DIY Cedar Bath Mat

DIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythoughtIf you don’t have big renovations in the works for your home, like a kitchen redo (my dream!), a new living room or a complete yard makeover, little projects and updates are a good way to bring a fresh look to your space while you wait for the day you can tackle those bigger projects. This simple & modern bath mat brings a spa-like feel to your bathroom and is an easy enough project to tackle over a weekend! We chose cedar because it’s an affordable water-resistant wood, that’s also soft, so it’s great for stepping on; teak would also be a great choice if your budget is a little higher. Wood bath mats might take a bit to get used to (think of stepping on them as a mini foot massage!), but the clean, modern look definitely wins us over!DIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythoughtDIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythoughtDIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythought
DIY Cedar Bath Mat

Materials Needed:
– cedar board – 1x6x10
– circular saw
– table saw
– measuring tape
– pencil
– sand paper
– wood glue
– nail gun (or hammer & nails)
– teak oil (or another kind of water-resistant finish)
– paint brush & ragDIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythoughtDIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythoughtDIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythoughtDIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythoughtDIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythoughtDIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythoughtDIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythoughtDIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythought
Cut board into 30″ pieces using circular saw. Cut three of the 30″pieces to width (for slats), 1.75″ on the table saw. Cut the three support pieces from the renaming wood – ours are 1.75″ wide, 3/8″ thick and 18″ long. Sand all the pieces. Arrange wooden slats as you’d like your mat to look, with the bottom side of the wood slats facing up. We spaced our slats 3/8″ apart. (To make spacing easier, make 3/8″ spacers out of scrap wood). Place a dab of wood glue on each slat, one inch from the edge. Place a support piece over the glue and nail down, keeping the ends of the slats even. Repeat on the other end and with the center support piece. Let the glue dry. Once glue is dry, apply finish, following manufacturer’s instructions.
DIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythoughtDIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythought
DIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythought
DIY Cedar Bath Mat @themerrythought


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  • Jenny TWednesday, July 29, 2015 - 12:46 pm

    Is their a lot of maintenance with this type of bath mat? I feel like some water would still drip between the boards leaving me with more clean up than a regular mat? It is visually appealing though which always comes first!ReplyCancel

    • MandaFriday, July 31, 2015 - 9:28 am

      Hi Jenny – some water will get on the floor when stepping on the mat. (I usually half dry off before I step out of the shower, so it hasn’t really been an issue for me of too much water that I’m needing to clean it up). I read that someone put a thin, small towel under their wood bath mat to catch extra water, and just threw that in the wash as needed, so that’s always an idea. Other than that, it shouldn’t need any other maintenance (we haven’t been using ours for very long yet, so I’m not positive on that, but from the research I did on them, it seems like people love them for being pretty & super easy to care for!). Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl YoderMonday, August 15, 2016 - 10:55 am

    I have always wanted one of these, but they are a little pricey. Now thanks to you I can make one myself with your free how to. I do have a questions for you; Do you have to use a circular saw, can’t all the cuts be done on a table saw? My circular saw is old and heavy so I can’t do very straight cuts with it.
    Now to go find that beautiful looking piece of wood for this project.
    Thank you again for sharing this DIY project.ReplyCancel

    • MandaMonday, August 15, 2016 - 10:45 pm

      Hi – yes, you can just use a table saw. Glad you’re going to make one! We’re still using ours and still love it!ReplyCancel

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