I know I’ve mentioned it at least once or twice before (okay, maybe more like 100 times…ugh, I sound like a Justin Bieber song), anyhow, I am constantly searching for ways to incorporate more storage into our home. I totally succeeded with that in our bathroom makeover. Today I am going to share the first big storage solution.
When we first re-designed our bathroom years ago, we built this vanity. The bottom has always housed our towels, but that felt like such a waste of valuable space.
Seriously, look at all the space those towels are taking up! I spent years pondering where I could put the towels so I could free up that space.
Then one day it hit me. We have a claw foot tub and there is dead space between the wall and the plumbing/tub. It’s only a small space and trying to build shelving in such a narrow space would be complicated at best, not to mention it would probably require more space than I actually had. I wandered Menard’s trying to come up with a solution and had another epiphany. (I was really on a roll J)
I called my husband (and his truck) to ask him to pick up this ridiculous PVC pipe. There was no way that thing was going to fit in my Jetta. I had previously measured our towels so I knew I needed a 6” diameter. If your towels are bigger or fluffier than mine you could need a different size pipe, so measure first.
I put the behemoth on the chopsaw and cut it into 17” sections. (so they could be mounted to a stud on each end. In case you don’t know this, studs are generally 16” apart)
A few notes about cutting this:
1. This is no doubt NOT the safest method for cutting such a thing, be extremely careful.
2. I cut as far as I could then rotated and cut again, then rotated and cut a third time.
3. Honestly, you can cut through PVC with a handsaw relatively easily and that would a MUCH SAFER choice. Do as I say, not as I do. J
Cutting the way I did resulted in some uneven edges, so I sanded them smooth.
Then I lined them up and started spray painting.
I was going to paint them grey, so I started with a grey primer. Priming is definitely a must on the PVC.
Once the primer was dry I sprayed them with my color of choice.
In case you are wondering, I went with Rust-oleum’s Satin Granite.
While the paint was drying I went inside to get ready for hanging. I started by doing the classic “knock on the wall” to find the studs. Then I realized I am terrible at that and waited for my husband to come home and do it for me. I would have just used a stud-finder but Patrick is a builder and he won’t allow such “silly” tools in our house. J
Once we found and marked the studs, we checked to make sure that everything lined up nicely.
Then I kicked him out so I could finish my project and claim I had done it all by myself. Next, I measured the distance between the marks on the wall, and then made matching marks on the tubes so that I could pre-drill the holes through the PVC.
With all the holes pre-drilled, the only thing left to do was to attached them to the wall. I chose a screw with a wide head so that it would distribute the pressure a bit, and a flat head so that it wouldn’t snag on my towels. I have no idea what these screws actually are, I just found them in Patrick’s stuff.
I hung the tubes,
then filled them,
Then rejoiced at how perfectly my somewhat unconventional plan had worked out!
I really couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.
And unless you are standing rather awkwardly over/next to the toilet, you can hardly even see it all back there. (Yes, that is what I did to take the photo that preceded this one J) Look, I am even giving you sneak peek at another upcoming bathroom project!
And the best part? Now I can put baskets under the vanity and fill them with all sorts of other stuff! Isn’t it so exciting?!? Okay, maybe you aren’t as excited as me, after all, this isn’t your bathroom. But trust me, it’s exciting. J
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