Tuesday, November 13, 2012

DIY - Bathtub Tray




DIY of this week: a bathtub tray... super functional and FREE (since I had everything I needed here already)! I did a double whammy on this one. I found some way to repurpose the left over building wood that we have had lying around forever, and made an awesome tray all for yours truly.
While browsing pinterest one day, I stumbled upon a blog that made a similar tray/shelf. Here is a link to that inspiration:
It didn't look that hard, so I took the plunge.
I used:
  • 1 piece of scrap board that we had 11"x 35"
  • 2 smaller boards each 2"x11"
  • 4 screws
  • stain
  • polyurethane
I only needed the hubs to do one thing for me. This part...
 What a manly man! :) He cut the boards to size for me. And on my way back up to the garage, I did a quick check to make sure we measured and cut right. Yep. We did.

I also marked where the smaller boards would go underneath by placing them up against the edges of the tub. 
Then on to the garage I went. Set everything up on the saw horses and went to work!


I used two screws on each of the support boards to secure it to the tray. Easy peasy.

After that I used a hand sander to smooth out all of the surfaces & edges. I made sure to round off all of the corners and harsh edges. 
I wanted to achieve the rustic look, so I banged it up using both sides of my hammer, screws, and other random things that I found around the garage. Next comes the stain. I just used what we had around the house which was Minwax English Chestnut.

I liked how it looked after one coat, so I stuck with that.
Once the stain was dry it was time for some poly. This was probably the worst step for me... mostly because I don't have a lot of patience, and you gotta wait at least 3-4 hours for the stuff to dry. I kept running out to the garage to check on it. I tell ya, it was like watching water boil. I prevailed though, a gave the tray about 3 good coats. And that... was it!



Now I just gotta wait until the kiddos go to sleep tonight, so I can have some time to enjoy it! I might even leave it styled up. That is if my 2 1/2 year old won't disturb it. Doubtful.
Thoughts? I'm not kidding when I say this was pretty easy. Besides the poly step, it maybe took me a half hour tops. So, what do you say... are you going to make one?

Linking up:
The DIY'ers

2 comments:

  1. What are the two smaller pieces of wood for?

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    1. They just act as "stops" so it won't fall into the tub if it was bumped. I'm sure it would be fine without them, but I figured might as well since I had the wood.

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