From scrap wood to master bath shelf
Yesterday, the hubs and I celebrated 14 years of marriage! Although our sailing has definitely not always been smooth and there have been moments when we’ve both wanted to jump ship, I can honestly say I’m more deeply in love with this man today than I have ever been before. It’s clear to me every day why God brought us together and I’m blessed beyond measure to have such a beautiful family.
(As you can see from the photo, some other people in our family are pretty fond of him, too.) 🙂
Speaking of bringing unlikely things together, today I wanted to share a no-cost project I whipped up for the master bathroom using leftover materials and found objects.
It began with these sad-looking wood scraps:
I found the white shelf remnant in our garden shed behind some boards. I think that poor shelf has been hauled around with us through eight or nine different moves, never finding a place in our actual home. Obviously, life in the garden shed has not been kind.
My goal was to create a master bath shelf by using the damaged shelf and corbels together.
Because the corbels had a bunch of leftover Liquid Nails stuck to them, I used my miter saw to shave off about 1/8″ from the tops, so the shelf would sit flush on them. Then I simply caulked all the cracks in the shelf and primed and painted both the shelf and corbels, using leftover white primer and semi-gloss paint.
After everything dried, I pre-drilled holes, then screwed the corbels to the bathroom wall where studs were located. (A countersink drill bit is helpful for this project, as it recesses the exposed screws, allowing the holes to then be filled with wood putty, painted, and ultimately hidden.)
Finally, I placed the shelf on top of the corbels and accessorized with stuff I had around the house. The vintage soaps are part of the “Barkley Collection” (aka the truckload of Avon products I got for $1 at an estate auction).
I plan to add a smidge of glue between the shelf and corbels to make sure that shelf stays put. But first, it looks like I need to shift the shelf to the right a bit. 😉
What do you think of my no-cost bathroom shelf made from repurposed scrap?