January 17, 2010

Shelf Gets A Make Over


Last week I shared photographs of our cleaned up and tweaked master bathroom!  This room is full of DIY projects.   Some of them were completed during construction six years ago.  I have continued to improve the room a little at a time. There are not many items in the room that I didn’t alter or change up in some fashion.

I decided on the day of the post to hang the shelf above the bathtub.  I stumbled on it when I was in the basement searching for something to put in Al’s corner after using the lady statue to make the lamp



Since I love the look of wall shelves,  I couldn’t resist bringing this one home from a flea market several years ago,  even though I wasn’t sure where to use it.  You all know that I can’t resist a good bargain.

When Alex (oldest daughter) was visiting last summer, she fell in love with it. So, I gave it to her.  While she was here,  she did a decorative finish on it.  She didn’t like the new finish, so she decided not to take it.  So, back into the basement it went.

I didn’t have any luck finding a corner filler for G-Man’s cabinet corner. BUT, I came across the shelf.  I had always liked the finish that Alex had done, however, I was not fond of the leaf pattern on the two rails.  

I was having the vision of the shelf in the master bath room.  Yep! The same room that I needed to photograph in a couple of hours!!!  Of course, that didn’t stop me from doing this project.  The image was already in my head.  I had to do it!!!


Waiting patiently in the basement for a good home!


I just plainly did not like this pattern on the rails. 



I took them out.  Who knew that they had 2 wooden pegs in each end!!!  That was an unexpected challenge!

I flipped them to the solid side,  reattached them, and gave them a finish to match.

I sanded it all over, especially on the edges,  to distress it a bit more.


I prefer to have a back on wall cabinets as opposed to open backs that reveal the wall behind it.  Now, I needed something to put on the back.  I wanted to use bead board, but I remembered that I had used it on another project.  So,  back I went on a search through the basement for backing ideas.


I have quite a collection of materials for future art projects.  This textured piece has a coordinating mate.   I hated to split them up, but I knew that it would be perfect.  They have been down there for four years.  It was time to use it!!!


It was meant to be.  It fit perfectly with no trimming!

New idea…it needs a towel bar!!!

Back to the basement, AGAIN, to grab a little curtain rod


I Used a drill bit the size of the large end of the rod to drill one end.


On the other end, I screwed on the plastic sleeve from the small end of the rod 

(the sleeve had been screwed to the finial for a tight fit into the rod)


I pushed the rod onto the sleeve.  This holds the left end securely.


Since it’s a telescoping rod,  I pushed the large end in until it was flush with the end.


It’s definitely strong enough to hold a bath towel .


But, I chose to display some of my monogrammed towels instead.


I am pleased with the way it turned out.

I placed some of my favorite things there.

That’s my mom and dad (before I came along) in the photograph.


To each hostess of the parties I am linking too…THANKS!!!

It would be great if you would go over to each site and see what each one has to offer. It is really amazing how much talent is out there.  You will be inspired.


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   Cottage Instincts                        Twice Remembered           Between Naps on The Porch


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    The   Persimmon Perch               its so very cheri                           the girl creative




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   A Soft Place To Land                                           Today’s Creative Blog




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    Blue Cricket Designs                                    The Thrifty Home




Shabby Chic Cottage



  1. I remember loving this, Rhonda, when you showed those pictures! What luck that you had that art piece to put on the back of the shelf ~ it was definitely made to go with it AND your bathroom!

  2. The shelf turned out beautifully! I am sooo impressed by you gals who use power tools!:) Another entry on my bucket list.

  3. Now that was so clever and the shelf is just wonderful. I love it all. Finding the backing was a real find and the towels and all of your accessories are just perfect. It really does look fabulous. Hugs, marty

  4. So creative and it is perfect for the space!! I adore this bathroom, it is truly beautiful!!

    Lou Cinda

  5. You did an awesome job on this shelf...really like how you added a back to it...lots of POP!


  6. The shelf is gorgeous! I just love the backing!

  7. I love the shelf! It's beautiful.

  8. WOW ~ your attention to the details blows me away! You are amazing as is everything your sweet hands touch! I wish I could be YOU!!!!

