Behind the Door Shelf

how to build a shelf for behind the door.

After taking a brake from painting the design on that wall, I'm now ready to continue working on updating the kids bathroom.

This time I decided to create a very shallow shelf  to put right behind the door. It would serve two purposes, decorative and storage item.

I had that mirror, the one at the right, to kind of fill that empty space but I didn't like it. The other one on the left is the medicine cabinet, it's storage space, than means it stays.

And this is the way the wall looks after painting the geometric design, for instructions on how to do that you can click HERE.
how to make a design on wall - DIY STENCIL

So, my design included a place for the magazines, little compartments for my daughter to display the soaps she likes to use, and for decorative items to be placed on the shelves.
bathroom storage for magazines and others

The material I used was 1x4 boards of poplar.  Even though they call them 1x4, the exact measurement for this boards is 3/4" thick x 3.5" wide.  You can also use the 1x3 if your space behind the door is smaller.

The total cost for the 16' of material were around $16 because I bought it from a Lumber company, if you go to HD or Lowes the prices for sure are going to be way higher than that.
The general dimensions for my shelf are: 54"x22"x3.5"  but the good thing when you build something is that you can do it whatever way you want to.

For connecting the inside shelves a nail gun was used.

For the main frame I used the Kreg, to create strong joints.
Kreg jigg

After putting it together it was time for paint. It was spray painted orange, one of the accent colors in the bath.

The final part was to place some bars to keep the magazines in place.  There, a strip of zinc bought at HD for under $3 a 72" strip was used (they are the ones you used on shelves to hold the shelves in place).

To hang the shelf onto the wall I made sure it was screwed to at least one stud on the wall, for the other side I used anchors.  One of this brackets was placed on each of the four corners:

And here the final pics:
How to

I like how well the metallic strips holding the magazines go with the wall design.

The orange and blue combo go so well, energizing this kids space.

These cactuses were in my kids bedrooms, I "stole" them, changed the containers for this pretty cans from the dollar store that I spray painted.  Btw, that's the only kind of plant that has survived in their rooms!

The WASH letters from Michael's $1.50 each.  My son keeps on re-arranging the letters so it reads MASH, SHAM, HAMS, and he thinks is so funny!

My daughter's pretty and smelly soaps.

A very easy to construct shelf that gives you storage and when the door closes it becomes art ;)

Click HERE to see the complete bath makeover.

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  1. i totally L-U-V it! i was thinking about doing the something similiar but wasnt sure how it would look - i'm SSSOOOO doing it now! also can you tell me the brand and color of the orange spray paint? i have lamps that i want that exact color - the other orange i have isn't it.

  2. Muy lindo, me encanta como para poner revistas....que buena idea!!!!

  3. Well, aren't you just a handy little girl? Love it-bright, cute AND functional! GREAT job! xo Diana

  4. Hi Michelle,
    The Orange Paint is: Rust-Oleum, Painter's Touch, Ultra Cover, Gloss, Real Orange.
    I bought it at HD.

  5. I love the wall and the painted are really handy:) Turned out great!

  6. Followed over from Funky Junk. I never thought of putting a shelf behind the door. I do use that space for extra vertical storage (I actually have a door behind a door in the guest bedroom -don't ask!) I'm showing this idea to my husband tomorrow - it seems like something he would like in his study. Thanks for the tutorial.

  7. You are doing such a wonderful job with this bathroom! The shelf is beautiful! The orange color just finished that space and I love the way you decorated it! Very pretty!

  8. Wow...great way to use that space! Very cute and clever :) Laurel

  9. This is fabulous - love the colors and the great way you used that space!

  10. Very fun, and great use of space. I love the color!

  11. First of all, I LOVE how you painted the wall. The orange shelf is wonderful, adding a great pop of color as well as display space. What a great job!
    Mary Alice

  12. Lovely! Very creative :)
    Greetings from Australia♥

  13. This turned out great! What a good idea! Love the bright color! Those metal strips on the bottom are a great idea too!

  14. Wow I love this! I wasn't sure if you could add storage behind a door like this, great to know because I have a super small bathroom that is hurting for some extra storage.

  15. This looks fantastic! What a great idea for unused space. The color is beautiful. Megan

  16. I love this idea, and I love the colors. Cool.

  17. Cristina,

    You are so handy! You amaze me.

  18. Good idea and great execution. Well done!

  19. Hi Cristina: I'm Connie at, your new GFC friend. I would love it if you stop by and be mine, too.
    This shelf is amazing.. My boyfriend will not let me touch his tools, and he's got them all. Thank you for sharing.

  20. I just adore this so much! And, once again, am amazed at your tool using skills my bloggy friend...

    And the colors are seriously energizing. And your thumbnail totally popped out at me at At The Picket Fence's party!



  21. Totally awesome! I love the metal you used!


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