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Monday, December 30, 2013

DIY Plate Rack in the Bathroom.Plumbing issues resolved.

The Big Cover-Up ...

Just before Thanksgiving, we had some serious plumbing issues which resulted in abandoning all the leaking copper pipe in the foundation and running new water lines through the attic. 

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This left us with numerous areas where they had to cut large holes in the walls to get to the connections. We had from two to six plumbers here every day for at least seven days. 

This wall is where they accessed the pipes that service the tub/shower/toilet in the main bath. More holes were cut in the wall behind the toilet. 

This was in our office where they had to access the pipes to the lavatory in this bath. These walls were plastered, so an easy fix.

Putting it all back together ... 
Walls that were wallpapered were the biggest challenge because I did not have any more paper and I did not want to put up new paper. I was able to take some paper from this wall to patch the wall behind the toilet ... (I hope)

This is the entry to the main bath which I wanted to have looking decent for Christmas. The door is off now and you can see the hinges. I had the drywall man plaster up four feet because I planned to put wainscoting or something with hooks to hang towels ...
but scrapped that idea and went with this ...

... a narrow plate rack shelf

My inspiration.    
I had seen this in Bre's kitchen tour at Rooms For Rent
and thought it would work for this space for magazines, art and maybe towels. I printed out the picture and that was my work sheet.

It will be behind the door when the door is open and was made to fit that space without the door hitting it.
(Details at bottom of post)

2" wide shelf is just enough space for a few small books 
and a picture.
I did this charcoal drawing of a sleepy little kitten in 1973 and she has spent most of her life in a closet. Now she is out to be enjoyed. 

Same height as the door and can still see wall paper at the top.

I printed out a sign "Life is Good ... Hot Water ... Clean Towels" but have not had time to make a painted sign.

Not room to back up and get a full length picture.

The shabby pink piece is an architectural salvage from a cabinet. 

I sat a decorative wooden piece on the top and added some items of interest.  (actually it is the top of a chair back)
 The vintage pink frame makes a nice place to display pictures ... just clipped to the hanging wire.

The Santa graphic came from Karen at Graphic Fairy that I printed it on a sheet music graphic from Knick of Time.

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Standing at the vanity; this is the reflection in the mirror.
Sorry, no natural light for pictures.

Shelf details ...

 Size: 80" tall ... 33" wide ... 2½" total depth. 
2" display space in the shelves.
I bought a 4'x8' piece of 3/8" thick unfinished exterior bead-board paneling.  Two 1" x 4" x 8' pine boards for the side and top frame ... and four 1" x 4" x 36" pieces for the shelves. Several pieces of screen molding for the facing on the shelf and the brace across the shelf and used a ¾"x¼" shoe mold that I had on hand to finish off the exposed side.  I cut everything to size and primed and painted them before assembly. Sanded and then re-painted after I had it assembled. Frame and shelf boards had to be ripped to size. This shelf is just screwed to the wall and can be removed if needed. 

Shelves can be spaced to meet your personal needs. 

This little piece was added to hold the screen mold brace. 

If you have any questions or want more details, please ask.

Hope to inspire ... Thanks for the visit and hope you will let me know you were here. 

Blessings and HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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  1. Audrey, I feel your pain. We have been through two major plumbing problems, but I love the hiding behind the door storage shelf. You did a great job with the displays. The kitten drawing is adorable. Of course the shabby pink piece is my favorite.

  2. Repairing those plumbing causes huge hole - ouch! Been there (but NOT to the degree you experienced). Great wall solution and great display in your bathroom. You invent such great solutions. Love the pink mirror/picture frame turned display. Happy New Year Audrey.

  3. This turned out great!
    Way to go...we call this working wonders with rotten cucumbers!
    Started out with bad plumbing and a pain for sure; but you got so creative with your fix. Plus you have extra display for what would otherwise be closet clutter, you know?
    That kitten is cute.
    Have a great week and happy new year Audrey!

  4. My gosh, have you been busy or what?!!! I love this idea Audrey. It's perfect....and the finished work is perfection. Is that wainscoting? Oh, and adore the kitty sketch.

    Happy New Year.

