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.
- 1 piece of scrap board that we had 11″x 35″
- 2 smaller boards each 2″x11″
- 4 screws
I only needed the hubs to do one thing for me. This part…
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!