    XOXO, lamp tranp

  9. Wow, very nice! I love it! The monogrammed towels are really pretty and feminine looking. :) Thanks for sharing.

  10. You did an awesome job, Rhonda! I love the back and then how you accessorized the shelves!! Very nice!


  11. This looks great - and I agree, the backing looks perfect and was just meant to be!

  12. You did an amazing job!!! That is breathtakingly gorgeous!!! Love love love it!
    ♥ Teresa

  13. Great job and so creative !

  14. I love the shelf! The back is absolutely gorgeous.

  15. it turned out beautiful! great job!

  16. Love your new use for the pretty shelf in your bathroom! Just perfect for the family photos and those gorgeous linens!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Angelic Accents

  17. You are so good at doing all these projects yourself. And your basement must be a true treasure trove!

  18. Great job!! I love it!! Don't you love it when things fit together perfectly -- like it was meant to be...

  19. Rhonda -

    I am in awe of how skilled you are at repurposing items. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    - Deborah

  20. Oooh, that's CUTE! I LOVE the piece that you used as the back, that TOTALLY makes the whole piece! It looks awesome!

  21. Hi Rhonda! Beautiful!

    This is Rachel with Alabama Bloggers. Can you email me your email address? I need to get in touch with you. You can reply back to this comment or email me at rachel@alabamabloggers.com .

    Thanks so much!

  22. I ma in love with the background treatment! So Old World! Imagine just having something like that just hanging around waiting for the perfect project. Wonderful job.


  23. Now, this is one "awesome" shelf. I love that you did it all yourself. A woman after my own heart. Love, love, love the mongram towels.. perfect touch... hugs ~lynne~

  24. Great project! It turned out beautiful!

  25. Wow!!!! GF, you are good! 5 stars! I loved it. Now, I am off to see if I can find that bedroom of yours. Thanks for visiting today, and yes, it's stone!!

  26. You have such great talent. A great eye for beautiful things. And great luck. Your whole bathroom turned out beautiful. I love the monogrammed towels!!

  27. Geez, if you could whip that up in just a couple of hours, I can only imagine what you could create in a week with a shop full of power tools and free time!

    Looks Great!


  28. The shelf is great. Love all the items displayed on it, too. Lezlee

  29. Thanks for leaving a comment on Grants blog! You are such a sweetie!

  30. That was a lot of going up and down to the basement - but what a treasure trove. It looks fantastic.

  31. You showed a great creativity. Congratulations.

  32. Your shelf came out fabulous! Love it! You did a beautiful job!


  33. I love the idea of putting a decorative background in the shelf! Super cute!

  34. Hey sweet girl...

    Ooooh...I love your bath shelf! You're such a creative and talented lady, my dear! I love, love, LOVE that beautiful tile that you used for the shelf background...such a pretty design and it really sets the tone for the shelf! Great idea to add the curtain rod so that you can add pretty towels, etc. to hang! Ohhh...and those gorgeous monogramed towels..breathtaking!!! You've decorated your pretty bath shelves so beautifully too! Thank you for sharing your pretty shelf with us and a few "how to's"!

    Warmest winter wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  35. Very Beautiful! I love what you did to the shelf. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing this idea! Hugs

  36. That is great I love the backdrop you chose. Thanks for sharing withe Made it Monday! Jules

  37. That shelf is just gorgeous, Rhonda! Love it!

  38. Love it. Did you paint the artwork? It's fantastic! And I love it behind the shelving. Perfect.

  39. WOW!! Just gorgeous!!!

    You can see mine here...


  40. The accessories really make that shelf.

  41. Just stopped by to ooggle over your shelf AGAIN! I fell in love with it the first time I saw it. Today I stopped by GW and saw something that I was just thrilled over. I am so inspired by your shelf and am in the process of making over my find. Do you m ind if I borrow an inspiration pic of your shelf for a future post?? I tired to find a contact email but did not see one so I am hoping you get this comment!:) Again LOVE your shelf! Oh, and what did you do to the end that you drilled for the rod?? Did you putty it or anything?


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