DIY - Bathroom Cabinet

Bathroom storage can be a challenge..  Solving the problem can range from adding a wall cabinet -- to a total bathroom remodel.  That's fine if you own your home.  But what if you're renters like we are,  and the only storage available is two drawers in the vanity?

When we moved into our apartment last July I liked our nicely fitted bathroom. 

It's dressed up with beadboard.

It has a nice shower.

But there's that only-two-drawers-in-the-vanity thing.  Definitely lacking storage in this bathroom.

Between the shower and the entrance door is an open space.  We could have placed a chest there, except that's where the heater vent was installed and it needed to remain clear.

Fortunately, the heater is just above the baseboard with clearance on either side, so my very creative husband built a cupboard to fit the space and clear the heater .

He picked up the pine material at the lumber yard.  The doors were made from shutters we found on clearance at a local shop; we paid $10 for the pair.

Interior shelves hold all our essentials and extra towels.

I chose to leave the wood natural, as it fits in with the light wood in the bathroom.  When we move, the cabinet can be used in Dennis' studio or my workroom. We may decide to paint it at that time

This primitive cupboard is cute and joyful.  It solved our storage problem inexpensively, and Dennis says it was fun to build.

How have you solved storage solutions in your home?

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  1. What a great idea!!! and so cute!!!
    I'd say you solved your problem of no storage in the bathroom, without disturbing the integrity of the wall.
    Nice job.

  2. Replies
    1. The furniture in our home tends to serve multiple purposes over time, Joy. We once used a Drexel bedroom armoire as a kitchen pantry. It was the style with a door and shelves on one side and drawers on the other. With one big drawer at the bottom. It worked great. When we purchased our first home, the armoire went back to the bedroom. :)

  3. Do we ever have enough storage space? :-)) Great idea you all implemented in your bathroom, and it looks cute too!
    Mary Alice

    1. Thanks, Mary Alice. We keep downsizing, but there's always something that needs storing. . .luggage, seasonal clothing, tools, etc. I think there's always a need for storage of some sort. Have a great week. ~ Nancy

  4. It's a great idea, I like the shutters you used for doors and I happen to be one of the few people on blogland who loves the warm and light colour of pine. I say it's perfect!

  5. SO cute, Nancy! I just love the doors! What a great find! I bed they saved Dennis a lot of work and boy, do they add a lot of charm! I wanted to tell you that all of your French country pins and posts have inspired me to change up my living room just a bit. I have been shopping for fabrics and so far I have a beautiful toile and a bold buffalo check...all red, of course! I am still in the planning stage, but I am really excited! Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful ideas and please keep them coming! :) Kim

    1. Aw, you're so sweet, Kim. I'm glad I have a part in your inspiration. Can't wait to see the changes you make in your living room. I know they'll be great. I've been really drawn to Old World design lately, so I think you'll be seeing more of that here at A Joyful Cottage. Hugs ~ Nancy

  6. I love this! I have the same problem in my bathroom, but no room for a gorgeous cabinet, unfortunately;)

    1. Thank you for the very kind words, Ginnie. :)

  7. I am back after a long break . . . Happy Days when hubby can solve problems! Nice work he does!

    1. Thanks, Lynne. I hope you enjoyed your time away. :)

  8. That's a great solutions to your storage problem. Love the shutters and cut-outs! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!
    Blessings, Deborah

  9. Great idea Nancy! It's so pretty and added a lot of storage space. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. My pleasure, Jann. Thanks for stopping by, and for hosting SYC. xx ~ Nancy

  10. Great cabinet, Nancy - it looks charming! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

    1. Thank you, Kathy. I appreciate your visit and taking the time to comment. :)


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