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Saturday, July 20, 2013

Easy DIY Bathroom Tray

My hall bathroom makeover is almost done, but I really wanted something to go on the top of the toilet tank.   You know, something that was flat and you could sit things on.  This is a small bathroom and the vanity isn't really very big, so there isn't a ton of room for accessories.





 I need all the space in here that I can find, so the top of the tank is space I need to use, but see all those curves, it's hard to sit something on the tank and not have it slide around.  A shelf is what I needed.




I found this piece of wood at Michaels that is just the right size, so I am going to embellish it a bit.
First a coat of white spray paint.  (Yes, my lawn is looking really bad with all this hot weather.)  Here's a tutorial of how I did mine.


When your piece is thoroughly dry,you need to sand it down lightly and then steel wool it for a really smooth finish.


 Next up is my trusty stain and rub'n buff.  You have to work really fast with this, the stain will be way too dark if you leave it on very long.  Of course you can always sand it if it is too dark, or even repaint it and start over.


 I just wanted a light antiquing effect.  So I applied a really light coat, wiped it off really fast and then used some steel wool to sand part of it off in spots.


 Next, I applied some rub'n buff around the edges.  I did a really sloppy job so it would look like most of it had worn off with age.

 I added a couple of knobs I found at Hobby Lobby.  They are always on sale 1/2 price, so only $6.48 for both.


Be sure to countersink your knobs.  You want the back to be totally flat.


 To help hold the shelf in place I used some of the rubber bumpers.  These things don't let anything slide around.


 Fits perfectly and it is stable.


 Looks good and a fun accessory.






So what do you think.   It's a little bit of fun and glam all rolled into one.


I think it looks great and definitely creates another place to display things, and keeps the vanity clutter free.


If you missed my Show Off & Inspire yesterday, be sure to check it out.  We got a home tour of one of our fabulous blogger friends from down under. Carolyn at Desire Empire has graciously shared her home with us and it is to die for.  I want to live there.


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72 comments:

  1. I do love that idea and so glad you posted that awesome idea. Very easy as well as in expensive and makes a beautiful addition, especially on top of an area that may be a little more challenging to place items more steadily. Good thought!

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  2. Marty this is such a great idea!!! I so want need to do this!!! Love it!

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  3. This is a great idea! I think a lot of us will be copying this!

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  4. Very nice! What a beautiful bathroom you have - great job on styling, too.

    xox

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  5. Absolutely fantastic idea. I am loving your simple and thrifty way of revamping your beautiful little house (mine is smaller).

    I prefer this mode compare to the older style. Elegantly done.

    Happy w/end.
    /CC girl

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  6. What a neat idea Marty. I love it and it turned out so nice. Pinned it too:)

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  7. A great idea! U r so creative with all ur creations. I have ejoyed reading about the transformation. U r a genius..!!!!!!

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  8. What a great idea! I hate how things slide on the back of the tank, keeps me from putting stuff there most of the time. Love what you did. Also love that white urn with a lid! Xoxo Kathleen

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  9. I need that! Since We moved to this home four years ago,I've been a little disappointed that the toilet tops are all slightly rounded.In all My other homes they were flatter.Thank You for the pretty idea.Denise

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  10. I think this is a great idea, Marty! Love that you were able to find the wood already to go!!~~Angela

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  11. I love it, Marty! It's a great project. I love that it is both functional and pretty. Love the knobs you used.

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  12. I think that looks fabulous, Marty. You could probably market those things for tank tops! I love the way it turned out-the bathroom looks wonderful! You have a great eye for pulling things together- xo Diana

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  13. That looks wonderful. Love that you used knobs too, instead of handles.

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  14. It came out really cute.

    I love Hobby Lobby. I learned about it from you.

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  15. This is just a "super duper" idea. Very clever and very classy too. LOVE IT!!!

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  16. That is brilliant! I've been so frustrated with the rounded tops in this house and have been putting off trying to figure out how to deal with it. Thanks so much!

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  17. Oh Marty this is so great. I have been thinking about doing something like this on for my bathroom. This is so simple yet really makes a statement. Love this, I am going to copy I mean be inspired by this idea!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing. Love this.
    Kris

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  18. Oh Marty, what a great idea and it looks terrific. I have the same problem no space in either bathroom. Thanks so much for posting this and showing us how.
    Have a great rest of the weekend.
    Mary

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  19. Very unique and creative, a beautiful addition to your rest room!

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  20. Marty, I totally love this! I always set a tissue box on the tank, because it's the only space available in my tiny bathrooms, but it just doesn't look finished (and it never sits straight!). I am heading to Michael's with my 40% off coupon right now! This is a great problem solving idea! I love it! Thanks!

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  21. well done! thanks for so much detail in the how to do. That tray was one of my favorite things in your bathroom reveal.

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  22. Oh Marty, you're so talented and have such fabulous ideas! I love this awesome tray, it's perfect and I'm loving it! Thanks for so much the great tutorial, I will think about it for when I fix my bathroom, as I've never even imagine a tray for the bathroom! Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  23. This is the perfect touch to finish your beautifully redone bathroom! Great job!!

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  24. I spotted this tray in a previous post of yours and thought it looked so unique, well now I know why, because it is unique. I love it, such a simple but beautiful project. Thanks for sharing.
    Thanks, Patty

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  25. Beautiful tray! Love what you did with this! All your accessories look good with it!

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  26. Very ingenius! What a great idea, Marty, and it looks perfect with all your pretty accessories. Your bath re-do has been a great success (as I knew it would!). Jane

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  27. I really love that tray. It's so pretty with the knobs and what a decorative way to dress up a toilet tank lid. I'll have to try something similar, so thanks for sharing your lovely bathroom update!

