Sunday, May 20, 2012
Make your own wood tray!
First things first : I found the tutorial for how to make this tray at : http://www.shanty-2-chic.com/2012/04/diy-magazine-tray.html . This blog is fantastic for tutorials on how to make your own, well, lots of things! I didn't add hardware other than the handles. These handy dandy wood trays are made from furring strips- not the smoothest wood you could use, but it adds to the distressed, less than perfect look. It also made this tray around $5 ish dollars or so to make- including the handles. It's a pretty decent size tray too- sturdy!
So the details: I painted parts of it brown, then aqua. I decided it was a bit too aqua for my liking, added a vinyl stencil, then painted white. Before the paint dried, I peeled off the stencil, revealing the undercoat I'd distressed a bit. I'm still not completely sold on how I painted it, but I'm not sure what I'd do differently. I have more wood in my garage to make another one, and I want to put some kind of a word on the side, I just can't figure out what I want to put. I can't really paint it until I decide. Bahhh!
I definitely recommend making these- I did use my miter saw instead of the hand saw the tutorial recommended. Maybe mine was really dull, but I tried it and it just was not a happening for me. Then I ended up with an uneven cut. Double Bahhh!