Friday, March 25, 2011

Beach-Y Peach-Y Window

The bathroom has been under constant "decking-out-ness" since these pictures were taken... but lets take a moment to enjoy the two days that the window shelf was done. I was waiting to show you until I filled my apothecary jars... but can we talk about how no one has sea-glass blue bath salt? I mean come on, there have got to be tons of people looking for a great deal on sea-glass blue bath salt... tons.

So here's the before. The studs locations {as well as where I eventually want to hang my towels} determined where the beach-y window shelf would go. I stud-findered those babies out and got to work with my dry-wall knife. By the way, Chris had no idea what I was up to while he was at work.
 Next blocking had to be put in. The studs only run vertically, so to have the shelf actually sit on more than just sheet rock, we {Chris was home for this part} put some leftover 2x4's in and "toe screwed" them in {similar to "toe-nailed", but with screws... yes I did just make that up}.  
The back of the shelf was the inside of the sheetrock of the kitchen wall. Yep, we needed to do something back there. I got a smaller panel of bead board because it was thicker than the larger panels. Plus I didn't need that much. So there's for solidifying the back of that wall. That still made me nervous, I mean, what if i punched the back of that shelf hard enough, my fist would totally make it through into the kitchen! Then I had to remind myself, if I was strong enough to punch through 1/8 inch beadboard and 5/8" sheetrock... then I could punch through any wall in our place.
Next goes up the trim around the outside. I have been loving having tons of left over molding I can dream up fun things like this to do with.
The plan was to use these super cute hooks as towel hooks under the window shelf. Then during the "hooking them to the wood" part they totally fell apart {see pic below}. Don't worry, I got my money back. I won't trust crystal knobs from craft stores anytime soon. 
I've found a really super, dooper, thrifty, awesome, blow your mind away, substitute, but I'm waiting to finish what else we've got going on in the bathroom first. So here's for enjoying those two days of a clean bathroom... sigh.


  1. Sommer, Wow! The bathroom beach-y shelf looks great! I have a recipe for bath salts if you can't find what you are looking for, and you make them any shade of blue you want!

  2. Where did you put polycrylic? Everywhere? With a brush?

  3. We did polycrylic everywhere, and with a brush. Since it's in the bathroom and we had to destroy part of the mold resistant drywall to put the window in, we wanted to be as thorough as possible in making it watertight. As long as you coat the polycrylic thin-like, and/or sand it down between coats it shouldn't leave brush strokes.

  4. I love this SO're pretty much a genius. Lovin' your blog!