I put an Ikea Shelf above the doorway between my living room and kitchen. You…
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!!