DIY Tub Shelf

July 10, 2014

tubShelf-5Our house has this beautiful soaking tub and last year when we bought it I knew I wanted to make a tub shelf for it. I always thought that they would be a fun addition to bath time relaxing but when your tub is also your shower you don’t want have to move it around every single time. But this house has a separate tub and shower making it perfect for a tub shelf. tubShelf-6

You will need a board measured to go all the way across your tub, I measured from the outside edge to the outside edge to make sure it was long enough not to accidentally fall in. Also, stain, paper towel, polyurethane or polyacrylic and two sponge brushes.

I used some wood stain and polyacrylic I had left over from previous projects, the stain is Rust-oleum in american walnut. If you have not stained anything before it is really easy don’t worry. Make sure the surface is clean and free of any dust before getting started. Cover the entire surface that you are working on with a generous amount of stain using one of your sponge brushes. Allow it to soak for a few minutes (longer will make the stain darker) and then wipe off the excess stain with your paper towels.


I chose this piece of board because it had a little character to it, it was beat up and had some previous painting job get a few splatters on it. Also it is very heavy making the chances of accidentally getting knocked over less likely.

Repeat staining all the sides of your board, it is good to check the vertical sides after staining the top because drips will happen and they are easier to deal with if they haven’t soaked in very long.


Once you have all the sides stained and dried you can seal up your project using your polyurethane or polyacrylic. I used just a single coat on all sides because I didn’t want it getting to be too shiny or slick. I have not used polyurethane so I’m not sure if it would give you as shiny and slick surface as the polyacrylic.

tubShelf-1I am so excited to be decorating more spaces around our house. We will be having a contractor stop by to give us quotes on a few of the projects that are too large for me to tackle but I’m definitely in the market for some new lighting fixtures for this room and a simple fabric curtain for the tiny window it has. I look forward to sharing my progress with you!


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  • Reply Dianna July 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Um, i TOTALLY want your soaking tub…that is beautiful!

    • Reply Michaela July 16, 2014 at 9:46 am

      Thanks! It is a great relaxing spot.

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