Friday, March 6, 2015

One Of My Most Pinned DIY Projects

It's always fun to see what projects catch the eye of others.  My DIY bathroom tank tray is one of my most pinned diy projects ever.  I thought I would re-post the "how to" in case you missed it.  You can also see the whole makeover here.

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've missed it you can see the entire bathroom makeover here.

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  1. Love your bathroom tray Marty. Very clever and so cute. Love your whole bathroom. So pretty.

  2. What a great idea Marty - love this! And as Marty always does, you styled it beautifully!
    The Interior Frugalista

  3. Brilliant idea, Marty! Thanks for sharing again! Blessings, Pam (

  4. Marty this will be perfect for my sister's downstairs powder room. She is always looking for something for the top of her tank to dress it up, but is is a pretty small surface that is curved a bit. I am going to measure hers up the next time I am there and surprise her with a homemade gift! Thank you so much!
    Have a great weekend!
    XO Barbara

  5. Genius! Such a simple and practical idea! And its super cute, too!

  6. I can see why everyone likes it!

  7. Cute idea! I love the knobs. Nice little shelf space for the toilet.

  8. This is such a neat idea, thank you!

  9. Perfect! I do so like the wall grouping above the commode. Yes, the perfect combination of whimsy and elegance.

  10. I just ordered two of those trays from the DearWonderfulHusband ... what a fantastic idea that is and the perfect solution to those rounded tops. Question for you ... when you hang a drapery from ceiling to floor next to your tub, what do you do about a shower curtain when company comes? I really love the look, but husband says it does not make sense because water would get all over the floor without a shower curtain. Men !!! I would love to have an answer to this problem or maybe I will just do it anyhow. Most of our company is family and they can wipe up the floor. Judy C in NC

    1. They make extra tall shower curtain liners. I did a whole post on how I did it. You have a curtain and the liner - -

  11. Great idea, Marty. You are very clever!

  12. I can see why it was greatly pinned!!!...great project Marty!...

  13. I'm so glad that you reposted this. I missed it the first time around. What a great idea. No more sliding stuff.

  14. Success really is in the details. And your attention to bathroom detail here - by prettying up a commode - is sheer perfection. Who would think to do that? Lovely! And I've always admired your painting above the toilet. XOXO

  15. Marty,
    This is so clever! And I LOVE a simple project!
    I would be so happy if you would stop by my blog and join the Something to Talk About blog hop link party!
    We run Monday 6am- Thursday!
    Have a great weekend!

  16. What a wonderful idea--so creative and beautiful!

  17. I LOVE that tray Marty...I love the pretty gallery hanging above it too!!

  18. Such a cute idea, Marty! Your bathroom is so elegant and pretty!

  19. Marty this is such a great diy! I can see why it is a favorite and Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

  20. GREAT IDEA! Been looking to buy something like this...but thanks to you I'll make one myself!