Take your bubble bath to the next level with this rustic DIY bathtub tray

Showering may get the job done and use less water, but relaxing in a bubble bath is a nice way to treat yourself after a long, hard day. And if you're going to be treating yourself, you might as well go big or go home. In that sense, this homemade, DIY bathtub tray is the perfect way to step up your bath game!

You'll need:

  • a big board
  • two small boards
  • steel wool
  • dish soap
  • warm vinegar
  • jar
  • black tea teabag
  • wood glue
  • thick rope
  • wood preservative

Note: As you can see, you will need attachments for the drill in Steps 1 and 2. To color the wood, you will also need to allow two days of preparation time.

Here's how:

1. The large board must be at least as long as your bathtub is wide. The width of the board depends on your preference. In the video, the board is at least wide enough so that three tea lights can be placed with a little distance from each other. Drill holes in the board at the appropriate places.

2. Drill four holes in the board as shown. Their diameter must be large enough for the rope to fit through later. In addition, they must be far enough away from the edge of the board so that they do not later lie on the edge of the bathtub.

3. Cut a gap that is just wide enough for the stem of a wine glass to fit through.

4. Now comes the first step to give the wood its rustic, dark discoloration. First, wet the steel wool and rub the dish soap into it. Then dry it off with a paper towel.

5. Place the dried steel wool in a jar. Fill the jar with warm vinegar and close it. Wait two days for the dish soap-soaked steel wool and vinegar to react.

6. Put a black tea bag in a bowl or mug and pour some hot water over it. Then add the liquid from the jar.

7. Paint the three boards with this liquid and let them dry for three hours.

8. Glue the small boards onto the big board with good glue.

9. Thread a piece of thick rope through the holes on each side of the board and knot the ends on the bottom. Finally, brush the board with wood preservative.

Now you can make yourself comfortable by candlelight with a good book and a glass of wine in the bathtub.

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