  5. I love what you did with it!! It fits perfect in the space, and I love how you put art and books in it :) So stylish !! Great job! ~Bre

  6. What a hassle but glad you got all the plumbing fixed. I love how creative you were with the shelf. Love the drawing of the kitten and glad you have decided to display it.
    Have a Happy Creative New Year!

  7. Wow...too bad about the mess you were in but this fix is AMAZING! You did an awesome job! Happy New Year!

  8. Audrey, this is GENIUS! I'll be looking for a place to do this in my house, seriously, I'm about to make my husband look at this and add it to the honey-do list, lol. I love this!!! Definitely featuring this on the Link Party Features Pinterest Board, everyone needs to see this. I hate that you had all the plumbing problems, but the Lord works things together for the good... Also, I really love how you decorated it. The chair back on top, also genius. Thanks so much for joining my History & Home party, the very best to you in 2014 -Dawn @ We Call It

  9. Audrey, I absolutely love the way you solved that problem. The plate rack shelf is awesome and I'd love to do something like that in my house.

  10. I think you would have to do more to inspire me! You would have to give me some of your talent! That turned out really lovely. My, what a nightmare to have all those holes put in your walls! I probably would just sit down and cry! You solved it so nicely! Nancy

  11. Audrey, I think it turned out wonderful! An unexpected fun element in a bathroom. I love the pink architectural piece! Your kitty sketch is wonderful and I love all of the little touches. So glad that you've got those plumbing problems behind you!

  12. OMG!!!! I love,love,love this idea!!! What a clever solution to such a horrible problem. Now I'm looking around thinking do I have a spot to do that? LOL
    Have a great weekend!

  13. Hi Audrey...
    Yes, your comment form is the embedded form with Blogger, so I checked just now to see if your blog through Internet Explorer only loads your title header and your blog posts don't load at all. So, if you take out the navbar and I showed, then when you load IE again, your embedded comment form should work in ALL browsers for those that tend to use anything but Firefox. I am using Firefox to leave this comment. Once you disable the navbar [turn it off] I'll check IE for you and let you know.

  14. What an awesome idea Audrey! That must feel great to be organized. Happy New Year!

  15. This is such a great idea, Audrey! And you're quite the wonderful artist!!
    Mary Alice

  16. Wow! I love this! And thanks for the directions...I may have to give that a try...and I'm glad your little kitten is out and about to bring many smiles! All the best to you and yours for 2014! Aloha

    1. So happy to have you visit and thanks for the nice comment. Your email is -no-reply so hope you see this reply.
      Audrey Z.

    2. Audrey, I love it! I've thought about making a plate rack often and am glad to have your directions now! I'll be featuring you this week at Knick of Time Tuesday!

  17. Thanks Angie ... thanks for the nice comment and so honored that you will be featuring this project.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  18. Oh what a mess! I love your solution though. It is just darling.

  19. Hello Audrey,
    I saw you on my friend, Deserae's blog. You have a lovely blog, and I can see you have many treasures on here. While I was reading, I noticed you grew up in a family of seven children. My husband is from a family of 10, so I really know the ups and downs of a large family. I am from a family of 5, which was great growing up. Me and my daughters also have a blog, and we would love it if you could visit us and follow. I would love to see more of your treasures, as I think antiques and items passed down to us are so special. I hope to hear from you, and have a sweet day.

    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  20. Visiting from Knick of Time. Love what you're done. Very clever use of space and problem solving!

  21. Wow! It came out so nice!!!! Great job! I love that you included how to build the plate rack.

  22. so sorry about the plumbing, audrey. but i really love your shelf idea, and pinned it for my husband to see. bre was your inspiration, and now, you are mine:) thanks for sharing!

  23. Fabulous job Audrey! What a great idea!!! I may have to steal this... I mean copy this :)


  24. Love this project Audrey! I want to put one somewhere in my home!

  25. So sorry about the plumbing but something pretty came from it. Your new display wall is wonderful. What a great idea. You're quite an artist too!
    Thanks for visiting me and following. I truly appreciate it!
    Take care,

    Cynthia's Vintage in VA

  26. Well you certainly found a Creative way to camoflauge the damage and make things Interesting and Beautiful in spite of the plumbing disaster, well done! Living in a Historic Home we have had more than our share of Creative cover-ups as things had to be replaced, repaired, restored, re-everything... *LOL*, it is certainly a Labor of Love to live in an Old House, but so worth it.

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

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