Time for an intervention, folks. I’m addicted to using old cedar planks. It started innocently. First, I used a few to create a slim entry shelf. More recently, we planked one wall in our bedroom. And now, our bathroom is rocking a new cedar tub shelf/caddy thingy. What am I going to do when I run out? Ahhh!
The process couldn’t have been easier, either. I measured from outside edge to outside edge of the tub (29 inches) and added two more inches for overhang. Then I measured the inside of the tub (24 inches). I cut an extra piece of cedar down to 31 inches and made two 1 1/2 inch wide strips. On the back side of my wood, I marked 3 1/2 inches (the difference between my outside and inside measurements) from either side to attach my small strips.
Setting a flat board would certainly work, but I wanted the cleats to keep the shelf in place if it got bumped. It can only move about 1/2 inch before it hits the other side of the tub so it can’t crash down. To attach the strips, I used two screws in each and flipped it back over. With a fine grit sand paper, I smoothed out the rough edges.
After sanding, I applied a light coat of teak oil to seal everything. Took maybe 20 minutes to make. And I’ve got a place to set a book or whatever while relaxing.
I considered making a walnut board, but I thought the darker color would draw more attention. This way, light color blends in and allows other elements to shine.
Cedar is also more naturally water-resistant, so it should handle splashes better. Crazy simple and totally functional. Feels a little fancy-pants, too.