Let’s be real, family life is hectic! Sometimes I just need a quiet bath after a long day to relax and regroup. My master bath was in need of a little sprucing up, so I created a rustic wooden bathtub tray to add a little more character to the space. This tray is functional, beautiful and added the extra touch I was looking for. This DIY is quick, easy and only requires a few simple materials from your local hardware store. Let’s get started, shall we?
Wood Block – They will cut the wood for you at the hardware store to the size you need. I had them cut mine to 36 inches, measure your tub to make sure that will work for you. Since you have to buy the entire long piece of wood, I had them cut the remaining wood as well. I was left with a total of 4 cuts of wood that were roughly 36 inches. I am using the other pieces of wood for another project, but you could use the rest to make as gifts for people or stay tuned for the next project I have coming! I also wanted a really thick piece of wood, pictured below is exactly what I purchased.
Wood Stain– I used MINWAX Provincial 211 for this project. There are a ton of colors to choose from so this part is up to you.
Protective finish– I used MINWAX water based polycrylic in clear matte. This protects your Tray from the bath water.
old T-shirt or rag
Sandpaper– I used medium 120
Take your sandpaper to the block of wood, slightly rounding the corners and getting rid of any splinters that may be up. I wanted a smooth surface, but also a rustic look so I just lightly went over it. This took me less then 5 min.
Get your old T-shirt or rag and stain the piece of wood. Once you have stained the entire piece, let it dry for 24 hours.
Once your Tray is completely dry, paint over it with your protective finish. Let it dry for another 24 hours.
And that is it! I mean easy peasy, right? Now just assemble with your own decorative touches and enjoy!
I hope you enjoy making this Rustic Wooden Bathtub Tray! Like I mentioned earlier, I have another DIY coming with the remaining pieces of wood so stay tuned!