Several weeks ago, I went antique shopping with my friend, Cheri, and I stopped at a local consignment shop on the way home. I had found a few small things, but not any of the larger furniture pieces I was looking for in the antique shops we visited, so I was hoping I’d find one of those pieces at my favorite local consignment shop. I didn’t have much luck finding a dresser or daybed (I later found both), but I did find a homemade secretary desk that I thought would make a perfect bathroom shelf. It was a nice size, I loved the curved details, and it was inexpensive (around $30.)
It also reminded me of something my Opa would’ve built. He made a few small cabinets and shelves and this looks a lot like those. There is a signature and date on the back, but I forgot to take a picture of it before we hung it on the wall!
While my parents were here, I had my dad remove the desk components (there were some envelope slots and a few smaller shelves that wouldn’t be very practical in a bathroom) and replace them with one shelf.
I initially thought about putting it above the toilet, but I decided it would be perfect for the niche above the tub. I always envisioned shelving in there and this option would be a lot simpler and less expensive than building custom shelves.
I sanded, primed, and then painted the shelf in the same paint I’m using for the trim (Benjamin Moore Advanced, satin, in the factory white.) My dad and I hung it up and it looks so sweet. I didn’t need a ton of storage, but just something to fill up the space, so this works perfectly.
I filled my new bathroom shelf with French soaps, some architectural pieces, an artificial plant (from Ikea), brushes, washcloths, and some vintage pieces.
I’m still playing around with the bathroom shelf styling, but it’s close…
The bath brush is from Iris Hantverk. You can find the brush I have and other styles HERE.
It makes it easy to throw a scoop into my bath at night as opposed to keeping the bag in the linen closet where I’ll forget about it.
We have our final inspection of the bathroom plumbing today and I need to paint the cabinets, but the makeover is almost done and we’re already loving it.
You can find details for all of the selections and finishes for our bathroom makeover in THIS POST.