Herringbone Bathroom Bins

I've been thinking about storage bins on our floating bathroom shelves for many moons nows. I wanted our storage bins to have textural interest like our pebble backsplash, trim tile, and mirror and lo and behold, I came across Ashley of naptimediy.com's gorgeous herringbone storage box tutorial using shims. The herringbone pattern that I love + texture from the angled shims = Win! :)

The best news? They were a simple 10 steps to make from start to finish!




Using leftover plywood, paint, and stain, this bin cost me $4 in new purchases to make.

  • 1/2" plywood - 2 @ 6.5" x 8" + 1 @ 16" x 8"(already owned)
  • 1/4" plywood - 2 @ 16" x 8" (already owned)
  • 2 packs cedar shims ($4)

  • Ryobi 7.5" Miter Saw (already owned)
  • Finish nails, Titebond III, hammer (already owned)
  • Scrap wood for stop block (already owned)





This bin is tall and will hopefully hide our bathroom products behind a wall of textured herringbone. :) I have three stacks of plywood and shims lined up and ready to assemble into 3 more bins. :)


16 comments:

  1. Ohhh…. That’s pretty! Can’t wait to see more! Although at first (I am visual so I look before I read) I thought it was a piece of furniture, like a vanity or side table.

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    1. I'm sorry for the initial confusion. Have you seen the herringbone storage box I based mine on? I love how she tiled the herringbone pattern at an angle and cut the excess; such a classy look!

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  2. Love the herringbone! Can't wait to see more too! :)

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    1. =D I am glad you like it Joanne. I was so happy to use up more leftover plywood for our bathroom. I'm glad I jumped on the shim train for this project, too!

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  3. Just read your steps on how you did these. The tutorial is very well done! When I first look at herringbone I think, "wow, that's too hard", but reading your steps and pictures, now I think I could do it! Gorgeous storage, and I absolutely love the color. Excellent!

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    1. You could easily make this, Joanne! =D I used Watco Danish Oil, so it seemed as it absorbed deeper into the cedar, the finish lightened and it's not as matchy-matchy with our shelves (for now.) :)

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  4. Wow! Yours looks great! So glad this idea worked for someone else too. I like how you tiled the herringbone...much easier than how I did it! Being patient and letting the glue dry before cutting off the excess was harder than most of the project. The way you did it, you can make it much faster! I love it!

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    1. Thank you, Ashley! I personally love how you tiled yours at an angle, but I'm not too confident with a circular saw to trim the excess. Thank you for letting me share and link to you!

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  5. Oh my gosh, I can't tell you how much I love this. Another great DIY project, Yvonne! And I love the way you write your tutorials with the steps and just clicking on each step - very clever. I've got to pin this one too! Mahalo for sharing, Sharon

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! My husband coded the tabs for me. I hope to go back through old posts and add it. The only problem I have with it is that I type out my entire posts in html and css, which takes me a while because I'm still learning the languages. :)

      Thank you so much for pinning!

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  6. Wow...pretty amazed! Looks great. Also, love the detail in how you wrote the post. =)

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    1. Thank you, Ashley. :) Eventually, I'd like to make videos of how I build things, because I need the visual step-by-step as a learner myself. One of those "one day" goals when I can afford a camera. =D

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  7. These are beautiful, Yvonne! You are very talented! You have me beat...I just reorganized my bathroom with plastic bins from the dollar store under my cabinet! Yours add to the design of the room~ lovely ;)

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    1. Thank you for your kindness, Kim. I love dollar store bins, but it really helped to use up some sheets of leftover plywood in our garage. =D

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  8. Gorgeous! This is such a beautiful design.

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    1. Thank you, Kylie! All props to Ashley of naptimediy.com for the design. :)

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