DIY Bath Caddy
My house was built over a hundred years ago, and my bathroom is…not large and by that I mean it’s slightly larger than closet sized. There is very little space to move around in there- mostly due to the large claw-foot bathtub that takes up the entire west half of the room. However, there’s something quintessentially San Francisco about a claw-foot tub; I’m a fan, so I’m totally okay with the trade-off. I also like to read in the tub though, which is a quick recipe for disaster so lately I’ve been mulling over an upcycled tub caddy.
The one I have in mind is planks of wood, so it should be pretty easy to duplicate but there are a few tutorials I’m kicking around. If you would also like to class up your bathtime, here’s what I’ve been looking at:
Etsy, that sexy bitch, is responsible for the version above (if you can handle the $130 price tag). However, putting one together yourself isn’t so hard: buy planks, measure tub, cut and sand planks, nail planks to support beam along the underside, seal with Tungsten oil. I think I could knock that out in an afternoon, if I already had the supplies ready.
Another version is a ladder style caddy, which can be made entirely from repurposed wood (if you’ve got skills, and tools) or upcycled from something with slats (think step stool or kitchen stool).
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You can also opt to reclaim a solid piece of wood, like a cabinet door – or if you prefer the ladder style caddy, a ladder or step stool with a fruit box on top of it – and sand and seal it. If you took shop class, or are comfortable working with wood and saws and machinery, there’s an Instructables tutorial for one with a slight lip so you don’t have to worry about knocking anything in.
Images courtesy Etsy seller PegandAwl, Curbly.com, Instructables.com