We have only one bathroom in this house and it is tiny. There is a tub, pedestal sink and toilet and I can almost touch every wall standing in the center. There isn’t much room for storage. We have a medicine cabinet/mirror above the sink for some things but I’ve been wanting to add a shelf in there for quite some time.
I came across the idea to track down wooden wine crates at liquor stores in This Old House magazine. They suggested calling around but I thought we might have more luck if Sam and I just showed up at a liquor store so we headed out to the biggest liquor store in the area. I asked and was told no, most wine doesn’t come in crates anymore. After a few more questions of where I might find one, the man asked how many we were looking for. I said one and he went to the back to look around and came back out with one!
We brought it home and during one of Sam’s naps, I peeled off the labels and then sanded it a bit by hand. I stained it Minwax dark walnut and then used Minwax finishing wax as the top coat. I applied both using an old t-shirt torn into rags. I like the wax better than polyurethane because it’s easier to use (no cleaning brushes!) and it has more of a matte finish. I think it’s not as good of a sealant as actual polyurethane but for a little shelf, it worked fine.
I bought two oil-rubbed bronze handrail brackets (about $5 each at Home Depot) to use to attach the shelf to the wall and then Aaron hung it for me. I love simple projects like this because if I try to tackle a long, difficult project, I tend to lose interest mid-way through or never actually finish. These small projects are good for me. Aaron is the long, difficult project person in the house.
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