Monday, August 24, 2009

Bathroom Project

Summer, as always , has flown by way too fast. Some projects have been finished and others delayed or forgotten.
Last year our neighbor came by with these great wooden crates.
"Sure, we'll take them", both Notanseladams and I said.
And they sat on the back deck for a year.
I knew I would eventually come up with a great idea for them...eventually...eventually.
We finally did a few 'pick-me-ups' in the bathroom( that's right..THE bathroom, as in the ONLY bathroom in our house.) New visitors are always a little surprised to see that the Powder Room is also the BATH ROOM...literally. Yes , we have raised four children to well-adjusted young-adulthood on ONE bathroom.
Would it shock you to hear that I was raised with SEVEN brothers and sisters in house with...steady now...ONE bathroom!
Anyway....I finally saw that with a little tweaking , the crates would make great storage in the bathroom.

They were so dry they sucked up several coats of primer.

I used Muralo Ultra , the paint we used for the wainscoting , as the finish. It has a hard ,semi-gloss finish and has stood up well for the last few years. I touch up the paint on the wainscoting every now and then..and it always looks like new.

Because they will be in the bathroom, I did a couple coats of the finish , too.

I found casters at Lowes......

And attached them to the four corners.

I drilled thick holes in the front...sprayed brass grommets with a silver finish...

I bought a yard or so of rope at Home Depot. Pushed grommet fronts into the holes I drilled , and inserted the rope. A knot in the back secures the rope as handles.

And.... Voila....I have two wonderful storage bins that fit perfectly under the old piano bench (with sawed off legs) in the bathroom.

The rest of the story.....I have six more of theses crates.
Any ideas?!?!?!?!?!?!?


  1. The new crates look great!

    Thanks too for dropping by my blog.


  2. Firstly I dont know how you survived with one bathroom with that many kids around. Secondly, what a fabulous job you have done with these. They look fantastic.

  3. Wonderful work, I'm envious! Ciao, have a nice day.

  4. Diann, I forgot to mention (in the haze and heat of Saturday) to you how great these looked!! You are too creative, and where do you get the energy?!?!! And, for the record, I think people are WAY too crazy about bathrooms!! Really? Two sinks, a tub and a shower in a room the size of my living room? Really? Why does it have to be big enough for two people at once? I have been married for almost 20 years, and I can count the number of times we have been in that bathroom together....never mind the children!!

  5. What a fabulous idea! You are so creative! I love that you took something and made it so usable...and not to mention chic!

  6. Great project! 5* thanks for stopping by my blog today.

  7. Great work!!! Love this idea and I love it to change things, so I like this post very very much!