Simple Tray for Organizing the Bathroom or Other Rooms

by Amanda
3 Materials
1 Hour
My sister’s main bathroom doesn’t have any storage space, so she asked if I could make her a small tray for on top of the toilet.
This is the perfect project to use scrap boards and can easily be modified to fit your space and style. I used 1x4 furring strip boards for the sides and a thin plywood piece for the bottom.
Cut your boards to size. Toilet tanks do not come in a standard size, so make sure you measure your intended area. My cuts were 13 1/2” for the long sides, and 5 1/2” for the short sides. The 1x4s were about 5/8” thick, so the plywood was cut to 12 1/4” x 5 1/2”.
I wanted this tray to have a farmhouse look, so I did a quick coat of stain followed by a whitewash (1 part flat white paint, 3 parts water). Left side is before wiping the whitewash off, right is after wiping.
It wasn’t quite light enough, so I did a second whitewash. Once dry, I glued and nailed the pieces together using trim nails.
I also put some fun sayings on both sides, so the tray can easily be flipped around to change things up.

As I said before, I made this using scrap pieces, but a 1x4 furring strip is less than $2. The plywood scrap I used was 3/8”, but any scrap plywood or even a thin board (such as a 1x6) will work.
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