Stud Muffin

Ripping out all the walls in your bathroom has it’s pros and it’s cons. I mean, it’s sure messy, but it’s funny the things your able to see a bit better with all the walls down. Jay and I were really starting to feel like we were hitting a dead end with our storage issues in the bathroom when I was like JAY – I’ve GOT it!! I was like a kid on Christmas. I think it took a solid 20 mins for Jay to even understand what I was trying to tell him through my excited blathering. I give you, our storage solution.

Built-In Between Studs
Bathroom Built-In

Still just look like a gutted wall? Look haarrder. (That was Rafiki talking) I promise I won’t bop you on the head or sing gibberish songs. He He. How about a divine little spot for some good ole’ bathroom storage? Yep, I’ll take it! A la’ this photo. Seeing it now?

Storage Between Studs in Bathroom
Storage Between Studs

Actually, ours won’t be quite THAT stylish, with a door and all, but same idea! 🙂 First we had to decide the dimensions we wanted for the space. Obviously, your a bit constricted on either side by the studs, but we had some wall that we were able to cut out as well, to help make the area a bit wider. First we went along the stud with a sharp blade, to get an idea of the area we wanted, and then we just scored it until we were able to remove the excess plaster.

How to remove plaster
Removing Wall

After we got the area to the dimensions we wanted, we went ahead a installed the back board. We tried to find a piece of wood that was as thin as possible, because we really wanted to optimize this storage space, and make sure we had as much room as possible. We landed up going with 1/8 inch birch, which worked pretty well. Jay had some issues with it being a bit too thin when we started to shim it for the side panels, but overall, it was exactly what we were looking for. You can see that the top piece (and bottom) were a bit thicker at a 1/2 inch. The shelves were also 1/2 inch.

Bathroom Built In
Bathroom Built-in Between Studs

Since our studs were not level (go figure) shims were our go to companion throughout this built-in process 🙂 $1 for a pack of 20. It’s a good investment in my book 🙂 We just used wood glue to get the shims up, and had to let them dry completely before we installed the side panel.

How to shim
Shimming the Built-in

As we kept moving along, we realized that the studs not being level led to some other interesting issues. Like the shelves not having the same width and depth measurements on each side of the board. Insert Jay’s handiwork of a sketch 🙂 As you can see, the shelf dimensions were not consistent across. 14″ in the back, 13 13/16 in the front. Not a huge difference, but enough that there would be a noticeable gap if we didn’t address it (or they would be too large to fit).

Measuring shelves for built in
Measuring Shelves

After lots of measuring, and lots of sketching, we went out the the garage to cut the shelves to the correct dimensions. Our little chalk line came in handy to help make a line all the way across that reflected the correct measurements.

How to use a chalk line
Measuring with the Chalk Line

These days, the built-in is looking like this. Still needs paint, and storage, hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have some good after pictures of the whole shabang.

How to construct a builtin between studs
Built-In

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