Installing Custom Glass ShelvesThe niches over the bathtub are pretty large, and I thought they looked unfinished when just left painted. So I tiled them with marble hexagon tile. Read all about that DIY. To really complete the niches I wanted to install glass shelves to provide a place for personalized decor and pretty bath items. At first I thought I would get glass shelves “off-the-shelf” from a retail store that sells bath hardware. That didn’t seem like it would work very well, because standard glass shelves sold in stores were too small for my niches and that would look awkward. I decided I would have to find a way to get custom sized glass shelves for my niches. I had no idea if this was possible without a contractor or professional, but luckily I was able to find a company online who could make the glass shelves to your specs and ship them to you! The company is One Day Glass. I measured the niches very carefully, because the last thing I wanted was for the shelves to arrive and not fit. I also determined I would place the shelves evenly apart, two in each niche, so I made sure to take the measurements at those positions in case they were slightly different. The depths of the niches also weren’t exactly the same, so being able to specify different dimensions for every shelf came in very handy. I went with slightly thicker shelves, ⅜ inch, because my niches are wide and I wanted the shelves to look and feel substantial. Ordering them online was easy, and they were shipped to me in about a week. The shelves I got are very solid and heavy, and the glass is clear and flawless. The edges are nicely finished, which you can also specify how you want them finished. Overall, I think it’s a great option if you need custom glass shelves. The part I didn’t think too much about until after ordering the glass shelves was how to actually install them. Since the back of the niche was tiled I didn’t want to drill holes into the marble. Instead I decided to install shelf brackets of some sort into each side of the niche and slide the glass shelves in. The question was where to get these shelf brackets. Again, I searched online. These were a bit harder to find. First of all, they were way more expensive than I was expecting them to be. Some were sold per bracket and I needed 16. Also, I was hoping to get polished chrome brackets. After some searching I finally settled on these stainless steel ones*, because they were more reasonable in price and they were a slim profile so they wouldn’t stand out too much. Since I wouldn’t be able to see too much of the bracket once installed I was fine with the stainless steel. These brackets would also not be in a wet area so I wasn’t as concerned with rusting. Here are the brackets and glass shelves installed!
Choosing Bath Wall HardwareI wanted to replace two towel rings, a toilet paper holder, and add two new wall hooks. There was nothing wrong with the hardware the builder put in, I just wanted a different style to better complement the rest of the updates. I wanted hardware that looked classic and timeless, but still modern. I didn’t want anything vintage-looking, too industrial, too modern and cold, too trendy, or too traditional. I also wanted hardware that looked expensive in polished chrome and not chintzy. Seems pretty straightforward, but I guess I was pretty picky, because it took me a really long time to find a set of bath hardware I really liked. I had been looking long before this project started! It came down to two styles. I really liked Restoration Hardware’s Asbury collection.
Styling the BathroomI personally think styling a bathroom is hard compared to other rooms in the house. In my newly updated bathroom I didn’t want to get bath accessories that looked like bath accessories. I wanted the decor to be personalized and not matchy-matchy just like how I would decorate other rooms in my house. Except all the stores would have you believe that you really need the bar soap dish, the liquid soap dispenser, the tissue box holder, and the toothbrush holder to match your shower curtain and bath mat. No, we don’t want that. Instead, I thought about my bathroom the way I would think about my living room or bedroom.
- To create a cohesive look I stuck to a neutral and light color palette of silver, white, and watery blues. I brought in silver frames with photos for a personal touch. I used sea-inspired, blue glass vases and soaps for a calm and spa-like feel.
- I paid attention to the materials and texture of the décor. The glass shelves and accessories keep it light and airy, reflect light, and let the marble tiles show through. White towels add softness to a space with a lot of hard and cold materials. Glass jars display pretty bathroom items and keep them tidy.
- I brought in a natural touch with flowers like orchids and peonies, taking into consideration the type of flower and how it adds to the design. Orchids are luxurious and glamorous flowers. They also last a long time, especially in the humid bathroom environment. The peonies are feminine and also luxurious because of their size and short season. The white is consistent with the color palette. These ones in particular are low maintenance because they are faux!
The RevealBefore – Beige walls and a lack of style or personality.
What I didn’t get doneOf course it wasn’t all flowers and pink nail polish. Most of the time the bathroom was chaos with ladders and tools everywhere. There were a few things I just didn’t quite get to and have been added to the to do list.
- Yes there is another side to this bathroom with the shower and other vanity, but it looks more like a staging area. I had all my decor out all over the counter as I styled and it still looks like this.
- I didn’t get around to getting an electrician in to see if we could do a pendant light over the tub.
- Some of the glass shelf brackets didn’t come in time so I only got glass shelves installed in one niche. Post Update – They’re in!
- The towel rings are on backorder. Post Update – They’re in!
- Instead of bath rugs I wanted a real rug in here but I couldn’t really decide on one so that’s still outstanding.