DIY Wooden Bathmat
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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.
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.
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
1. Firstly, take the three timber supports and lay on a flat surface.
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.”
3. On your pre-marked pencil lines, apply a pea sized amount of wood glue.
4. Carefully position each hardwood slat on top of the wood glue.
5. Use a heavy object, like a chopping board to apply pressure and leave the wood glue to dry for at least an hour.
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.
7. Now you’re ready to screw your bathmat together.
8. Next, give the bathmat a gentle sand all over, paying special attention to the sides and corners.
9. Apply one or two coats of an oil-based stain which will act as a waterproof barrier to protect your timber.
10. Every few weeks, make sure to clean the bottom of your bathmat using a small amount of detergent and soft cloth.
“Stepping out onto a wooden bathmat has truly changed my bathing experience and the whole look of my little bathroom!“
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.
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