Relax and have a tipple with our wooden bath shelf with handy glass holder
You will need
one piece of live edge wood, ours was £30 from eBay
Bosch PSB 18 LI-2 Ergonomic drill, £100
offcuts of ‘L’-shaped wooden decorative moulding
vintage sea shell botanical prints, downloaded from www.ellaclaireinspired.com
1 Begin by trimming the board to size – measure the width of your bath and add 4cm to it; this is a good length to work to. Use a saw to trim away the excess then sand it all over and wipe with a damp cloth. Measure and mark a point 20cm along from one end of the board, 5cm in from the live edge. Drill a hole through, using a 12mm drill bit. Draw two straight lines, each leading out from the drilled hole to the live edge of the wood, keeping them parallel. They should be around 12mm apart.
2 Cut along the two lines to create a channel, leading from the edge of the board to the drilled hole. Sand the channel edges. Check now that you can fit a wine glass stem in it comfortably – if it’s too tight, sand or saw more away until it fits. Next, measure the inside width of your bath, then take 2cm away from it. Making sure to stay central, mark this measurement on your board, then cut and screw a piece of L-shaped moulding at each point, facing outwards as pictured. This will anchor the shelf on the bath.
3 Print out your vintage illustrations and glue them onto the board with PVA. Once dry, sand all over once again, paying attention to the edges of the illustrations to give them a worn look. Apply two coats of clear varnish all over to finish and protect the découpage.
If your wine glass stems are thicker than average, use a wider drill bit to make a bigger channel.
Feature and styling Sophie Holt
Photo Lizzie Orme