Simple Bathroom Refresh + DIY Tray

You guys, I was watching Trading Spaces the other night and it was down right SCARY. I’m not kidding, they painted someone’s bedroom in four different colors. It was pink, yellow, blue, and green. Even the furniture was painted to correspond with each color in the room. It was basically like a rainbow exploded. To each their own I guess, but EEESH. That room would stress me out. Anyway, enough about that–let’s move on to more relaxing things! I wanted to share a simple little bathroom refresh with you guys today, along with a DIY bathtub tray I made recently.

So I made that little bathtub tray recently and it was SO darn easy. I just measured the length of the bathtub, cut a piece of pine to length, and then I used chalky spray paint to paint it white. I finished it off with a little distressing and a topcoat of the chalky matte clear wax finish to seal it. Then I screwed two handles on each side (from Hobby Lobby) and that was it. Easiest tray ever.

This little tray was seriously so quick and now I’m wondering why I didn’t make one a long time ago. I love using it when I’m soaking in the tub–it’s perfect for holding my book, candle, etc. It even works well for chocolate cake. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing. And on an unrelated note, I’ve been loving two drops of Peace & Calming essential oil in the bath to help me unwind. SO GOOD.

I like to keep these shelves pretty simple–just a few extra towels and a little greenery. And I always keep extra soap in an old jar. My father in law actually made these floating shelves, but Target carries some that are very similar.

If you’ve been around for a while you might remember that DIY towel rack I made from an old bed frame. Isn’t it cute?! I actually still use it and it’s one of my favorite DIYs ever.

I really haven’t shared this area in my bathroom very often, but I love it. It’s kind of like my mini at-home spa, especially now that I have a little bathtub tray for all my goodies. I just wish it stayed looking this cute all the time! But at least it’s cute now, right? We’ll see how long it lasts! Anyway, thanks so much for dropping by today. I hope this gives you an idea or two for your own home. xoxo

More posts you might want to check out while you’re here:

DIY Chalk Paint Review

Easy Front Door Makeover

Easy Front Room Updates

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  1. 4.3.19

    Hi! Looking for wooden floating shelves for in my kitchen. Love the ones in your bathroom redo. We’re they made or bought ? If bought can you provide source ? Thx for always sharing your talent and inspiration!💕

    • 4.3.19
      Sarah said:

      Good morning Joann! My father in law made those shelves, but Target carries some floating shelves that are almost identical. I have two in my kitchen and I LOVE them. You can see them here:

  2. 4.3.19
    Brenda said:

    Thank-you for inspiring me to do a redo in my bathroom. Have a beautiful day!

  3. 4.3.19

    Good Morning

    First, I am new to your blog (past few months) and I have to say how much I am LOVING it!! You’ve added so great finds to your home, and they’ve found their way into my home as well.

    The little table next to your tub is adorable. Can you tell me if that’s an original or if you bought that somewhere?

    Thanks for all the great ideas and photos! Happy blogging….


    • 4.3.19
      Sarah said:

      Thank you so much Rachel!! So happy you found me 🙂 And that little tray is actually from Marshall’s last summer. Wish I had a link for you!

  4. 4.3.19

    Absolutely love your bathroom Sarah! Love that tray! I also love those shelves. Thanks for sharing Sarah! xoxo🌷🌷🌷🌷💜

    • 4.3.19
      Sarah said:

      thank you sweet Becky, happy Wednesday!

  5. 4.3.19
    Melissa Filson said:

    How cute is that tray?!?! I love the handles!! I’ve wanted to make one of those towel racks or do something similar with an old bed since the first time I saw yours! It is so darn cute!!! Loving everything about this space Sarah! 💛💛💛

    • 4.3.19
      Sarah said:

      Oh yeah!! I actually forgot that I made that towel rack Melissa. So many DIY’s in this bathroom, I can’t keep track!

      • 4.3.19
        Carol said:

        Hello, I really enjoy following you. Where did you get the handles for the board?

