We’ve recently added a deck to the back of our house and can’t wait to share it with folks, so a simple serving tray project was right on time. This would also make a great gift! pssst, a bag of coffee and a couple of pretty mugs would make it extra nice. ; )
I’ve seen lots of beautiful examples of serving trays on Pinterest, but I’m always drawn to simple — the simpler the better. I love the look of the trays made with pallet wood, but I don’t love taking a pallet apart. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Am I right?
We made 4 serving trays (2 rectangle & 2 round) using the wood pictured above from Lowes.
On the left is a paint-grade panel, 1″ X 16″ X 48″ that we’ll cut in half to make 2 trays. It cost just under $11.
On the right are two 18″ round, stain-grade panels that were just under $11 each. We won’t use any hardware for this style since it’s typically held from underneath.
I also bought drawer pulls from Lowes for the rectangle tray which cost just under $4 each. They could be salvaged to make this a bit cheaper.
The first step was to simply cut the large panel in half and sand all 4 pieces.
Since we were likely going to sand them a little after painting them for an aged look, we first applied a dark walnut stain. In my opinion, leaving the wood raw looks a little too bright & new.
Once the stain was completely dry, we could paint them with our own unique design.
If you’d like to design & transfer an image to your tray, CLICK HERE for a tutorial of one way to do that, but the possibilities are endless… you could use stencils, stamps, decoupage… whatever you like.
Sonny & Samuel are into all things military right now, so Sonny went with an American flag and Samuel went with the Air Force symbol. Wouldn’t this make a great gift for anyone in the service or law enforcement?
I had sunflowers in mind for this project…
The French word for sunflower is tournesol, which means “turned toward the sun”. That’s a great way to start the day!
And of course, we need this too…
Don’t forget to apply 2 coats of a clear sealer. I like to use a flat spray. Easy.
***Helpful hint if you make the tray with hardware***
When we attached the drawer pulls, I wanted them to be recessed into the back, so that the tray would sit level on a table and wouldn’t scratch it.
On the top side, we drilled the holes through, with a smaller drill bit. This did require that we buy shorter screws than the ones that came with the drawer pulls, but they cost very little, and are also available at Lowes.
In life, faith & art ~ Jamie