DIY Stained Wood Tray

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.

DIY industrial tray tutorialSUPPLIES:

  • (4) 2ft 1×4 boards
  • (2) 14″ 1×4 boards
  • (2) handles
  • 1 1/2 inch wood screws
  • Stain
  • Paint brush or rag
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Tape measurer

wood tray tutorial DIYI 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.

DIY wood tray instructionsNext measure across the 4 boards for your cross section pieces. Mine was just at 14 inches but wood may vary slightly so make sure you measure before cutting your 2 cross section pieces!

DIY tray woodThen 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.

drill holes for DIY trayYou’ll only need 1 screw in each board for each cross section piece.

DIY tray stained tutorialNext flip it over and start sanding away. You’ll want nice smooth edges and rounded corners so you don’t slice open your hand while handling the tray ;)

DIY stained wood tray tutorialI used Rustoleum’s Ultimate Wood Stain in Dark Walnut for the finish. Love this stuff. Dries super fast and you only need 1 coat. I used a brush to apply but you can also use a rag or foam brush.

wood stain for DIY trayThen 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).

DIY wood stained trayOnce dried you’re ready to apply the hardware.

stained wood tray DIYAnd your DIY stained wood tray is complete!
Really pretty easy, right?

DIY industrial tray tutorialBy 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.

DIY wood tray tutorial

DIY stained wood tray

DIY stain wood trayI wish I would have used black screws for the handles. Complete oversight. Ah, oh well… I’m still in love with this tray. And isn’t that stain just dreamy? Nice change of scenery from painted pieces.

stained wood tray tutorial

DIY industrial tray tutorial

And you got to see a lot of peeks in to the guest bedroom makeover.
Big reveal for this room coming next week!

DIY stained wood tray  tutorial

DIY Floral + Ruffle Lamp Shade

One of my favorite crafts to create in a bedroom makeover is a lamp makeover. It’s so easy to find a cheap, bland lamp base and shade and add some embellishments to make them match your décor.

easy DIY flower lamp shade makeoverFor Ellie’s bedroom makeover I started with a plain white lamp & shade. For the rest of the supplies I gathered some hot pink ruffle ribbon and some canvas flowers from Michael’s.

easy lamp makeoverI started by hot gluing the ribbon ruffle trim around the top and bottom part of the lamp shade.

flower lamp makeoverNext I added the canvas flowers. I decided to only use the light and dark blue flowers to match the rest of the room décor. Just three flowers at the top of the shade, and another three towards the bottom.

floral lamp makeoverSuper simple, but love that this now matches the rest of the colorful room!

DIY flower lamp shade makeover

flower DIY lamp shade makeover

DIY lamp shade makeoverAnd if you want to see another lamp shade makeover that was for Ellie, check out my Anthropologie-inspired flowered lamp shade. Still one of my favorite craft projects!

Or my family room lamp shade makeover!

lamp shade makeover

So do you like to match a lot of décor for your kids rooms?
Aren’t lamp shades one of the easiest projects out there?
I foresee more of these in my future ;)

easy DIY flower lamp shade makeover