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There are days that I want to crawl into a hot tub of water and disappear for a few hours. If you have children or even a rough day I’m sure you can relate!

Today I have just the thing to ease your frazzled nerves. A Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray so you can lock the bathroom door and soak in a warm bathtub. You can prop a book and a glass of wine on your tray. Or maybe some tea and the iPad so you can binge watch some Netflix. Hey, whatever you need to recharge is okay with me.

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Fill that tub with a bath bomb and put this Rustic Bathtub Tray to good use!

Materials:
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Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Instructions:

Measure the exterior width of your tub.

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Cut two small pieces about 1″ wide from the board (these will be the stops to hold your tray in place.) Then cut your board to the width of your tub. Sand the wood smooth.

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Measure the lip of your tub and mark the location of the inside edges of the tub onto your board.

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Hold the 1″ strips under your board and test to see that it fits inside the tub but against the walls to keep your try from sliding side to side.

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Add some wood glue to the underside of the 1″ strips.

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Secure the strips to the underside of the board using finish nails. Repeat for the opposite side.

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Mark the location for your handle, centering it front to back on the tray edges.

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Using the larger drill bit, drill slightly into the bottom of the tray.

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Use the smaller drill bit to drill through the tray at the same location.

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Set the handle screws into the bottom of the tray and make sure the screw sits inside the surface of the wood. (No need to have rusty screws leaving marks on your tub.)

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Stain your board by wiping the stain on, let it sit a minute and wipe off any excess. Repeat until desired color is achieved. Apply 2-3 coats of polyurethane to protect your tray from the water. Allow the tray to dry.

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Install the knobs for the handle into the tray.

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Tie the rope between the two knobs. To keep the rope knots secure, add a dab of glue inside the knot.

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Fray the ends of the rope if you desire.

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

It’s time to slip away to your bathroom and lock the door!

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Enjoy some calm time to yourself to recharge.

Rustic Wood Bathtub Tray | Pretty Handy Girl

Did you like this simple tutorial? Want to create some more simple projects for your home like a rustic wood serving tray?

Rustic Pallet Serving Tray

Check out my entire Build It project gallery for more fun projects!

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9 replies
  1. Lorna
    Lorna says:

    A useful accessory in the bathroom. Easy and practical, you can do it faster in some parts of old wood and some pieces of rope. A great ideas, I love it!

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  2. Nicole K
    Nicole K says:

    I love it! I love to read in the tub and could use something like this. Plus, I remember those Calgon commercials. I still say, “Calgon, take me away,” and I’m sure no one knows what I’m talking about anymore. Hilarious!

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  3. Catherine Heigle
    Catherine Heigle says:

    It is so simple and cute thing for bath. Never thought about it but is great for people in certain ages. or as extra shelf in bath. I love long baths, and this would be handy for placing my tea or laptop. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply

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