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DIY Wooden Bathmat

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Elly Keen

If you’re looking for a mini project to do this weekend, this DIY Wooden Bathmat is an easy beginner’s project which can make a big impact in your small bathroom!

Sometimes, it’s hard to make a small space feel styled and put together, especially in an area like a bathroom.

Most of the time, things like a shower or vanity can’t be easily changed — so coming up with new ways to freshen up a bathroom without undertaking a big renovation can be tricky.

One way to make your bathroom look and feel more luxurious is to update the space with a few accessories.

 

How to build your own DIY Wooden Bathmat - Eclectic Creative

If you have a small bathroom, it’s best not to go overboard with accessories as this can make the space feel cluttered and even more cramped.

Rather, choose a few simple accessories to pull a small space together and actually help it to appear more spacious.

Adding a candle or two, some nice towels or a plant is one way to update a boring bathroom and then there’s the bathmat…

A bathmat is one of the most important bathroom accessories and while I do like the rug in the bathroom trend, the practicality of it doesn’t quite seem right.

 

How to build your own DIY Wooden Bathmat - Eclectic Creative

A wooden bathmat on the other hand is functional and beautiful décor piece that can transform any bathroom into a spa-like experience.

Gone are the days of a soggy bath mat, that you dread having to hang over the shower rail and wash every couple of days because a wooden bathmat is completely self-drying.

Stepping out onto a wooden bathmat has truly changed my bathing experience and the whole look of my little bathroom!

So, if you’re looking for a way to update your bathroom – try a small project, like this wooden bathmat which will help to freshen up the space while still giving you that DIY satisfaction.

 

“This DIY Wooden Bathmat is an easy beginner’s project which can make a big impact in your small bathroom

Instructions for DIY Wooden Bathmat

 

The materials you will need to make this wooden bathmat are:

 

  • 16x hardwood planks measuring 400mm x 40mm
  • 3x timber supports measuring 800mm x 40mm
  • A pencil
  • Wood glue
  • Electric Drill
  • 48 galvanised screws
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Oil-based stain
  • A Paint brush

 

How to build your own DIY Wooden Bathmat - Eclectic Creative

1. Firstly, take the three timber supports and lay on a flat surface.

How to build your own DIY Wooden Bathmat - Eclectic Creative

2. Then, line up the hardwood slats on top of the timber supports and use a pencil to mark the position of each slat on the support beam.

 

“Handy Tip: Use a pencil to create an even space between each slat.”

How to build your own DIY Wooden Bathmat - Eclectic Creative

3. On your pre-marked pencil lines, apply a pea sized amount of wood glue.

 

How to build your own DIY Wooden Bathmat - Eclectic Creative

4. Carefully position each hardwood slat on top of the wood glue.

 

How to build your own DIY Wooden Bathmat - Eclectic Creative

5. Use a heavy object, like a chopping board to apply pressure and leave the wood glue to dry for at least an hour.

 

How to build your own DIY Wooden Bathmat - Eclectic Creative

6. Once the wood glue has dried, flip the bathmat over and pre-drill a series of holes. Because you are using a hardwood, it is essential to pre-drill your holes.

Once pre-drilled, switch your drill piece and counter-sink the holes. This will allow your screws to go all the way into the wood so they sit flush and are not poking out.

 

How to build your own DIY Wooden Bathmat - Eclectic Creative

7. Now you’re ready to screw your bathmat together.

 

How to build your own DIY Wooden Bathmat - Eclectic Creative

8. Next, give the bathmat a gentle sand all over, paying special attention to the sides and corners.

 

How to build your own DIY Wooden Bathmat - Eclectic Creative

9. Apply one or two coats of an oil-based stain which will act as a waterproof barrier to protect your timber.

 

How to build your own DIY Wooden Bathmat - Eclectic Creative

10. Every few weeks, make sure to clean the bottom of your bathmat using a small amount of detergent and soft cloth.

 

How to build your own DIY Wooden Bathmat - Eclectic Creative

“Stepping out onto a wooden bathmat has truly changed my bathing experience and the whole look of my little bathroom!

How to build your own DIY Wooden Bathmat - Eclectic Creative
Building a wooden bathmat: re-purposed vs new?

 

Remember the DIY Cane Headboard project?

The hardwood used for this wooden bathmat is actually re-purposed slats from the headboard!

But don’t worry if you don’t have 16 headboard slats just lying around.

Similar hardwood can be purchased from your local hardware store or recycled timber centre — try using cedar or teak for an extra luxurious feel.

Elly xx

Elly Keen

Eclectic Creative Blog Contributor

 

Elly Keen realised her love for interior styling while decorating her rental gem in New Zealand’s coolest little capital, Wellington. This enjoyment for styling objects and spaces led to Keenie / DIY, a lifestyle blog where Elly regularly contributes clever DIY ideas and home decorating inspiration. Elly’s styling and photography has a deeply personal touch, reflecting her own home environment that is eclectic, warm and constantly evolving.
Connect with Elly on Instagram: @keeniediy | Pinterest keeniediy | Website keeniediy.com

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