Do you ever see something in a store and think to yourself:
I could totally make that… for a lot less than it costs.
Well that was me a couple weeks ago. I saw this simple wooden tray and instead of shilling out the $50 for it, I decided to make it on my own. And I have to say, I’m in love with the outcome… and it was a super fast project. Yep, even better.
- (4) 2ft 1×4 boards
- (2) 14″ 1×4 boards
- (2) handles
- 1 1/2 inch wood screws
- Paint brush or rag
- Tape measurer
I was lucky that I had the scrap wood in my garage and the wood screws on hand. The only thing I had to buy were the handles. Check out Hobby Lobby for a wide range, but wait until they’re 50% off to really save big on this project.
Start by cutting your (4) 2ft boards. I chose 2ft for the tray but you can revise as needed.
Then you’re ready to start construction. Place the cross section pieces down first, then lay your 4 longer boards across the top. You’ll want to basically screw upside down so the screws are on the bottom of the finished tray. I recommend making pilot holes first with your drill.
Then I used a Terry Applicator to wipe away the excess stain. BTW, these terry pads are my new best friend for stain and glazes. You can find them on Amazon here (not an affiliate link).
By the way, I always said I would never make anything with the industrial pipe look (like the shelving that you saw everywhere this past winter) but I couldn’t help myself when I saw these handles at Hobby Lobby. I know… moment of weakness.
And you got to see a lot of peeks in to the guest bedroom makeover.
Big reveal for this room coming next week!