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  28. Absolutely fantastic idea Marty!! Love it! Thanks for sharing!
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Blessings,
    Vesna

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  29. Oh BRAVO- what a nifty, thrifty and CLEVER idea, marty- works perfectly for you!

    Well done, indeed!

    Hugs.

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  30. Really, really love this. It's super cute Marty!! Just perfectly darling. Pinned and thanks so much for joining the DIY Before and After party. Hugs, Shannon

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  31. That is a great idea. I have a piece of wood like that too, but I used it for another purpose that I will be putting on my blog soon.

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  32. I love this idea Marty! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Gail

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  33. Thanks for the tutorial Marty! Very easy to follow. I just love this and may have to make my own some day. Where do you get the little rubber bumpers? Thanks!

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

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    1. The little rubber bumpers are available at all of the hardware stores. They are normally used for cabinet doors to keep them from slamming. I love them, I also use them on the backs of pictures, keeps them straight on the wall too.

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  34. I love this little toilet back tray. Interesting shape!

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  35. Marty! You are the most creative one! I love this idea as things always try to slip off the edges of my tank lid. Yours is so pretty too. Thank you for the tute on how you finished it. The little door knobs are just perfect. I do love your bathroom.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  36. How clever Marty.. What a great idea. And a wonderful way to use that space. Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Marty, is your tank top FLAT? Ours are all rounded so it is hard to put anything on them. I LOVE THIS!!!! It looks amazing. You did a great job. XO, Pinky

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    1. No, as I said, that is why I made this. You can't put anyting on all those curves.

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  38. OK, thanks. I am going to look for a shelf like this.

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  39. Oh Marty that is so creative, I never would have thought of doing that, love it!

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  40. What a great addition to your beautiful bath! I'm going to have to copy you!

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  41. Thanks for sharing. When I saw your bathroom reveal a few days ago, the tray immediately caught my eye. I knew it was perfect for my bathroom. I will be making one soon.

    I love your blog, and visit often. Looking forward to each and every post.

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  42. Oh, I love this! The knobs are such a cute idea. What an adorable tray, that would be cute anywhere!

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  43. Marty, this is totally brilliant! I saw it on hometalk before I read my blog lovin roll, and was so surprised when I saw it was yours! I am so going to make something similar this week! Thanks for such a fabulous idea!!
    Jenna

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  44. That's really pretty! I love that it looks like it was made for that area, not somthing stuck on to cover the commode top. IOW, it's not screaming "See me!?" It's just a very nice touch.
    Lovely!

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  45. What a nice touch for something so yucky!! (toilet) I am going to have to try something like this on mine. Better put it on my growing list of projects that I want to do :)
    Hugs and thanks for sharing! I am pinning this from DebbieDoos pinning party!

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  46. What a clever idea. I put things on the top of the toilet but without the tray....in a shallow wide box so they won't fall down. But this is so clever....Pinning!
    thanks for sharing.

    Ellya

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  47. Oh I love this Marty! It looks fabulous!
    xx
    Anne

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  48. That's so cute! I never thought about putting something like that on my tank lid. Great idea!

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  49. It's the details, the details, the details..that makes your bathroom..great! (Sung to the Olympia Beer commercial from long ago!) :) Remember that one?
    Nice job, Marty!! Different and cute. Be careful lifting it off the back of the toilet..eeeeasy does it!

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  50. Love that idea!! Our toilet is in an entirely separate little room otherwise I would do this my self!

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  51. A nice addition to your bathroom.

    - The Tablescaper

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  52. Whoo, Marty! Your bathroom tray looks amazing, and I really like the knobs. You're so creative! But then I knew that. :)

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  53. That turned out amazing! Great idea. And yes, glamorous.

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  54. This is a great idea, Marty. I love the knobs you put at each end. Perfect for those of us who love our accessories!!
    Mary Alice

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  55. That is just lovely, Marty! You are one SMART cookie!

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  56. Marty,
    I love your tray with its curved edges. The French-scripted accessories are just perfect.

    Judith

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  57. So pretty and the bumpers are so smart! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Monday Funday!

    Take care,

    Trish

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  58. Great post Marty, It's great to finally find a post from you. I see your comments on lots of blogs all the time. I don't have a blog but I subscribe to way too many but can't seem to break myself of subscribing to more and trying to read them all. I get so much inspiration and ideas from them all. I love your post. Was just thinking the other day when I cleaned our bathroom how I wish I could put things on back of toilet but everything slides off and we have ceramic tile on the floor. Not good. I have to be really careful what I put on top of our linen closet stand or the crazy cat gets up on it and knocks things off. He wants to escape thru the window. I have a shelf I think I'll fix up for top of toilet. I have got to find those knobs you have on yours, perfect. Guess you can tell I love your blog and your post. Happy summer Marty.

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  59. Love this tank accessory. What a clever idea. It just makes those ordinary tanks look awesome. I love how you accessorized it when done. I am a new GFC follower.
    Have a wonderful week,
    Bev
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

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  60. What a pretty little tray! The knobs from Hob Lob is so perfect for it:) And I love the vignette on it with the greenery among the lovely whites:) Beautiful and elegant project! Thanks for the tutorial! Have a great week!Hugs,Poppy

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  61. How cute! I need to do this for my bathroom!

    Allison

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  62. This is a fabulous idea; I hate how slide-y the top of the toilet is. This would make it usable space. So clever!!

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  63. It looks great. I so whish we didn't have the flush button on the top of the tank in France.

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  64. What a great idea, Marty! Perfect for these new toilets with the smaller tanks and very curvy lids. Thanks for sharing!

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  65. So clever and looks great! I love your bathroom Marty! Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  66. Such a great idea! I totally need this for my bathroom!

    Jeanine

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  67. Fabulous! This is a great idea!

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