Why do I love doing DIY projects? It’s either because it gets me out of my house and doing something I love or when I get an idea in my head that I think is really cool. Most recently, I got an idea for a bathroom vanity. So I started to do some research online. Here’s what I found:
One reason why I love doing DIY projects is that I can choose the materials I use, which allows me to be more creative and add more creativity to a project. The first project I tackled was a DIY bathtub tray. Why do I love this project so much? It’s because you can literally go from easy to extra or even as elaborate as you would like!
So what materials are needed for a dry bathtub tray? Well, you’re going to need the frame, the seat, the bottom tray, and the sealer. For the frame, I used two pieces of wood that are slightly bent. The one I bent over I covered with a piece of clear plastic paint and used the other to screw the sealer on to. This helped give it a pretty sturdy look and seal it to the wood. I used a wood that matches the decor in my bathroom too.
Next, I used a measuring tape and measured the dimensions of the front of the tray. Then, using a marker, I marked the measurements onto the inside of the wood. Using a pencil, I drew a line down the center of the piece of wood that I was going to use. This would be the width. And I measured the width from the center of one corner to the other.
Next, I used my table saw to cut along the lines I had drawn and I got the width and height I needed. Then, using my sealing compound and a hand grinder, I made holes in the bottom portion of the tray to be able to lock in the sealer and sand it down to match the rest of the wood. Then, using my router and wood glue, I put my new wood in bathtub tray in. I used a longer router bit than the ones I used to make my first one so that the width of the wood would be consistent and fit tightly without rubbing up against each other.
After the tray was in place, I used my router again to cut out the two sides of the tub so that I could finish the sides with matching strips of scrap wood. Then, using my saw again, I cut strips of scrap wood that fit inside the edges of the tub so that the entire thing would be covered in scrap wood. Finally, after finishing the side of the dry bathtub tray, I used my sealer and wood glue to put everything together. Then, I finished off by adding some more scrap wood and sanding it all down so that the next time I paint the tub, it will look as beautiful as the first time.
Another way of finishing off my diy bathtub tray project was by staining it with a darker stain for the sides and a lighter stain on the rest of the tub. By doing this, I was able to make the edges of the tub darker so that the stain would cover them up and still allow me to see the sides. By doing this, I was also able to get the same results as I did when I put the tray in the first place. The lighter stain on the sides and darker stain on the rest of the tub made the middle area almost invisible so that any moisture would not be able to reach the sides. This would prevent mold and mildew from forming on the inside of the bathtub, which is the biggest cause of damage to these things.
After my DIY bathtub tray project was complete, I decided that I wanted to try to refinish the pieces individually. However, I was having trouble finding the wood glue that I was using to attach the pieces to each other. So, I ended up finding a much cheaper product at my local big box home improvement store. After applying the wax to the entire thing, I used some of the wood glue to glue each piece to its own board. Once I was done, I added another coat of the wood stain on top of the waxed board and used the wood glue again to put everything back together. So far, all of my pieces are holding up well and looking almost brand new.