        • 4.3.19
          Sarah said:

          Hi Carol, they’re from Hobby Lobby!

      • 4.3.19
        Michelle Lester said:

        Where are the curtains from?

  6. 4.3.19
    dee said:

    Do you have to attach the two boards across the bottom of the tub tray? Are they for support?
    Love your inspirations!! You are SO talented! Thanks for sharing.

    • 4.3.19
      Sarah said:

      Ah thank you Dee, you are so sweet! And those boards on the bottom are to help it from sliding on the top, but clearly I put them too far out. They needed to be closer to the edge!

  7. 4.3.19

    Sarah, I love this tray idea! I think it would make the perfect gift for mothers day or a sister or girlfriends birthday! I think I’ll have to try this and gift it with some of my fave EO and some florals…it would be so pretty wrapped up!

    • 4.3.19
      Sarah said:

      Oh that’s a really good idea Dena!! It’s seriously the easiest thing ever.

  8. 4.3.19
    Tammy Ganci said:

    Hi, just wondering. I am going to chalk paint using the spray paint version. My question is do I have to seal it with wax? And if yes or no, can I use the item right away, I have been reading up on it and I get conflicting reports lolol some say to let the piece cure for 3 weeks.

    Have a blessed day
    Love your blog friend,
    P.S. You may recall I wanted to chalk paint months ago but now I am ready!!!!!

  9. 4.3.19
    Steve said:

    I love the little bathtub tray. So simple but it looks perfect with your tub.

    • 4.3.19
      Sarah said:

      thanks Steve!

  10. 4.3.19
    Diana Reeser said:

    Sarah! Are you loving that book? I sure did!!
    And I love your cute little bath spa!

    • 4.3.19
      Sarah said:

      Yesssss! loved the book so much!

  11. 4.3.19
    Susie said:

    Luv the tile floor & wall tile. Where did u get that tile & brand name? Both you diys are beautiful!!

    • 4.3.19
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Susie, we got it form a local shop on clearance. On the floor it’s tile that is meant to look like wood, but I can’t remember the name.

  12. 4.3.19
    Shannon said:

    Love your blog and great affordable ideas! Why anyone would let Trading Spaces into their homes is beyond me! I can’t watch that show any more because of all the horrible designs they do, to bad.

    • 4.3.19
      Sarah said:

      RIGHT?! I felt bad for the people. They tried to act ok with it but you inside they’re dying. Craziness!!

  13. 4.3.19
    Carol Holtorf said:

    Love it. I have always wanted one of these. So simple but so clever….

  14. 4.3.19
    Susan Jardine said:

    Gorgeous spa like bathroom. Love it! And Peace and Calming is my #2 fave YL oil.

  15. 4.3.19
    Sandy Mccrea said:

    You are so very talented. Love the bathroom…so very cozy. Always look forward to reading your blog. Keep up the good work

    • 4.4.19
      Sarah said:

      thank you so much Sandy!

      • 5.3.19
        Lisa said:

        Very pretty! Where did you get the curtains?

  16. 4.3.19
    Cindy said:

    Love your soaking tub🥰
    Also, Trading Spaces. It’s not even fun to watch when they do that crap. Hildi just wants the shock factor & totally forgot that was their MASTER BEDROOM!! And that flooring is going to be really hard to tear out.

    • 4.4.19
      Sarah said:

      right?! That show is just scary now. I used to love it but eeesh!

  17. 4.4.19
    Felicity said:

    I love the stand beside the tub! Something like that would be perfect in my small bathroom. Any ideas?

    • 4.4.19
      Sarah said:

      Thanks Felicity, it’s from Marshall’s!

  18. 4.9.19
    Axel Rich said:

    Hello Sarah, That’s quite an interesting project, Love the sign!

  19. 11.5.19
    valerie said:

    I am wanting to put a curtain up over the large window over my tub and I remembered seeing this post and how cute those curtains are. I thought maybe you had made them but then I saw the grommets. Where did you get them? That window is so darn hard, options are few!