Recently I had the idea that having a couple of tissue boxes sitting directly on the top of the toilet tank in the hall bathroom was not very attractive - bordering on unsightly. Without consulting my lovely wife, I considered various solutions. One might be designing and installing a stone extension of the vanity top, but that would be expensive and probably not match well. I considered having a piece of tempered glass made-to-fit and securing it in a wall-mount bracket, but both the glass and track are also expensive. Then I came across 1/4" aluminum U-channel at Lowe's and 1/4" solid oak that fits snuggly into the U-channel. All under twenty bucks.! So I purchased the materials and quickly cut, finished and installed the metal and wood - voila, an almost instant shelf to hold the boxes.
Upon revealing my brilliant-yet-simple improvement to my wife I was informed that it looks "tacky." She opined that the boxes sitting directly on the tank-top looked better and there was no reason to make any changes.
Your opinion is sought. What do you think is the most attractive and utilitarian way to handle the situation? Shelf? No shelf? No boxes? ??? Please enter your thoughts under the COMMENTS feature of this blog.
Wendy is right, the shelf was lacking flora. I purchased a Lucky Bamboo which does not require direct sunlight. (see additional photo)
In response to Alan's comment regarding "high-standard materials" I added photos of the adjacent medicine cabinet I built of the same oak wood. Al was overly complimentary of the materials used in the remodel. The shelf and med cabinet are cousins.
It's been freezing most of the time since New Year's Day. We had freezing rain on Jan. 1st. (Photo above) Then it warmed for a couple of days- into the 50's, then back to freezing. Fortunately we have had little precipitation, so no ice or snow on the roads or walkways. I bought some "ice shoes" last fall that strap on over regular shoes, since I have twice slipped on ice and torn a rotator cuff. Have not had to try them yet. Below are some additional pix from Jan. 1st freezing rain - the ice is on a wild blackberry plant that I cut from a field across the road from the RV park we stayed at in Salem and planted in a pot on our deck. I cut two plants with roots, one in Salem and one in Medford; the Medford plant did not make it home in the Big Gulp cup I used for transplanting, but the Salem plant did well on the road and has grown substantially since being replanted in Denton. I have great hopes for it this spring.
Last Friday we had several days with the temperature staying below freezing. But with no recent precip, the ground is dry and no danger of slipping or any driving difficulty. On the right is our bird bath on the 10th. It is now thawed and the temperatures are slowly creeping upward.
But my workshop is heated, so I am able to work. I do most of my wire wrapping in the house on a wood lap-table that I built for that purpose (see pix under Woodwork tab). I also go onto the wood shop at the Denton Senior Center to use their larger saws, drill presses, belt sanders, lathe, etc. And of course go into Plano (Dallas suburb) to use the large rock saws at the rock club. I volunteered for the position of club secretary this year, so I have to attend a board meeting and a general meeting every month. So things are busy in spite of the winter cold. In fact, I'd rather go out in the winter cold than the summer heat.
I am still trying new show venues to find those that provide the most effective exposure for my works.