DIY Projects, Woodworking

DIY Bathtub Caddy

I’ve recently taken to actually use my bathtub for what it’s supposed to be used for: baths. I’ve spent most of my life using a bathtub only for showers, but as I’m getting older (and especially now that I’m out of school and have a 9 to 5 job) I am starting to really appreciate taking time to relax. I highly recommend it to everyone. Taking a bath is a great way to unwind after a long day. It makes it so much easier to get to sleep after my body has been pampered in the warm water.

I used to be adverse to baths because I saw them as a waste of time. I am the kind of person who constantly likes to be doing something productive. Time is very valuable to me.

So how to combine my new found love of baths with my desire to be productive? With a bath caddy of course! And I know that they sell them in stores, but that’s no fun! I wanted some practice working with wood, and I got it with this project.

It turned out great, fits the tub perfectly, and allows me to be productive while taking a bath. (It also allows for snacking while taking a bath, which I also highly recommend) Now I read or work on my blog, while sipping tea (or occasionally eating ice cream) and putting in some “me time”. It is so important to get some time for yourself every once in a while.

Check out the steps below to make one for yourself, and let me know how it turns out!

Step Zero: Gather Materials

For the bathtub caddy I used:

  • a plank of wood
  • 2 door handles (found at local hardware store for cheap)
  • wood glue
  • paint and primer
  • waterproof wood finish

Step One: Cut the Wood to Size

First measure your bathtub. This can be done with a measuring tape. Mark with a pencil the line to be cut.

Cut along the mark to produce a plank that sits nicely on the edge of the bathtub. Cut two more sections of wood, each 1 1/2 inches thick. These will be used later to secure the caddy.

Step Two: Glue it Together

Next we need to assemble the caddy.

Place the large plank across the bathtub. Carefully hold the smaller pieces of wood, one at a time, so they are in the tub and able to rest nicely against the larger plank. Using a pencil, mark the locations.

Using wood glue, secure each of the two smaller pieces to the larger one, according to the pencil marks. Clamp (if available, I didn’t have clamps, so I just pressed with my hands for a minute and left it to dry. This method worked fine) and let dry.

Step Three: Paint It!

Start with a coat of good primer. We want to be careful with this caddy, as although it will not get submerged, it is sure to get a little wet.

Paint any design you wish on the bathtub caddy. I selected colours to compliment the colour scheme of our bathroom. To create the different sized circles, I traced the cap of a glue stick and bottle. You could also consider giving it a nice wood stain, or even personalize it with a name.

After the paint has fully dried, finish the whole thing off with a waterproof finish. Be sure to do a good job (possibly two coats) as the wood is sure to get a little wet!

Step Four: Attach the Handles

Once the paint and finish have dried, center the handles, one at a time, on the ends. Use a pencil to mark the location of the holes. Remove the handles to drill pilot holes, then, removing the screws, properly secure the handles on the caddy.

Step Five: Enjoy!

That’s it! Take a break after all of that hard work with a nice bath, you deserve it! Pour yourself a nice glass of wine (or a tea as I usually do) and enjoy it in your bath. Don’t forget to write below with questions or comments, and let me know how yours turned out!

Keep Crafting,

~ Mary

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