Dear AT, My boyfriend and I will soon be moving in to our first house. It's a very small 1938 brick ranch in Royal Oak, Michigan. We love everything about it, including the original bathroom, except the complete lack of storage. There's literally not even a place to put toothpaste and toothbrushes! As you can see in the picture, there's lots of wallspace above and to either side of the sink (the toilet's behind the door). I'm wondering if you (or any fellow AT junkies) know where I can find shallow (6 inches max) large wall cabinets... There's a plethora of ugly medicine cabinets on the market, a semi-attractive one might work above the sink, but I'm looking for something much larger, perhaps several feet wide by five feet tall, for next to the sink. Something with lots of shelves where we can store everything from toilet paper rolls and cleaning products to skin and bath products. Oh, and it would be great if I could get it for under 500 bucks! (Wishful thinking, I'm sure.) Thanks in advance and keep up the good work, Caroline P.S. We also plan on changing the lighting and the paint to tone down all that peach tile! Dear Caroline, We're opening this one up to the "AT junkies" who perhaps came away from April's Bathroom Month with some answers for you. We think your problem may best find its solution in a custom-built unit, so you can get the exact materials and shallow dimensions you need and want. A basic wood shelving/storage system could be all you need. If you are in or near Chicago (yikes, we don't know where are you moving to Michigan from!), Wood World would be a great place to browse for materials. In addition to placing shallow shelves/cabinets around your sink, you might also consider using the area above and around your window, which may give you less restriction on shelving depth. AT junkies, please help Caroline!
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