the type made for paneling)

Make sure it is level.

Nail in place. This little guy was a Christmas present and he made this job a lot easier, but it is totally doable without.

Continue with all horizontal pieces.

Now it is time to add the vertical pieces. To measure each piece to size I simply held it in it’s place and marked and cut.

These are the same as the others – glue, level, nail. I will pause here to talk about the spacing of all the boards. This is a matter of taste really. Check out the internet for pictures of all different kinds of board & batten. The options are endless. I will admit that the spacing between my vertical pieces is not the same around the room. I went by look. I knew how many vertical boards I needed to get the look I wanted, measured the width of the space, did some division, and came up with the placement. This might have actually been the hardest part of the whole project!!

After all your wood is in place, you will want set your nails with a nail set. Then I would recommend that you sand the wood. This wood is not great quality, smooth wood, so this step will help it look even better. Then you will need to get busy filling all the nail holes, and caulking between the wood and the wall, and filling any cracks left behind from human error. 

Lots of caulk, tired fingers, necessary evil to make the end product look good.

The last step is just paint – you will want to prime the lattice wood, and then paint all surfaces, including the wall, with the same paint.

And you are left with this!!

The look I wanted at a fairly reasonable cost, and a doable DIY, all things I LOVE!

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Bathroom Makeover – One Room Challenge Reveal

It’s done! It’s wonderful! And I LOVE it!!
Lots of painting happened in this room, lots of DIY’s, and lots of bargain shopping. I shared with you my budget last week and in the end I came in just over $300!! I love being able to get the look I want for less!

If you need a little reminder, here is the before

And here was my inspiration board

I am so excited to share the finished product, so I’m going to let the pictures do most of the talking!! There’s a lot, but I know that’s what you want, so here ya go!!

I made the shower curtain out of a dropcloth, some leftover denim chambray from my son’s room makeover, and ribbon for a little extra somethin’.

The mirror frame was a DIY – just inexpensive white wood stained in dark walnut. The new light fixture is from IKEA.

The galvanized metal accessories give a little bit of a rustic feel along with the wood. The planter bucket is from Hobby Lobby and the other container is from a local boutique.

The floating shelves are made with IKEA shelf brackets and again inexpensive stained white wood.

The vanity got new life with some leftover navy blue paint from my paint stash, and some spray paint for the pulls.

I love the spa, rustic coastal feel, and it just might be my new favorite room instead of my least favorite! Yay for the One Room Challenge!!
Please make sure you check out all the designer reveals, and all my fellow guest participants who have been sweating this deadline with me!

Now I need to start thinking about the holidays! Ack! But, at least I now have a nice bathroom for my guests when they stop by!!

Thanks so much for following this journey with me! If you need to catch up:

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