i love a good long soak in a bubbly, hot bath. it's not just the water, the temperature or the fact that i can't hear the shouting when the boys are playing fifa... it's the time i can spend alone and genuinely have nothing to do but think.
thinking is awesome. i let my mind wander to so many weird and wonderful places sometimes. but whenever i get a bit of time to myself i always think is should be doing something a bit more constructive. the washing up needs doing, the bedroom is a mess, i have projects that need completing, i want to draw doctor who characters, christmas cards need making, that new matthew perry show looks good... too many things i need to be worrying about rather than sit staring into space...
which is why the bath is the perfect place for it. apart from read another disturbing crime thriller novel, i have nothing on the agenda but wash and think. i have some of my greatest ideas in the tub, strokes of pure genius surrounded by soft white bubbles. but then disaster... i have nowhere to write them down. then i get out, get dried, stick on my slippers and forget the lot. i also have nowhere to put my book when i'm washing my feet...
i decided i need a shelf. easy to reach and not taking up any space. that way i can write stuff down, rest my book, have somewhere to put my beer...perfect.
so we headed over to home depot to get some wood. a plank of beautifully grained pine was $6, i went through all of them to make sure i got a nice pattern...my piece is about 3/4 of an inch thick and 46" long.
the home depot will cut any size piece of wood you want for free, providing you bought it at their store. we went to the smaller branch to get mine and unfortunately they don't have a saw, so the next day Ricky and i walked all the way to the big one on Terminal Ave to get it cut.
it was just as well really, as i'd forgotten to measure the width of the bath before we bought the wood anyway...
so off we trot, wood in hand to the home depot. when we get there Ricky decides it's a good time to pick up some bricks for the bbq, so he's following me around the store with 3 of them, which he assures me is way heavier than just 2. 2 is an acceptable amount of bricks to carry. 3 is apparently too many.
i give my beautifully hand picked piece of wood to the young, scruffy looking spider monkey at the saw, asking to have it cut at 30 inches. that leaves the perfect amount of wood to use on the stove top for when we want a little more side space in the kitchen...which is always.
He puts it into the saw and butchers it. completely destroyed. he hands me the two pieces like everything is ok, but the ends are frayed and not even cut all the way through, they're broken at the last minute leaving the ends looking horrific. this is not how i want my wood to look.
home depot tip: the vertical saw they use for big sheets of wood has a much thinner blade, ask them to use that one instead of the regular band saw.
i explained this to the lady behind the returns counter and asked politely for a new piece of wood. i swear to you, no word of a lie, she shrugged her shoulders at me and walked away. shame on you home depot returns lady! shame!
it may only be $6 of wood, but that was my hard earned $6, and i wasn't about to let home depot take another. so i had a quick word with the manager, who was a very nice man, and he sorted me out with fresh wood, his top man in lumber to help with the cut AND a refund to say sorry for the nasty shrug lady. not bad. thanks home depot!
ok, so back to the shelf...
- measure your bath tub before you cut and find something useful to do with the excess.
try this tutorial on transferring photos onto woodblocks.
- if you want your wood to be a different colour, you can use a wood stainer or try this tutorial on how to stain wood naturally with coffee
- Afer that you'll want to put 3 thin coats of Oil Modified Polyurethane over the top on both sides. my brand was Miniwax, it only needs hot water to clean up if you make a mess which is quite handy.
and boom! you're done! super easy, super cheap and hassle free. all you have to do is wipe down the wood after each use. you can even use that tutorial to add a photo to your shelf, should you want to. i might try it and see...