Free plans to build a cute bath shelf with towel bar that looks like a birdhouse from ana-white.com
1 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 8 feet long
Plywood or beadboard scrap 24" x 13 3/4"
1 1/4" and 2" finish nails
2 - 1x6 @ 12 1/2" long (longest point measurement with top end beveled at 30 degrees off square)
1 - 1x6 @ 22 1/2"
2 - 1x6 @ 16 1/4" (top end beveled at 30 degrees off square, longest point measurement)
1 - 1/4" plywood (I used beadboard scrap) 24" x 13 3/4"
2 - 1x2 @ 16 1/4" (top end ANGLED at 30 degrees off square, longest point measurement)
2 - 1x2 @ 25"
Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!
Cut out the sides with a jigsaw, keeping in mind the top bevels need to stay beveling upward, so the two sides are actually cut in MIRROR. I used a drill bit to drill out the 1x2 towel bar opening in all the corners, and then connected the dots. This was actually more difficult than it seems, so perhaps practice first on a scrap. Sand the two jigsaw cut edges now to make match and smooth.
With the two ends beveling upward at tops, attach shelf. I just nailed and glued.
Mark the top "roof" pieces on the underside and top side so you know where to attach and line up. If you have the back plywood piece cut, you can also use it as a pattern by laying the shelf on top and matching edges. Attach with nails and glue. Also check to make sure the top angles match the angles for the trim you attach in step 5.
Attach back with 1 1/4" finish nails and glue.
For the ledge, I just glued and nailed on, overhanging ends 1/2".
Thread the towel rod through and glue in place and you are done!
Here's the option for the coat hooks as well. I'd recommend the double robe hooks here, as you may not have enough space for the larger hooks as shown.
It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.