Check how we spent our weekend adding shelves in bathroom cabinets to create an organized storage space.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets

This morning Brent and I worked on a quick little organization project that really made me happy! Our project was adding shelves in the bathroom cabinets.

I don’t have a ton of beauty products but I do have the typical necessities and not a lot of places to store them. Don’t most bathroom cabinets seem to have so much wasted space at the top?

All of my stuff was just stacked on top of each other in one big pile on the bottom and if stuff got pushed to the back of the cabinet…well…it might as well have been lost forever as far as I was concerned.

I’ve tried to organize this area multiple times but I have found that without the proper set up, such as a designated space for each item, it doesn’t matter how many times you organize it, it quickly turns into a big messy pile again.

I am kind of embarrassed to be sharing this photo but for the sake of showing the drastic difference I feel like the shelves made, I’ll do it. Below is the disorganized mess it looked like before.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets

Brent built me two shelves in my cabinet using stuff we already had in our garage. Score! He built me one on the bottom and one at the top.

We decided to take the faux drawer above the cabinet door and add hinges to it so it could open up to a shelf we would install behind it where I could store my hair dryer and curling iron.

We have seen a few photos of this floating around on the internet but wanted to attempt to figure out our own Gray House style of making it happen.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
1. First we popped off the faux drawer. It came off really easy.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
2. Then using pliers we removed the brackets and staples from the drawer face and the cabinet.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
3. The hinges we used came with instructions saying that the center of the hole should be 2 centimeters from the edge of the board and the diameter of the hole should be 35 millimeters. So Brent measured where he needed to drill and then used the appropriate size forstner bit to drill the hole for the hinge.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
4. Brent marked a hole for the plastic screw anchor.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
5. Then he used a piece of tape to mark the depth of the cut so he would know when to stop drilling. This would prevent the drill bit from going all the way through the drawer face.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
6. With a soft faced mallet, Brent hammered in the plastic screw anchors and then attached the hinge to the drawer face with the screws.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
7. After centering the drawer face on the cabinet, he attached the other side of the hinge to the cabinet frame. We now have a functioning door.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
8. Then Brent started building the shallow shelf that would sit behind the hinged door. He used a piece of scrap wood that came from a shelf we tore down in our garage.

Bonus: it was already painted white! That was a huge time saver. He measured the width the shelf needed to be to fit in the cabinet in front of the sink.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
9. Next, he cut the shelf to size using a miter saw.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
10. He flipped the shelf over and clamped a Pocket-Hole Kreg Jig to the board and then used it to drill a pocket-hole on the bottom of the board.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
A close up of what the pocket-hole looks like.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
11. Finally, he installed the top shelf behind the hinged door. He used the same steps above for the bottom shelf as well.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
I am now storing my hair dryer and curling iron behind this secret little door. I like having these items up higher and within reach so they don’t fall towards the back of the cabinet.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
After Brent installed the bottom shelf, I finally got to organize this area like I have always wanted!

As you may be able to see, I found another use for my chalkboard tape. Ha. I found these little glass containers left over from our wedding and added some chalkboard tape labels to them and am now using them to store all my hair ties and bobby pins that were laying all over the place.

Hopefully by adding shelves in bathroom cabinets and having a place to store these things will keep them from getting lost and me having to buy new ones all the time.

Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets
It was a small project with a transformation that has a huge impact on that space. I am so happy with the results of adding shelves in bathroom cabinets and grateful Brent took the time to work on this with me. I love that each item has a designated spot to be put back and that all the space in the cabinet is now being utilized to it’s max capacity.

If you have any questions about adding shelves in bathroom cabinets, feel free to leave them in the comment section below.

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Adding Shelves in Bathroom Cabinets