Fast Fixes: Bathroom

Build a Storage Ladder

Create stylish, freestanding storage for your bathroom with this simple project.

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Materials Needed:

  • 4’ 12"-wide shelf
  • 6' 1x2 pine board
  • 8' 1x4 pine boards (2)
  • 2 -1/2" wood screws (24)
  • 1-1/4" wood screws (10)
  • pilot hole bit to match wood screws and lag screws
  • small tube wood filler
  • 1 quart stain or 2 quarts flat paint
  • spray can exterior clear coat
  • sandpaper in medium and fine grits
  • measuring tape
  • carpenter's square
  • protractor
  • level
  • drill
  • circular saw or jigsaw Tip: Many hardware stores will make cuts complimentary with the purchase of lumber.
  • vacuum with soft-bristled brush attachment

Cut List

1x2 boards cut 55 3/8" long (front legs, ends cut at 15 degrees off square) (2)
1x2 boards cut 531/2" long (back legs) (2)
1x3 boards cut 25- 1/2" long (fronts and backs of shelves) (8)
1x2 board cut 25 1/2" long (top trim)
12” wide shelf cut 12" x 4 3/4" (top shelf cut from 12" wide shelf)
1x3 boards cut 4 3/4" long (top shelf side trim) (2)
12" wide shelf cut 12" x 8 1/2" (second shelf)
1x3 boards cut 8 1/2" long (second shelf trim) (2)
1 12" wide shelf cut 12" x 12 1/4" (third shelf)
1x3 boards cut 12 1/4" long (third shelf trim) (2)
1 12" wide shelf cut 12" x 16" (bottom shelf)
1x3 boards cut at 16" long (bottom shelf trim) (2)

Getting Started

Select boards that are straight. Tip: Pretend the board is an arrow on a bow and look down the length of the board to see if it is straight. Tip: To save time, have hardware store cut boards as directed in cut list. Work on a clean level surface large enough for the project, and always wear safety glasses and ensure proper ventilation when painting.

Trim Sides of Shelves

Pre-drill pilot holes with countersink bit on bottom edge of all trim boards. Use glue and 2-1/2" trim screws to attach side trim to shelves. Keep bottom edges flush.

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