April 14, 2015

Project: Master Bathroom Update with Shutters and Storage


master bathroom update with storage and diy shutters

Hello friends! We've made a few update to our master bathroom since we moved in that have made such a difference in the space!  I absolutely adore my spacious bathroom, but there are a few things that I knew we needed right away in order to make the space work for us; shutters and storage!

master bathroom update with storage and diy shutters

This is the giant window over the tub in our master bathroom.  It offers a beautiful view to our backyard, the horses running in the fields, and the equestrian/walking trail that runs behind our home.  It brings in so much beautiful natural light in the bathroom.  What it doesn't offer is a lot of privacy!  I am not a huge fan of blinds, and plantation shutters are a bit pricey, so I needed to find another solution for this window.  I considered cafe curtains, but found nothing that I liked.  Then, I saw my friend and neighbor's blog, Amy's Casablanca, with her homemade shutters and I knew Kevin could build them and I LOVED them! They were the perfect solution.  They looked beautiful, offered plenty of privacy when needed, and yet could be opened to let in more light, and we could build them ourselves for a fraction of the price of plantation shutters! Win! Win! Win!

master bathroom update with storage and diy shutters

When we moved in, we hung up a sheet in the window to get us by, but Kevin quickly set to work and had them built within a few months.  The first ones he built were the ones in the toilet room. With only one set, they were his test run.  He built them out of MDF Trim and board that was already primed.  He also trimmed out the top and sides of the windows to give something to attach the hinges to and make the window look nicer (I hope to do this to all the windows in the house eventually).

master bathroom update with storage and diy shutters

Kevin built the shutters for the main window after working out the kinks and I absolutely adore how they turned out! I love that I can close the bottom for privacy, but have the top open to let in plenty of light.  I love the black hardware he chose.  It goes perfectly with the room and really makes a statement with the stark contrast to the white shutters and trim.

Even with our bathroom being so large, we don't have much storage in there.  We each get two drawers and a small cabinet under our sinks and I have a makeup drawer in the middle.  I was finding it difficult to find a place to put our extra towels and toiletries.  With the 5 kids sharing one bathroom, a lot of their extras are in the linen closet in the hallway, and there really wasn't room for our stuff too.  For a little white we were putting it up in the top of our closet, but that wasn't working either.  Then I found this great cabinet at Target.com.

master bathroom update with storage and diy shutters

The cabinet was perfect for our needs.  It was tall and thin and fit in the space we had between the door to our bedroom and our closet door.  It had a cabinet with glass and a cabinet that could hide things. And it had another drawer! Perfect! I purchased it and as soon as it came put it together!

master bathroom update with storage and diy shutters

In the top section with glass, I store our extra bath towels, hand towels, and wash cloths.  It is so much more convenient to grab them out of this cabinet rather than have to get a chair and climb into the to[ of the closet to grab a new wash cloth (I'm too short to reach the upper shelves!)

master bathroom update with storage and diy shutters

The bottom cabinet holds a lot of my extra toiletries and items that I use on a regular basis, but not daily.

master bathroom update with storage and diy shutters

The little drawer conveniently holds extra razors, lipsticks, and my stash of Homemade Peppermint Lip Balm.

master bathroom update with storage and diy shutters

master bathroom update with storage and diy shutters

These couple of changes have really transformed our space and made it work much better for us.  I love that they are not only functional changes, but they look great as well!

What changes have you made to your bathroom to function better? I'd love to see them!



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5 comments:

  1. That cabinet is super cute Amanda. I have been trying to decide if I should get one for my master bath. Brock did build some shelves about our toilet that are super cute:)

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    1. I would love to see your shelves. We had shelves above our toilet in our last house and they were great for storing all the extras. But this house as the window above the toilet, so no storage there! Thanks for commenting!

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  2. Fabulous! I really love that tall cabinet! I need one of those in my bathroom!

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  3. I love the shutters and tall cabinet. I am in need of some help with my master bath, and this was perfect. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. Great job adding extra storage. We created an extra storage space for towels. We used a four section storage shelf and roll the towels to offset the "squareness" of the storage space. I do like the cafe style shutters but I would highly recommend next time you go with plantation shutters. You can also use them to let in just the right amount of light.

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