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.
1/23/2015 05:13:26 am
I like the shelf. Nothing belongs on the top of a toilet tank. Sorry, mom.
Alan W Lightner
1/23/2015 05:17:16 am
It does not comport to the high-standard materials and finish of the rest of the bathroom. Incongruous seems to fit better. AL
1/23/2015 07:22:38 am
Paint some flowers and/or birds on the shelf and Suzanne will be sure to love it..?
1/23/2015 08:46:26 am
Looks good. I'd just add a plant!
Alan W Lightner
1/24/2015 03:47:17 am
Perhaps if you did an epoxied pavé of sliced agate on the top, properly selected for matching colors of the bathroom décor, then poured a resin filler to bring it all into a smooth top, that would work? Perhaps a few of your sliced fossils mixed in would work too. The risk is that it will still not comport well with the counter top materials. You'll never ask for my input again.
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