An Easy DIY Bathtub Tray
January was a cooooold month here in Chicago. I’m talking single digit temps, snow, and ice galore. Yep, not too fun.Our condo gets pretty darn chilly when the heat isn’t on full blast. You should see me tip-toe out of bed in the morning and dash to the hot shower. You’d think I’m being timed…I go that fast.
So clearly I’m not a fan of the cold. But the one good thing about the wintertime is the fact that I get to use our new bathtub. It’s such a deep tub, and it’s the perfect way to warm up after a long commute home!
After taking many baths over the course of January, I realized that I could use a little bath tray to hold my wine & book while I’m in the tub! I searched online and didn’t find any that I loved, so I figured I could make a simple tray myself.
Here’s how I created this simple bath tray in an afternoon.
Make your Own DIY Bathtub Tray
I measured the width of my tub, and headed to the hardware store to pick up a 1×10 poplar board. I then had it cut to size for FREE!
I decided to go with the same stain as the wood shelves we have in our bathroom….Jacobean. After lightly sanding the wood on all sides, I put on some gloves and grabbed a rag and dipped it into the stain. Then I just coated all sides of the wood and let it dry for a day. All you have to do is rub the stain into the wood and get all sides coated. Super easy.
Next step, adding the handles. I had these silver handles leftover from our marble tray DIY project, and knew they would work perfectly on the wood tray.
Because I didn’t want the screws from the handle to stick out on the bottom of the wood, I decided to use a countersink bit on my drill. Essentially this bit drills a pilot hole while creating a little recess in the wood. That means that your screw head can sit comfortably in the wood and it won’t stick out. Countersink bits are available in sizes to match screw sizes, so you’ll want to match it based on the screws with your handles.
Here’s what the screw would look like if you only drilled a pilot hole….
Versus using a countersink drill bit…Much better right?
Okay enough with the woodworking lesson! Onto the next step.Because the top of the tub is pretty slick, I purchased these grippers on Amazon to put on the underside of the wood. And that was it! My tray was officially done.
I absolutely love it! Not only was it super easy, but it’s incredibly useful for this bathing beauty. I also love that I can keep this tray hanging out on the bathtub all the time. It adds a little interest to the big white tub, and it gives me another area to style.
Any other bath lovers out there or am I the only one who loves a good bubble bath? I’m telling ya…give this super easy (& budget-friendly) project a try!
I’m Casey Finn, the voice behind The DIY Playbook. I’m married to Finn & mom to Rory and Ellis. Together we’re creating our dream home in Chicago, one DIY project at a time.