This hack starts and ends in the bathroom. THE BATHROOM? Let me explain.
We had recently moved into our newest rental home and I had finally found a cheap piece of storage furniture that looked decent enough to store our bathroom items in. As I was putting things in order (maybe it was from pure exhaustion) that bathtub was looking REALLY good. I envisioned soaking in a room of solace. I needed candles, and lots of them, asap! Then exfoliating scrubbers. Yes, those are a must. Ooh, and a back scratcher! I also needed a home for cotton balls and q-tips. Yes, those are good to have on hand. Hmm, maybe a nice collection of glass jars would look nice holding those. But I don’t just want a bunch of jars sitting around. Maybe they would look nice on a tray! Yes, I’ll add that to my list, too…. As sounds from my screaming children snapped me back into reality, I proceeded to finish my work – but did not forget. No, folks. I do not forget!
The next day I set out on my hunt for candles, something to place them on, glass storage jars, and a white tray. I found everything but the tray. DARN it! Unwilling to go home without my complete list checked off, I grabbed a picture frame and decided it was going to have to take one for the team.
I also grabbed 2 closet door handles that I envisioned being used as handles on the tray. Once home, I tried to figure out logistics. Buy before you think it through, because that’s smart, right?! Tisk, tisk, Rachel! (Call me CRAZY)!
Once I removed the glass from the frame, I was left with a super thin piece of wood (if it’s even wood?). I knew I would not be using the tray to actually carry heavy objects around, but more to keep things organized in a ‘home’ spot. (If one wanted to use it for more carrying, I would recommend cutting thicker wood in it’s place). I’m not sure WHY I was dead set on a wicker type, natural feel bottom -but I was. I had some twine in my craft room and got some wild idea to weave it, then modge podge it onto the wood. This was to be my tray base.
(That part turned out okay. I don’t LOVE it, but it’s worked wonderfully. If I have the time, I may try and just cut wood, then stain and seal it as a replacement.)
I centered the handles onto the frame and marked, then drilled through. I had to drill deeper down into the frame so that my door handle screw would be long enough to attach. I just used a much smaller bit for the deeper part, as I wanted my screws to catch, and not just fall through. I covered the screw areas with foam protectors, and that was it! I had my white tray that apparently the universe did not want me to have. TAKE THAT, Universe!
What do you think?
Aaaaand now to my bath….