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Our writer faces her sink mess head-on with a fun bathroom DIY: Cubby holes to contain the clutter.

If you're like me and your home's single bathroom is no bigger than a phone booth, it's easy for the space to quickly get out of hand. Take the photo below, for example. Hand towels, candles, lotions, shaving cream -- where can you possibly stash it all? Alas, it all gets lined up along the sink?

bathroom diyMy bathroom, pre "contain the clutter" makeover. Photo: Sara Brown


Enter the bathroom cubby holes. Cute, cheap and easy-to-assemble, they're the perfect minimalist catch-alls that look great in any type of space. Genius, right?

Here is a photo of what used to be on my bathroom wall, at left, and the sleek white cubbies that I made in their place, at right:

bathroom diyPhoto: Sara Brown


So, here's how you make them:

For each cubby you'll need four pieces of 3/4-inch-thick plywood, which you can purchase at Lowe's, Home Depot or any neighborhood hardware store. I made mine in two different sizes to house different items. The top, bottom and sides are mitered along the ends, glued together, and secured with 1 1/2-inch finishing nails.

If carpentry isn't exactly your forte, you can skip the mitering part -- instead, purchase top and bottom pieces that are 10 1/2 inches by 9 inches, and sides that are 12 inches by 9 inches. Then, glue the ends of the bottom and top boards to the inside edges of the side boards, and secure with finishing nails. Sand, prime and paint the wood. Mount a tiny hanging bracket on the back of each cubby and hang on a nail in the wall. Feel free to situate the cubbies in any way on your wall. Randomly placed or lined up in a row, they'll look great!

Sound easy? It is.

For more DIY inspiraton, check out ShelterPop writer Laura Fenton's table and bench makeover.

And check out this a video about a $100 bathroom makeover:






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