Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Tub Caddy Medicine Shelf
Materials: 2 Molger bathroom organizers, several chunks of scrap wood, measuring tape or yardstick, 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper, plexiglass, screws (molly bolts if needed), drill, hammer and a nail, screw driver, level, and adhesive rubber shelf stoppers
Description: 1. Lie the two Molgers next to one another on their long edges. You have the option of either creating shelving so that the inside "basket" of the caddy faces inward or outward. Just be sure to be consistent when drilling your holes. Using the drill, prep your Molger bath caddy by drilling two holes 8 1/8" apart on one of the long sides of the caddy. Repeat on the other caddy. I found it helpful to stuff some blocks of spare wood under the edge on which I was drilling.
2. Hold one of the Molger against the wall vertically and, using the level, mark where it will go. Don't forget to mark your hole locations on the wall! Hold the opposite Molger the desired distance away from the first marks, and mark where it will go, as well.
3. Drill holes into your wall. Insert molly bolts if they're needed.
4. Screw the screws part way through the holes in the Molgers and then line them up with the holes in your wall. Screw the Molgers into your walls. Be sure that they're facing the same direction ("basket" in or "basket" out)!
4. Once they're up, use your measuring tape or yardstick to determine how wide your plexiglass shelves will need to be and how many you'll want. You will want some of the plexiglass to stick out beyond the slats so that the shelf will stay in place. For example, from inner edge to inner edge, my Molgers are set 11 1/4" apart, but I opted for 15" shelves so that I'd have some overhang.
5. Regardless of how long you want your shelves they will need to be 4 1/2" wide. If you purchase your plexiglass at Lowes, they will cut it for you for free. Home Depot is not legally allowed to cut plexiglass anymore, but you can still purchase it there. I chose to have a Lowes employee cut it for me.
6. Once your plexiglass is cut, sand the edges with your 1000 grit wet/dry sand paper. First do it dry, then finish off with a wet sand. If your hardware store doesn't have 1000 grit, try an auto supply store (it's used for buffing headlights).
7. Slide your plexiglass shelves into the Molgers, resting them on the slats at their desired heights. You can stick the adhesive shelf stoppers to the underside of each shelf on either the interior or exterior, so long as you're consistent. This will prevent the shelves from randomly slipping out.