Everyone needs more bathroom storage, but adding to an already cramped space can be a challenge. We have a pedestal sink in our main bathroom, so our only storage was the medicine cabinet behind the mirror and two itty-bitty shelves. The medicine cabinet is packed to the gills, and one shelf was so small and awkward, it could only fit my hair dryer and brushes.
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I was so desperate for more bathroom storage, I bought this corner cabinet less than a month after we moved into our house. Then it sat in the basement while other projects, such as replacing the rotting deck, took priority. But my dad came to visit earlier this month, so it was time to dust off the bathroom cabinet and get that baby installed!
The first thing my dad noticed when we started the project was how sharp the back corner of the cabinet was, and how not sharp the corner of our wall is. We have crazy texture on our bathroom walls, so we needed to flatten the cabinet corner so it would sit closer to the wall.
Luckily, my dad brought me a present: my (step)grandfather’s old plane tool, which my dad had sharpened for me. I’m glad he put it in his checked baggage, because that thing would never be allowed through a TSA checkpoint! After a few passes with the plane, the corner was flat enough to fit snugly against the wall.
Next, my dad recommended that we caulk the back of the cabinet before we install it. This way, the caulk can squish into the texture of the wall right along the edge of the cabinet to form a barrier. This barrier would prevent the finishing caulk from getting sucked in behind the cabinet, resulting in a straighter line. He used his finger to guide the caulk gun along the edge of the cabinet.
Finally, my dad suggested we switch out the flimsy little screws that came with the cabinet for attaching it to the wall. The last thing I wanted was for someone to get knocked out by a falling cabinet while they were doing their business in our bathroom! We picked up some heavy duty wall anchors and screws, which was a vast improvement. One of the screw holes in the cabinet lined up with a stud, making the installation even more secure.
I attached the cabinet to the wall while my dad held it in place, making sure to line up the holes in the cabinet with the wall anchors we had installed. Then we added more caulk where the cabinet meets the wall. One last tip from my dad: use a butter knife wrapped in a damp paper towel to clear out any caulk buildup on the inside corners.
I was so excited to finally have more bathroom storage space, I started loading the cabinet up with stuff right away. But something was bothering me…
You could still see all our junk through the glass door! I solved this problem by attaching some privacy window film with a rice paper texture to the inside of the glass. Much better!
I love that I was able to double our bathroom storage for less than $100, and it fits perfectly within the existing wall tile. This solution was much cheaper and simpler than removing the pedestal sink and installing a vanity. If you have an empty corner in your bathroom, this type of storage might be exactly what you need!