Farmhouse Bathtub Caddy DIY

3 Materials
2 Days

Have you seen the beautiful bathtub caddies floating around the internet? Did you say, Hey I could make that!

Me Tooo!
farmhouse bathtub caddy diy
First measure your bathtub and see if you have room for a caddy.  I measured the width and then added 2.5 inches on either side.  I bought pine boards and had them cut to the length that I needed.  Home Depot and Lowes will cut the lumber for you if you ask really nicely! 
farmhouse bathtub caddy diy
Then measure the width of the 2 or 3 boards together so that you can have two support pieces as well.
farmhouse bathtub caddy diy
I used Minwax in Classic Gray and Ebony.  I can't give you exact measurements because it will depend on the wood.  I used the SMALLEST size and had a ton left over.
farmhouse bathtub caddy diy
A clean old sock is the BEST thing for staining wood.   Lightly sand the wood and then wipe clean.
farmhouse bathtub caddy diy
I started with one coat of Classic Gray. Then I added two or three coats of Ebony on top of that.  Eyeball it to see how dark you want it.
farmhouse bathtub caddy diy
Then I used 3 coats of wipe on Poly.  It is sooo easy and my go to sealer.
farmhouse bathtub caddy diy
Glue them all together and wipe away any spills. Clamp em up.  I waited 24 hours for the glue to set.
farmhouse bathtub caddy diy
Place the support pieces where you marked the sides and screw them in place. (I glued them first and then screwed them in)
farmhouse bathtub caddy diy
Add pretty hardware!  I found these at Target where all of the fun things live.
farmhouse bathtub caddy diy
Now place your iPad on the bathtub caddy and hope to goodness that it doesn't fall in.  I'm willing to risk it. I use a cast iron cook book stand to hold my iPad.   Yet another Target find!Now turn on The Crown and enjoy your handiwork!

Resources for this project:

1 in. x 4 in. x 6 ft. S4S Red Oak Board (2-Pack)
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1 question
  • Susie
    on Mar 17, 2018

    I'm just curious. What is the bath tub shape? Oval or round? What are the dimensions of your bathtub?

    • Phyllis Harris
      on Feb 12, 2019

      Beautiful!!! yup a back ledge to help in a slide and putting your Ipad in a heavy ziplock bag while using a bluetooth speaker would make this Ideal...Although I plan to have a perm TV on the wall near the tub!

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  • Jjf9789637
    on Mar 18, 2018

    OH DAMN!!! You nailed it!!! PERFECT!!!

  • Sheri Farley
    on Aug 3, 2018

    Girl!! You are so righ! Bathroom caddies are expensive!! But look at you go fixed that problem! Bam!! I love everything about it the word the stain the handles everything!!! I have one suggestion just one mind you and I think it will work for all us bath bathing iPad toting ladies out there are go glad you came up with this ide!! I know I am!! so I thought about this idea so you won’t have to worry about knocking the iPad or your cook book stand in your spa for the day tub😃 take the stand and bolt one side of the stand left or right side which ever one you want then (not both sides!) you would then be able to close the stand then lay it down flat (I hope this making sense!) On the top of your caddy I’m sorry I cannot tell you what kind of brackets I have them pictured in my head A u bracket turned upside down is all I can think of to explain it Or you could use some small vintage door hinges from something at the thrift store s jewelry box etc. or at your local Michaels hobby lobby A.C. Moore’s online Home Depot Lowes use you’re imagination what you would like to use or you could just leave it standing if you didn’t want to lay it down after you bolted the one side down and put something else on it when you’re not using it a picture and book of poems. But any whooo thanks for sharing I love your idea! Hope to make my own soon!

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