Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Industrial Shelf Solution for Guest Bath Storage

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Remember the project I teased you with waaaaay back in January? Yes, January. Eeesh. Well, we finally got around to getting things finished!

We started with this metal flanges, rods, and tips (left), coated them with primer (center), and then coated them with a layer of oil-rubbed bronze spray paint (right).

The intention was to add more shelf storage to this wall in the tiny guest bath. The photo above shows you what we had before. It was nice, but there was not enough room to hold all the necessities that a guest bath needs.

When we took down the shelf that was there, we ended up having to patch some holes! :) Then we mounted the painted brackets to the wall, attached two self-adhesive rubber dots (like these) to each bracket, and topped them with glass pieces cut to size.

Then I added a few accessories...

The round glass and metal item above is a vintage soap dispenser. The round piece at the bottom would mount to the wall. Then the person would swivel the glass ball downward, so that soap would come out of the metal tip.

The vintage scale on the left is German. I found it on my recent junk adventure in Pequot Lakes, MN. It is the perfect size for holding wash cloths.

An antique tobacco jar hold cotton balls. Next to it, a potted plant nested in my red jute webbing flowerpot slipcover.

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So, how's that for a 4-month project?

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  1. Oh, I know all about those 4 month projects! Not to worry, I think it turned out perfectly and was totally worth the wait. What an awesome idea!

  2. REALLY nice job! I like those shelves a lot! I also love all the stuff you have on your shelves!
    Very clever!

  3. Pretty cool! Love them and the vintage scale is really neat too.

  4. What a fun industrial touch and it's perfect with all the fun vintage finds - I need that soap dispenser and scale!

    I am pinning this - you've got my wheels spinning!

  5. Very cool project, great look. the glass would make me nervous--I'd probably go for some old wood, safer with kids.

  6. Shh, don't admit how long it took! Especially when it's fabulous ;) What a super cool vintage soap dispenser too. I like that mucho-much!

  7. Amy it's still so vintage looking but even more sleek and useful than before, great transformation and improvement.

  8. Amy- I love it! Not only is it functional it LOOKS WONDERFUL! I love that old glass soap dispenser. xo Diana

  9. Good things come to those who wait! Terrific!

  10. you are a genius...look great! would be nice with wood too in other rooms!

  11. Fabulous!! And I heart the vintage scale!! Sigh!!
    Everything is perfect!

  12. I love it! I wasn't sure where you were going with the metal pieces, but I really like how it looks with the glass shelves! I love how you used the necessaries to be the decorative items, too. I love when you can kill two birds with one stone. : )

  13. I am pinning this for my bathroom. We have some shelves that I am not thrilled with and this might be the new solution!

  14. What?! Only 4 months?!! Love the shelf idea and your vintage acessories are awesome!!

  15. So good to know we're still in the running for Longest Bathroom Project Ever! Love the industrial look of your shelves, and that scale!

  16. Hi, Amy! I used to visit you a lot, especially via Emily's Tuesdays Unwrapped party. Then I lost you! I'm so glad I found you again. What a beautiful, beautiful place you've created here--no surprise there, but it's wonderful to see how successful you've been! I look forward to getting back in touch with you.

  17. The shelf is wonderful and you have so meticulously chosen the perfect elements to showcase on them...So very, beautifully interesting things to enjoy on those creative shelves!

  18. Love this idea.I know sometimes it takes us creative people a little longer to get things done because we have too many things going on at once ;-)
    But it looks amazing!

  19. so loving the little shelf you had before... but I totally understand more shelving, so interesting, I must look up these pieces next time I'm in Home Depot.
    Great Post

  20. Oh I know all about long projects lately! I love your new shelving, I'm wondering where I can use some for our house, hmmm. Great styling too.

  21. this is awesome. everything about it, including the jute covered can!
    Love it!

  22. Such a nice look.
    It's industrial...but not rusty.
    Classy stylish industrial.

    ~ Dana

  23. I love it... the items on the shelves are awesome too!

    Laurie @ Vin'yet Etc.


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