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Shelf Above Door

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In our small house, every square inch counts.  I had seen somewhere on Pinterest that a shelf could be added over the bathroom doorway.  With our low ceilings (only 7 and a half feet), I wasn’t sure a shelf would add much storage.  After awhile, I decided that some storage would be better than none. I was also itching to use my new Kreg jig* for pocket holes. I had asked for and received it with extra screws for my birthday.


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The gray trim had been painted by the previous owners.  They had also painted gray around the borders of the six panels.  I did not like it at all.  So I started by removing the door and painting it white to match my trim.  My bathroom walls are not white– they are an off-white called Swiss Coffee. So I decided to take a chance and paint my bathroom door trim the same color as my accent wall– a nice bright aqua green.   I hung a curtain in the doorway because at the time it was our only bathroom.

Here is the door freshly painted and hung.  I also replaced the hinges because the previous ones had been painted over.

I had salvaged a neighbor’s bed frame from the landfill.  It was real wood, and came in handy for this project!  I cut four boards the same length.

Then I connected them to each other with pocket hole screws using my Kreg Jig.  The pocket holes would face up towards the ceiling where they would not be seen below.

I attached the cleats to the shelf I had made, painted the entire thing bright white, and attached the cleats to the walls.

It added quite a few square inches of storage! I am pleased that the space is no longer empty, wasted space.  I have filled it up with extra things like q-tips, hand towels, kleenex boxes, and toilet paper.



Before and AFTER!!









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