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How to build a toilet shelf

Turn your toilet roll holder into a place that holds more than just toilet rolls. Perfect for books, magazines or maybe an air freshener.

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Step 1: Cut Your Timber

Mark up and cut your pine board with two 300mm lengths for the sides and two 260mm lengths for the top and bottom.

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Step 2: Clamp and Drill Guide Holes

Using a clamp with at least 300mm reach, clamp the sides of the shelf together. Then drill guide holes.

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Step 3: Screw the Sides Together

Screw the structure together using the 30mm screws.

Handy Hint
Make sure that you don’t drive the screws in too hard – it could split the timber. First, drill guide holes. Then drive the screws in. Make sure they go in far enough that they countersink below the surface leaving a shallow divot in the timber.

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Step 4: Fill the Holes Over the Screws

Take a small daub of timber filler to cover over the screws. Use a putty knife or paint scraper to smooth the filler out, keeping it level with the timber surface.

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Step 5: Sand the Filler Flat

Once the timber filler has dried, sand it so that you have a totally flat surface.

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Step 6: Paint the Shelf

Paint the shelf using an acrylic paint.

Handy Hint
If you use the same colour you used to paint the wall, the shelf will be less visually obvious in the room.

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Step 7: Mark Up the Wall Over the Toilet Roll Holder

Using a spirit level, make marks 20mm above and 110mm either side of the centre of the toilet roll holder.

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Step 8: Screw the “L” Brackets Into the Wall.

Line each “L” bracket up with the marks you’ve just made and screw them into the wall.

Handy Hint
If you’re screwing into plaster board, drill guide holes where the screws will go and then use a screwdriver to screw nylon wall anchors. This will increase the wall’s capacity to handle the load of the shelf.

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Step 9: Mount the Shelf and Screw It Onto the “L” Brackets

Place the shelf onto the “L” brackets, drill a couple of shallow guide holes and screw the shelf on.

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