Martina Bath Wall Storage Shelf with Hooks

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Simple woodworking plans to help you build a Bath Storage Shelf with robe hooks designed to store towels and other bathroom supplies. Featuring two cubbies, top shelf storage with protective ledge and two hooks, these beginning woodworking plans will help any do it yourself newbie build a Pottery Barn Matilda Wall Storage inspired bath storage.

What a difference one small painted $20 project can make!

This isn't the real before BEFORE photo (we can technically start with a hole in the ground, because that's where we started working on this bathroom), it's more like the Getting There photo.  
Last week I decided to give the bathroom some "sprucing up" as in adding lots of spruce to the walls (will post a tute on that soon) and then thinking, this space needs some color!  So went and bought some more spruce . . .
So 1 1x8 spruce board later, and some leftover blue paint from the Porch swing and a few hooks, and we've got some color!  For less than $20 we've added function and style to the space.
A perfect spot to hang robes or towels or stash extra towels.  You can also use the top space as a shelf - there's a nice lip around the top to keep items from falling off.  Bring on the apothecary jars filled with cotton balls!
I've got quite a few more projects planned to finish up what Grace is calling the "Girl's Bathroom" so stay tuned for more.  But today, wanted to give you everything you need to get your own shelf made.
Dimensions are shown above.


Shopping List

1 - 1x6 @ 2 feet long
1 - 1x8 @ 8 feet long
1 - 1x2 @ 4 feet long
1 - 3/4" x 3/4" cove base moulding

Common Materials
2 inch screws
1 1/4 inch finish nails
2 inch finish nails
120 grit sandpaper
wood conditioner
paint brush
Cut List

2 - 1x8 @ 17" (Sides)
2 - 1x8 @ 21" (Shelves)
1 - 1x8 @ 10" (Center Divider - Optional)
1 - 1x6 @ 21" (Base)
1 - 1x2 @ 24" (Crown)
2 - 1x2 @ 6 3/4" (Cut to fit - Side Crown)
1 - 1/4" Plywood @ 22 1/2" x 12 1/4" (Back)
Cove Moulding to fit

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Hearing Protection
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
Drill Bit Set
General Instructions

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!


Step 1

From the ends cut a scroll pattern as shown above with a jigsaw. Make sure both ends match and sand any rough areas. Your 1x8s may be a vary slightly in width, adjust accordingly.

Step 2

If you use a Kreg Jig, attach shelves as shown above. Otherwise, use 2" finish nails and wood glue to attach - or you could use 2" screws.  Leave a 10" space between the shelves for the shelf partition - see next step.

Step 3

We choose not to add the center partition, but if you want, fasten in place. Use 2" finish nails and glue. You won't be able to do pocket holes because of the clearance here.

Step 4

Attach base as shown above. Make sure you also attach to the bottom shelf too.

Step 5

Step 6

Now the front crown. 1 1/4" finish nails and glue as directed in the diagram.

Step 7

And the ends. Cut to fit, as your 1x8s can vary in width.

Step 8

Cove moulding should be no more than 3/4" wide x 3/4" tall, like this Cove Moulding from Lowes

Miter the corners at 45 degrees and glue and tack on with 1 1/4" finish nails.

Step 9

The best way to hang is through the 1x6 into a stud in the wall behind.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

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.



Fri, 07/01/2011 - 15:10

I am SO going to make this when we do our bathroom remodel. I was wanting a place to keep shampoo out of toddler's reach combined with towel holders. This is perfect, and I really Love the color.

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Wed, 07/13/2011 - 04:32

If you wanted to widen this - say make it 2 or 3 times longer (bigger bathroom) could just essentially do that & add the dividers every so many inches? Thanks!