If your daughter isn't feeling well, chances are she's going to ask you if she can take a bath. If she asks to take a bath, chances are, she's going to want to read a book in the tub. If she wants to read a book in the tub, chances are, she's going to say 'I need something to set my book on!' If she says that, then chances are, you'll be out in your workshop for the rest of the afternoon building a bathtub tray, just for her.
This was a complete spontaneous project that I tackled last week. I have always wanted to build a bathtub tray to set over our front bathroom tub. Our bathroom sits off of the kitchen in our old 1920's farmhouse. It doesn't have a shower curtain, or a shower, due to the way the bathroom is shaped, so I currently have it set up more so, to try my best to make the tub not look so 'ugly' and out of place, since a remodel is not in the near future.
A few years ago, I was lucky enough to have Menard's + Pittsburgh paints sponsor my bathroom paint project. As I tackled that, my husband also helped me put up repurposed fence boards from my Grandfather's workshop, as shelves over the tub, where my heart rock collection rests. I am working on bringing all of my old posts over to the new website yet, from Endless Acres Farmtiques, and when I do, I will update this post with the link to that project!
This unique tray is just one more thing to help the bathroom look even better!
As I headed out into the workshop to make a bathtub tray, I really had no plans in mind, other than I wanted to use whatever I could from around the barn and my workshop. I came across some old wood slats from my Grandpa and Grandma's bed frame, and some yard sticks (which I always have a collection on hand).
I measured the tub width to the edge (remember, measure twice, cut once!), and once I had three cut with the use of my chop saw, I attached them on the back with another piece of side wood off of my Grandparent's bed frame. Next, I attached the yardsticks onto the front, using old screws, also from my Grandpa's workshop and my handy Dewalt drill with a screwdriver attachment. I topped it all off with handles from Menard's and a nice coat of Minwax stain + poly to seal it. Within just a few hours, including the dreaded dry time, the tray was ready to use.
One other helpful tip, is to add some wood glue underneath your yardsticks, just for added hold. It never hurts to be certain your project is nice and tight and will hold together well!
Don't let the use of power tools intimidate you to make an awesome project like this one! I promise, the more you use power tools, the more comfortable you will feel! Remember learning to ride a bike? It's kind of like that...kind of.
Until next time my friends! Have a great evening!