Before deciding to do the art rail installation over the toilet, the blank wall seemed rather ominous. While not a huge spans of wall, it was definitely large enough that a single piece of art may not have been quite enough. Knowing how much the couple loves art, I played with the idea of a traditional gallery wall, but in the end the art rail/ledge idea felt right. It was an unexpected choice for the bathroom and you all know that I like to take the unexpected route whenever possible.
This install could have happened a few ways… I could have built the art rails from scratch. Totally possible, but time was a factor. So I opted for ready made Mosslanda ledges from Ikea. Wanting them to run the full width of the wall, I did have to modify them a little bit. After purchasing 4 rails, I installed the first two in their full length. If you are unable to attach them into the studs, be sure to use the proper wall anchors for your space/walls. I then cut down two of the remaining rails to the exact length needed using my radial arm saw. This ensured the cut would be clean a quick as to not compromise the white finish.
The shelves were now up and filled the entire wall! There was a little bit of cosmetics to deal with, I used a tube of white latex caulk used for trim, windows and doors to deal with the seams. I added a thin bead of caulk to the ends (against the walls) as well as the seams where the two ledges meet. To cover the screws, the ledges come with a pack of little white stickers. Honestly, you can use them or not. I knew that I would be piling on as much art as possible, and the holes would never be visible.
Then came the fun part, layering on all of the art!
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