Monday, July 30, 2012

Featured : Cristina at Remodelando la Casa

Good Monday morning, friends! Ryan and I are spending time with the rugrats and while I'm away I've got some very special things planned for the blog this week. I reached out to a couple of amazing bloggers to stop by and share their latest home improvement projects while I take a short break. 

Cristina from Remodelando la Casa is posting today. Last week I saw her post detailing how she made and installed floating shelves in a small bathroom space for added storage. I have a perfect place for these myself, so you may be inspired today too! I'll let Cristina show you what she did in her smaller bathroom:

"I showed you this little powder room HERE,  I told you that overall I like this small bath but there were some issues I wanted to address.

Perhaps the most important thing to do is to change the lavatory.  It got damage when that little bottle fell from the second shelf and cracked the bowl!

But this time I got to fix another issue!  Storage space!  That was the principal problem because those shelves look good, but don't hold that much!

My solution:  To install three floating shelves. 

On how to build the shelves, you can check the following video or you can continue reading the story.

I took off those boxes and traced level lines where I wanted to install the shelves.

Since they were going to be floating shelves, a cleat was installed to the wall to hold the shelves.   For the cleats I used the cheapest kind of 1x2s.  They were screwed to the wall with anchors where needed, and with nails to the studs.

When all the cleats were installed, it was a good time to fill the holes and paint the wall.

Then, it was time to build the shelves!  This is the material I used for the panels.

After taking off those 2x4s and the hundreds of staples they were attached with!

I measured, cut, and sanded the panels.

I didn't bother to fill all those holes!

The panels and the 1x3 front boards were then stained.

For each shelf cover I used:
                      2  -  32" x ½" x 8"   Panels
                      1  -  32" x 1" x 3"   Boards

For each shelf frame I used:
                     1  -  30" x 1" x 2"
                     2  -    5" x 1" x 2"

The 1x2 pieces of wood where nailed in between two panels  like this:

Then, the 1x3 board was nailed to the front.

A look of the inside:

The shelves were then mounted onto the cleats on the wall.

Here, the three of them.

I found the perfect spot to display the 
one dollar find I got at the flea market! Some decorative bottles, books, vases, towels...

and of course a basket for extra rolls of paper that I couldn't store in the room before!

I like both my before and after picture! But what I like the most is having lots of storage space!

Our next project for sure is installing the new toilet! Hubby already took off the damage one! :)"

What a fabulous tutorial, right? With her instructions, video, and pictures any of us could pull this off as well! Thank you so much Cristina for sharing this with us today and helping me out while I'm on vacation!

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