Sunday, August 11, 2013

Powder Room Shelves

Finally have some new blog material!  Our weekends have been super-busy so I've been slacking on the projects lately.  This weekend I finally installed the shelves for the powder room that I've been working on for a while.  I love the look of open shelving and the small Courtland powder room is the perfect spot for them. 

I used a 6 foot long piece of 1"x12" pine, cut in half for two shelves.  We choose pine because we wanted a rustic/distressed look.  I stained it with Miniwax Special Walnut and I tried a trick I read online of soaking steel wool in the stain for a few days to give it a gray-ish tint.  I'm not sure if it worked, but I really like how the color turned out.  I gave the shelves two coats of stain and three coats of satin finish polyurethane.

Here's how they turned out:

 




For the brackets I just spray painted plain whites ones from Home Depot with oil rubbed bronze spray paint.  The wood and bracket colors match some of the pieces in our family room... I love it when I can use something easy like this to tie the rooms together.

There are still a few more things I want to do in the powder room.  Here's the updated list:

Paint
Shelves
Bead board or board and batten trim
Make/buy some art for the wall above the towel bar (I'm excited about an idea I have for this!)
Crown molding

Anyone have any suggestions on whether I should do bead board or board and batten?  I'm leaning towards bead board, just because it's easier, but I can't decide.

9 comments:

  1. So adorable! Love the shelves!

    As far as the molding, I have NO experience there..LOL..sorry nutthin to give ya here :)

    We are currently in the mist of doing a patio and fireplace in our backyard quite the undertaking...we are on vaca this week and working on it...

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    1. That's awesome... I can't wait to see how your patio turns out... I'm dying for an outdoor fireplace.

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  2. Nice, spray paint is my best friend. I like the idea of doing shelves. I have been trying to figure out what I am doing with storing toilet paper. I thought about a basket on the floor but I like it on the shelf.

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    1. That basket of TP was on our floor since we moved in... I like it on the shelf better because it makes it easier to clean the floor, though I don't think it looked bad on the floor.

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    2. Hi there! I just came across your blog. I love the color you painted your powder room. Could you tell me what color that is? Thanks and your home is gorgeous! I loved the Courtland gate but a little too big for us so we are building the Victoria Falls.

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  3. The paint color is "Gulf Winds" by Behr with the Glidden Paint + Primer in eggshell base.

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  4. I was just puzzling out how I was going to do shelves in front of one of our kitchen windows. I love these. I'm visiting from the SITS comment love tribe.

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    1. Do it! These were so easy. I'd love to see them if you wind up building them!

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