Do you want to know how you can have a tray making frenzy part one? I will show you how you can make a tray in 2 different looks. One is in a French Shabby look and the other one is more coastal.
While browsing in Lowes one day looking for a wood round for another tray project, inspiration struck. I decided not only was I going to make a tray from the round piece of wood but I needed to make rectangle trays. Best of all I decided to use up chair parts. And you know how I love to use chair parts!
I bought a piece of precut lumber 12 x 36 inches. Today’s post will be on the trays I made from that piece of wood.
Soooo to cut the piece of lumber I had to get out the circular saw. Why it intimidates me I don’t know. But I did it. I set up the saw horses and sawed away. And if you don’t have a saw, usually Lowes or Home Depot will cut it for you.
Then I got out the miter saw to cut the chair parts to size so the straight parts are the sides of the tray where the cabinet pulls go.
Speaking of cabinet pulls, make it easy on yourself and get the kind that have the screw holes visible. One set I bought were right. The other two sets have the screw holes underneath. I was able to get screws to fit one set but I had to take the other ones back because the clerk at the hardware store said they were wonky.
Lucky for me I found styles I liked with the holes visible.
Once the pieces were cut to size, I used the wood glue and then got the brad nailer and shot a few brads into the wood. I did it from the top because the glue made the wood slippery. Because of that, I tapped the nail into the wood with the nail set and then filled the tiny hole with wood filler. Once dry, lightly sand to smooth out the wood. Now it is time to paint.
So for the tray that had the handles with the coppery color and rope I used my DIY Chalk Paint Recipe in aqua and painted 2 coats, top and bottom letting it thoroughly dry between coats.
The next color matches the rope and is called Meadowlark by Sherwin-Williams. I only used one coat of the DIY Chalk Paint. I let it dry slightly and then took a damp paper towel and wiped away the paint so the other color shows through. This is the wet distress technique. Once dry, I lightly sanded, wiped with the tack cloth and waxed it with the clear wax.
The drawer pulls for the other tray are more Shabby Chic looking. This tray got the chair parts from the chair seat and are wider. Once again I used wood glue and the brad nailer and then countersank the nails, used wood filler and sanded.
The first coat of paint is a black DIY chalk paint. Then I mixed up a bright white gloss latex paint into chalk paint. It gives it a little shinier look. It took 2 coats of paint.
To stick with the Shabby Chic look, I had a graphic I downloaded from Graphics Fairy. I used that. Lucky for me I had gotten the transfer paper, Saral because the pencil on the back method to transfer didn’t work. I think it is because the gloss white paint was a bit too slick. I traced the design and then went back over it with a Black Sharpie, using the fine tip and extra fine tip. I didn’t want to take any chances that it would smear so I made sure it was thoroughly dry. Then I sanded so the black showed through.
The white tray was coated with three coats of Polycrlic.
I added the handles to both trays. I measured and marked where the handles should go and drilled a pilot hole. After that I screwed the handles on the tray.
On the tray with the rope on the pulls I dabbed a little bit copper spray paint on the screws. Just spray a little into a small container and dab with a q-tip.
They both look so different from one another yet they really are the same. I continued the tray making frenzy and made two round ones so stay tuned for that.
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Chair Pieces or wood that is narrow to put along the short side of tray
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