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Let me set the tone for you: it's 5 o'clock and you've been up since before the crack of dawn. You've run through a list of what feels like a million to-dos and you're tired. It's getting to be that time of day when you realize that this list that you've spent your whole day trying to tackle has only doubled since your day started, and you just want to catch a break.
Believe me, I've been there. And it's happened a lot.
Sometimes we all just need to take a break for ourselves and rejuvenate. One way I like to do that is to take a hydrating bubble bath with spa-like music playing in my bathroom; I put my phone on airplane mode (so I can get wifi to stream music, but no texts/calls come through), and then I just crank up the bubbles and try to escape for even just 10-15 minutes. What I do is find the most efficient way to make my bathroom feel like my own personal spa, and then let myself escape for just a little while.
There are a number of ways you can make your bathroom feel like a spa--using a bath caddy, having freshly cleaned towels warmed up from the dryer, turning the lights down and illuminating the room with candles, and even using exfoliating and hydrating bath products.
Today, I want to share a DIY project with you and talk about how I made my bath caddy:
What You'll Need:
- 1 wooden board
- chalk paint
- paint brushes
- 2 cabinet/drawer hardware pieces (and screws)
- 2 wooden square dowels (optional)
If you have a detached bathtub, use wooden dowels (shown in photo above) to attach on the ends underneath the bath caddy, as to prevent the caddy from sliding and moving around. If you have an attached bathtub, you don't necessarily need them--but if you are going to apply them, have the wood cut into a 1 inch dowel and use either nails or screws to attach them to the bottom (on the ends).
We used red oak for the board, but you can use whichever you prefer. Before you go to your local hardware store, use a tape measure to calculate how long your board needs to be. Our bathtub from edge to wall was 28.5 inches, so I had it cut to 26 to accommodate the wall and overhang.
Once you have your wood, grab a chalk paint of your choice and do 2 even coats all around.
Once it's dry, then grab a stencil of your choosing--we went with this fun geometric pattern.
Use a tape measure to mark where you want the stencil painted on your board. Then when you have the spot where you want to paint, grab some tape and gently attach the stencil to the painted board.
Use a sharpened pencil to outline your stencil. You will be painting over the stencil, so this is OK.
The purpose of stenciling first with a pencil also gives you the option to make changes--whereas painting it and then regretting it after is the alternative. I happened to love my stencil and its location, so once I was happy with it I grabbed some white acrylic paint and carefully painted over my pencil mark.
Once your stencil is dry and complete, finish the look by attaching drawer hardware to the ends--we used kitchen drawers hardware and a screwdriver (attaching the metal rods from the back with a screw and screwdriver) in a silver/chrome finish.
As I mentioned before, having a bath caddy is one easy way to make the bathroom feel more like an escape, as well as using bath products like Softsoap Fresh & Glow Exfoliating Fruit Polish Body Wash and Softsoap Fresh & Glow Hydrating Shower Cream Body Wash.
Start off your bath with some Softsoap Fresh & Glow Exfoliating Fruit Polish Body Wash, as it will break down that dull-looking skin and revive yours to give you a glow. Then try some Softsoap Fresh & Glow Hydrating Shower Cream Body Wash to hydrate your dry skin and lock in moisture. Both of these products are packed with 100% real extracts, and using Softsoap is an easy way to get a luxurious bath experience at home for an affordable price!
We buy our Softsoap at our local Walmart down the street, and it's the definition of convenience!
How do you make your bath at home feel more luxurious?