Welcome to the 358th Metamorphosis Monday!
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Last week I shared my perfume collection in this post: My Favorite Perfumes, A Growing Collection. I’ve always loved perfume and over the last three years my collection has started to grow as I’ve become more and more enthusiastic about trying new scents.
Several weeks ago while doing some research online to determine how long perfume lasts before becoming too old to wear, I discovered that it’s best to keep perfume away from really bright light and big temperature changes, especially heat. I’ve always kept my perfume on a dresser in my dressing room. That room is very bright during the day due to sun streaming in through a nearby window, so I decided to move them to the vanity area of my bathroom.
Another storage tip I learned recently is that it’s also best to not store perfume near a shower or tub area. Apparently, the heat/steam creates too much of a temperature change and that’s not good for perfume, either. My shower/tub is in a different room and there aren’t any windows in this space. Someday when I get going on that major master bath renovation I hope to do, I may need to move my perfume to a different place since part of my renovation plans include adding a large window to this room, preferably over a beautiful tub.
Over the last few months I’ve discovered I really have a passion for perfume. Yup, I’m officially hooked! I know over the next few years, I’m bound to add a few more scents to my collection. My little silver tray is almost out of space. I was thinking about this today and wishing I had some shelves in this area. I was envisioning shallow/narrow shelves, almost like you have with a spice rack.
As I was puzzling over this issue about future storage, I started googling to see what type of shelving was available for perfume storage. Guess what I found? Nothing. I came across a couple of companies that will custom-build shelving for whatever you collect from shot glasses to antique cars to you-name-it. That was a tempting idea but after checking the pricing, I realized it would be a rather expensive option.
Then a little light-bulb went off! I suddenly remembered that about 4 to 5 years ago I purchased a pretty shelf in Tuesday Morning. It was totally an impulse buy–I had no idea where (or even if) I’d be able to use it in my home. I purchased it purely because I loved its pretty arches and Chinoiserie-Chippendale design. It also felt a bit cottagey due to the way it’s slightly distressed. In the back of my mind I was hoping it might work in a future bath renovation.
The shelf has been safely stowed away in a closet in the upstairs family room all these years. I removed everything I had piled on top of it in the closet and pulled it out today to see if it would work.
It still had the price sticker stuck on the very bottom. I left it on originally since I wasn’t sure I’d find a place to use it in my home and thought I might have to return it. Even though I never found a good spot for it back then, I liked it too much to return it. I just noticed the sticker calls it a distressed white hall curio. It is slightly distressed along all the edges.
Sorry these pictures are a little dark. Taking photos in the vanity area of my bathroom is just like taking photos inside a closet since currently there’s no window in this room.
What do you think? Do you like it? I really do like how it looks here in this space. I used to have two pictures hanging here, so I guess that’s why I never thought of using it here when I first brought it home.
The shelves are nice and deep so there’s plenty of room for adding new fragrances in the future. This shelf is very heavy so hanging it was a bit of a challenge. It’s designed with keyhole type brackets on either side.
Fortunately, a stud was right where I needed it for one side and an Ook hanger worked great on the other side. I used a 40 lb Ook to be on the safe side. I absolutely love Ooks, especially how they eliminate the need for using a molly/toggle bolt. If you’re not familiar with Ooks, you’ll find them here: Ook Professional Picture Hangers
Do you have a favorite method for storing your perfumes? If anyone’s feeling creative or industrious, I think there’s a market out there for pretty (and functional) perfume shelving. Hello Shark Tank! 🙂
Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters for this Metamorphosis Monday!
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