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

And I’m Back…

I never needed a break more in my life than this past week. The recent events just wore me out and the best cure was spending 5 days with Ellie and Ben, just us three, staring at this…

view of table rock lakeI have to admit we mostly sat by the pool at our Table Rock Lake condo. Can you blame us? Most days it was near 100 degrees. Absolutely disgusting outside.

branson swimming poolWe did venture out for a couple things… the waterpark being our favorite. So glad Ellie got over some of her fears and rode the big water slides. Yeah, even I couldn’t pass them some of them up.

waterpark bransonSo I refused to bring my good camera on this vacation. The idea was to focus more on time spent together than snapping professional-type photos, but then of course I only ended up taking about 10 photos in total with my iPhone. Eh, oh well.

ripleys in bransonAt least I got photos of Ellie and some of her favorite attractions: Ripley’s Believe It or Not and the Maze of Mirrors. So here’s a tip: we’ve learned in the past that the best way to experience a mirror maze is playing hide and seek inside. Seriously it’s hilarious, trust me. Just make sure the place is close to empty so you don’t annoy other guests. But this was absolutely the hardest I laughed while on vacation.

maze of mirrorsAnd Ellie was very against going to the Titanic museum in Branson. She thought it would be super boring for a 7 year old girl, but of course by the end she was enamored by the artifacts and stories. She even bought a huge book with her own money and the 4 hour drive home was filled with Ellie spitting out Titanic facts from the backseat. Love that kid.

titanic bransonI think my favorite part of this vacation was playing board games on the back porch every evening while watching the sunset over the lake. Really can’t beat that view. Or the memories we made.

table rock lake balconyWhile the vacation was just what I needed, it’s time now to get back to the real world.

I meet with my doctor later this morning to talk about this past IVF cycle and to talk about our future plans… even though I’m still deciding on that one.

But we’ll get back into the swing of things around here. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing a little DIY home decor project I created before we left. Then the guest bedroom makeover reveal next week!

Oh, and we got a closing date on our home. Yep, we’re just about ONE MONTH away! So in the next few weeks I’ll be sharing some more updates of our home building process.

And once again I just want to say THANK YOU for all of the kind comments and emails after last week’s post. I’ve read every single message and they have gotten me through one of the hardest times in my life. Right after the miscarriage I regretted sharing this IVF journey so publicly (it sucks sharing bad news, especially to those hopeful readers going through IVF themselves), but you guys were so uplifting and really a great support system. I do truly appreciate it. So thanks ;)