Boost Bathroom Storage With Custom Shelving

About The Course

Even the most spacious bathroom needs a little extra help storing essentials, keeping you organizing, or displaying decor. In this course:

- build an over-the-toilet shelf with a basic tool box

- access a downloadable cut and planning sheet

- use a miter box to make cuts without a power saw

- customize building plans to fit your space

Professor Bio

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Isabelle LaRue

Isabelle LaRue is the creator of the award-winning DIY home design show “Engineer Your Space.” Affectionately referred to as “MacGyver and Martha Stewart’s love child,” Isabelle's clever projects and knack for breaking down everything into manageable, easy-to-understand steps has made her YouTube channel hugely popular with millions of views and her website,, a favorite destination for DIY enthusiasts. It’s no surprise that her smart, stylish, and affordable designs have been featured on,, and You can see more from Isabelle on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.

Lesson: 1

Laying the Groundwork

Get a bird's eye view of your project before you even pick up a saw. Take a look at this beautiful finished project and you'll be ready to get started on your own project in no time. Plus, download the Resource Guide to help you shop for all the materials you'll need to build this shelf.

Lesson: 2

Gathering Your Gear

Wary of power tools? Never fear. This amazing bathroom storage unit can be built almost entirely without power tools. What you'll need instead is a basic toolbox filled with items like a handsaw and miter box. Learn what to look for at the hardware store, and download your cut sheet here.

Lesson: 3

Assembling the Cabinet

Now that your boards are cut and ready to go, you're ready to put them together. Isabelle demonstrates the fastest and easiest way to build out the cabinet, using a combination of wood glue and clamps, as well as screws.

Lesson: 4

Giving Your Cabinet a Strong Finish

To give your homemade cabinet a classic shabby chic finish, you'll need to use a combination of colors. But first, a little elbow grease goes into the project. Isabelle shows how it's done.

Materials List

  • - Drill
  • - 1/8" drill bit
  • - Speed square
  • - Tape measure
  • - Miter box
  • - Saw
  • - Utility knife
  • - Bar clamp
  • - Iron
  • - Wood glue
  • - Wood filler
  • - Sandpaper
  • - 1x2" pine board
  • - 2" Furring strips
  • - 1 1/4" and 2" long screws
  • - 1/2" wide plywood
  • - Iron-on birch wood veneer edging
  • - Chalk paint
  • - Gray wood tint
  • - Paintbrushes
  • - Lint-free rags
  • - White wax
  • - Wall anchor kit