Last month, I shared with you all how one of my goals was to start taking my pins off of Pinterest and making them a reality. I started a blog series I am calling From Pin To Reality.
For months (maybe years) I have been pinning tutorials and images of floating shelves. Like this
DIY rustic modern floating shelves from tinysidekick.com
and this from four generations one roof
and this from Shanty 2 Chic
Our upstairs kids bathroom has the perfect spot for floating shelves.
This little alcove above the toilet is 5 1/2" deep and has been left blank since we moved in four years ago. Because honestly, what do you hang over a toilet? An inspirational quote like this perhaps?
While I wanted to use some power tools again (like I did when I made this pallet backed bookcase), my skills are still dependent on my handy husband and our schedules never included both of us in the same house for longer than 10 minutes (except to sleep), this project wasn't happening unless I turned over the reigns.
I wanted the project done and finally had a willing craftsman to do it, so I relinquished control. I did however, take a date to Lowe's and learned how to purchase the perfect piece of lumber (hold it up in one hand with the other end on the ground and look down the edge picking the straightest board possible. Some of those boards are twisted I tell ya!) and I stained the boards once they were cut.
I love that the kids now have a space for their extra toilet paper (kids were getting stranded!) and it visually fills up the space making the whole shower/toilet area seem cozier than it already is.
Like all things DIY, they eventually start to change from the way in which they were created to support functionality. Apparently, getting stranded one too many times, led me eldest son to create this toilet paper tower so that he shall never fear of running out of TP again!
I took back the space and made it pretty again, but I'm not quite sure how long it will last without it's TP tower.