I’ve mentioned before that our master bathroom is pretty builder-basic. It’s got the standard tub and separate standing shower thing going on, and while I would LOVE to have an oversized, fully tiled walk-in shower, it’s just not in the budget now, nor is it something we plan to tackle in this house that we only plan to be in for a year or two more. What we have is new and clean and perfectly fine, but it was feeling a little sterile with all the white and no natural tones/textures.
SO, I decided to whip up a little tub caddy using some wood scraps I had in my garage from some other projects. This is a VERY easy project. You need three planks of 1x4s, 2 small pieces of 1x2s, 6 stainless steel screws, polycrylic and whatever stain you want to use. This project is small so your boards could easily be cut using a hand saw and miter box if you don’t have access to a table saw (this is what I used for years before my dad bought me my table saw two years ago). I measured the width of my tub, making sure that there was enough overlap onto the edges and cut my wood planks to size. My caddy ended up being 37 inches wide. I used three 1x4s, which gave me a total depth of 10.5 inches.
I laid my boards across my tub and then took two scrap pieces of 1x2s, cut to about 9 inches, and held them up under my boards to see where I needed to secure them to the boards. These scrap pieces make it so the caddy doesn’t easily shift and fall down into the tub. I marked a line with a pencil where I needed to secure these scrap pieces, and then laid out all of my pieces on the floor to secure everything.
I actually made this a few months ago, before I even had my Kreg Jig, I believe, so I didn’t use pocket holes to join my three boards together. Instead, I simply screwed the three boards into my support brackets from underneath using stainless steel screws. It’s important to use stainless screws when you are making something that will be around moisture, as they won’t rust and corrode like regular screws would.
After my caddy was assembled I gave it a quick stain using my signature mix of Minwax “Red Mahogany” followed by Minwax “Dark Walnut”.
After the stain had a chance to dry, I gave both sides of the caddy three coats of Minwax Polycrylic in “Clear Matte”. The polycrylic will prevent moisture from warping the wood, and gives the caddy a nice, smooth and shiny appearance. Despite the fact that in the two years I have lived here I have YET to take a bath (#bathsareweird), I’m confident that when someone eventually DOES take a soak in here, my bath caddy will be able to stand up to any moisture that may come in contact with it.
I placed a small ivy plant (the only plant I don’t manage to kill) and a small candle on my caddy, and have my eyes peeled for a nice looking bottle of bath salts or something to round out the vignette. The wood of the caddy and the green of the plant really help bring this little space to life, I think.
You might also notice in the picture above the new tile floors! Will have a post about that…someday. #whyamisolazy