DIY spa display ledge by the tub

February 13, 2019

You may remember the DIY picture ledges I built for our family room: 
Get the Pottery Barn look on walls with DIY picture ledges

You can buy these but they are SOOOO much cheaper to build. And I haven't found them for purchase in the long lengths I made.

I plan to add a few of them to another spot in our house, and I've wanted to build one for our master bath for awhile. These shelves are so versatile -- I love them! 

I'll direct you to my last post about these DIY ledges for the full tutorial, but this is how they are put together: 
How to build DIY picture ledges

This one is made from all scrap wood -- I knew I was painting it so the woods didn't have to match. (I stained my other set.)

I assembled the ledge and then spray painted it black. Then hung it on the wall next to our tub: 

DIY picture ledge project for candles next to tub

I figured it would look great there and I was right! :) I have my (affiliate) tub tray/caddy that I love, but I wanted something that we could keep candles on and that would be pretty addition all of the time. 

We can also use it to hold the iPad while in the tub...perfect!: 
How to make a simple wood shelf for candles in bathroom

The candles are from IKEA and the votives are some of my favorite Goodwill finds. I found the "lather" printable for free (I went back to find the link and it's gone from the site -- it looks spammy so I hesitate to link) and the bathtub printable here:
Lather, rinse repeat bathroom printable

I have BIG plans for this bathroom but this is a fun little addition that only took a few minutes to build:
Easy project to add spa-like detail to bathroom

I found the studs in the wall and used long screws to attach the shelf to the wall and into the studs. You can see the screw heads if you look, but they're easy to hide: 
DIY picture ledge by tub

If you search "lather, rinse, repeat" you can find similar free printables! I realized afterwards that this one technically says rinse, lather, repeat -- I'm not picky. 😂 The bathtub printable from Etsy came with another similar version that I plan to hang in the bathroom. So cute. 

I didn't spend anything on this one since I had all of the materials. But even for longer ones it's so much cheaper to make them yourself! 

This shelf is four feet long -- while I was at IKEA I saw they have a similar one for $13 (it's not quite four feet). That's a good price! But not as good as free: 
Simple DIY wood ledge by tub

These little shelves can serve so many purposes! I can't wait to show you what I have planned in our basement. :)

Have you tried building one of these ledges? If you get the wood cut at the hardware store, all you need is a drill and a nail gun and/or nails and a hammer.

You can read more about the two-toned IKEA cabinet makeover in this room here:
Two toned IKEA cabinet makeover

And see how I hung the faux pendant light here:
DIY faux pendant over tub

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  1. Looks really good. It's amazing how a spot of black can wake up an area.

  2. I love this little project! So cute.

  3. Love everything you do!!! Have you thought about painting that white wall art on your staircase wall the same color as your fireplace accent wall? It would really pop.

  4. That's such a great idea!!! I am definitely doing this in my master bathroom!!!


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