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DIY Bathtub Tray

By: Alicia Roothoff
December 4, 2017

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DIY Bathtub Tray

For me, Winter is all about feeling cozy, bundling up, and staying inside. And it's the season for taking warm bubble baths to take the sting of Winter weather away. I've been wanting to make one of these bathtub trays for a while now, and it was the perfect time to do it with the first snowfall happening this weekend! The best thing about this tray is that I put in a built-in book or phone holder. It holds magazines as well!

Items needed:

  • Americana Wood Glue 2oz - Wood Glue
  • Americana Decor Satin Enamels 8oz - Pure White
  • Americana Decor Satin Enamels 8oz - Charcoal Grey
  • Americana Decor Satin Enamels 8oz - Smoke Grey
  • 2 – 1x4 Pine Boards (measured about 10 inches wider than your tub)
  • 2 - 1x4 Pine Boards (cut to 7 inches)
  • 1 - 1x6 Pine Board (cut to 7.5 inches)
  • 1 - 1x4 Pine Board (cut to 1 inch)
  • Fine Grit Sandpaper Block
  • Painter's Tape (1.5 inches wide)


Gather supplies.

Secure your 1x4 boards together using the smaller 7-inch 1x4 pieces. Using the wood glue, secure the short pieces to the long boards. I placed some weights on them to add the pressure they need to bond better. Or if you want, you can screw these in also from the top with 1 1/2" screws.

Paint the top of the boards with Pure White. You'll need to do about 2 coats for a good coverage.

This step can be skipped if you want, but I tried to keep the edges clean by taping of the top of the boards with some painters tape. Line the tape up with the edge on each side. 

Paint the edge with Charcoal Grey, and then remove the tape from the top.

Now it's time to start painting the pattern. Sometimes it might be easier to look at the final picture and work from there, but here are the steps just in case. Hopefully, it's not too confusing! Just remember, make sure each stripe is dry before placing painters tape on top of it. Use a blow dryer to speed up the process.

Start the first piece of tape 2" from the top. So the bottom of the tape should be at the 2" mark. Then start a new piece of tape 1/2" below that, and then another 1/2" below that one.

Paint the lines with the Charcoal Grey

Remove the tape. Allow the paint to completely dry before proceeding.

Now it's time to paint the middle line. The middle line starts 1/2" from the bottom of the top line, and 1/2" from the top of the bottom line. Paint the line with Charcoal Grey.

Remove the tape. Allow the paint to completely dry before proceeding.


Now it's time for the pinstripe lines. For the line right below the top line, place a piece of tape 3/16" below the bottom of the top line.

Then place another piece of tape above that tape, creating a very small pinstripe. Paint this line with the Charcoal Grey. Then repeat the steps with a line above the very bottom thick line. Once again, 3/16" above the top of the bottom line, and then a piece of tape below that tape creating a pinstripe. Paint this Charcoal Grey as well.

Remove the tape. Allow the paint to completely dry before proceeding.

Now start that same process over again, but do it vertical about 7" in from the left side. Paint all these stripes with the Smoke Grey.

Remove the tape. Allow the paint to completely dry before proceeding.

Now it's time for the best part. More than likely, your lines bled a little bit. It doesn't matter! Using the sanding block, gently sand away the paint to make it a vintage look.

Get your two extra pieces for the book holder.

And paint them coordinating colors. I painted the back of the 1x6 the Charcoal Grey and the front Pure White. I painted the small 1x4 Pure White also.

Line these up somewhere on the top of the board where you think you'll want to read your book or place your phone. Glue them down onto the board and hold them for a few minutes. The gap between the two pieces for me was 3". Make sure they are good and secure before you are done since these will be holding your phone or book and you would hate to lose them in the bathtub.

Here it is all set up!

And nothing is more cozy to me than plaid, candles, a warm bubble bath and a good book!

Or with some great music playing... :)

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This is such a fabulous idea! I'm thinking Christmas gift! Thank you for sharing this.


December 4, 2017

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