Our Boring Master Bathroom

Hey friends! I hope you had a delightful weekend. We did grown-up homeowner things like buying and installing new toilets, cleaning, and laundry. The weather was spectacular so I got in some spray painting too.

Today I decided to share our master bathroom with you. I figure you’re probably getting tired of seeing photos of just our entryway. Our master bathroom has perplexed me since we moved in almost 3 years ago. We have a double vanity, shower stall, and a soaking tub. And then there’s the wonky space. It’s that random thing to the right of the soaking tub. When we moved in I didn’t quite know what to do with it so I added plants and a basket with towels.

Now, imagine the plants dead and no longer there. I tried my hardest to save those clearance Peace Lilies, but I managed to kill them. Rest in peace, Peace Lilies. Anyway, imagine a bunch of crap on the wonky space now (basket with towels, makeup bag, nail polish, jewelry holder). I would have taken a photo but I feared that some of you would disown me.

After pondering about the wonky space for some time it dawned on me: we should build a bookshelf! Yes, yes, a bookshelf to take up some of that random space! So I took a photo of our bathroom totally stripped down.

And I edited it in Photoshop and came up with this.

It’s clearly not 100% proportional, and I probably won’t put books on the bookshelf, but you get my gist. The wonky space is 45 inches deep, so I want to add a bookshelf that would be about one foot deep. It will have two or three shelves and a space at the bottom with doors for extra storage. I think I want crown moulding on the top, and the doors to be bead board. I’d like to add a one inch thick piece of wood on top of the wonky space too. Then I would put my jewelry holder and some other random things on the slab of white painted wood. For the wall, I figure I would do a small gallery wall. And I’ll add some fun curtains to the window.

Now, I just have to talk Brad into helping me build a bookshelf. Neither of us have built anything like a bookshelf. I built a wooden puzzle in eighth grade shop class, but that’s about it.

Any suggestions on building a bookshelf? What kind of wood should we use?
What do you think about my master plan for our master bathroom?
Gallery wall or no gallery wall?
Would you add or change anything? Seriously, be honest.

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  1. I think your ideas are great! Have you thought about open shelving on the long wall of the wonky space? I love the gallery wall idea.

  2. I’d worry about what moisture would do to the wood and the items in the bookcase.

  3. I actually love the plants that you already had in the bathroom. I’d incorporate them back in. I like the open shelf, but I might face it the other way. I have a picture of another bathroom that did this on my pinterest board http://pinterest.com/vilebe4uty/hearth-and-home/. Search “Beautiful bathroom. Love the bead board and cabinet.” That is the comment I left one it. Should take you right to it. Good luck!

  4. I think the book shelf is great in theory, it might be a little hard to get to (unless you climb on the ledge or in the bathtub). What if you did shelves along the same wall as the ledge (facing the tub, does this make sense?). My mom had something similair in her bathroom and it was gorgeous. Love the fun drapes though.

  5. I think having a storage space for bathroom reads is a must. 😉

    I really like the gallery wall. It’s very happy!

  6. Love the gallery wall – also think a large piece of art might be neat there. Something soothing 🙂

    I am sure you will have it all up in no time, girl!


  7. Have you checked out Knock Off Wood? there are lots of pretty extensive plans for bookshelves that you can totally knock out in a weekend. I think it would look great – love your mock-up.

  8. What a weird space! Sometimes I just wonder what people were thinking! But I think the bookshelf will look great there and add a lot to that wall. Can’t wait to see what you do!

  9. totally love the shelf idea! My master bath suffers from a bit of the “bores” as well and I’ve totally been meaning to get on it, and just haven’t. Bleh… Ok, you’re getting me motivated! 🙂

  10. Oh I wish I had more space in my bathroom! Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with! I’m sure it will look fantastic!

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  11. Looks like it’ll be really cute! I like the ideas. I’m so jealous you have a bathtub. Sigh…apartment living.

    But, yeah isn’t this weather awesome!!

  12. Okay that is GENIUS to play with this in Photoshop!! Why haven’t I thought of that??? I love everything about what you came up with!

  13. i love the idea of adding shelving! i think i am on the open shelving facing the tub train though! that way you can easily grab a book or magazine while soaking!

  14. Cute ideas! I think I’d face the bookcase towards the window though only because it’d be wider giving your more storage and decorating space 🙂

    Also, do you think the art in the gallery wall frames would be OK with the moisture/heat from taking a shower/bath?

  15. I think this is a great idea. I too would likely turn the shelf along the long wall though to maximize the storage space. Love the look of that gallery wall! So cute! And the curtains would be a great addition.

  16. Great ideas! I think candles would look real good in that space also next to the tub. 🙂

  17. Great ideas! I think candles would look real good in that space also next to the tub. 🙂

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