i should be mopping the floor: DIY Kitchen Tray

Thursday, November 13, 2014

DIY Kitchen Tray


This easy-to-make DIY kitchen tray has been on my to-do list for a while.
Glad it's now on the Ta-Da list!

Easy-to-Make DIY Kitchen Tray | Simple project that's budget friendly and can be made in a couple of hours.
 Remember how we *pretty much* finished our kitchen redo last summer? Well, there were still a few loose ends that I just hadn't gotten around to tying, yet. One was a tray for my island to fit my fruit bowl, a candle, and an old scale. I've been dreaming about it forever...I bought the supplies months ago. I would see them in shops and think "just finish it already". And a few days ago...I DID!

It is MY Big Finish.

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Easy-to-Make DIY Kitchen Tray | Simple project that's budget friendly and can be made in a couple of hours.

Easy-to-Make DIY Kitchen Tray | Simple project that's budget friendly and can be made in a couple of hours.
 A friend of mine has a similar one on her island that she bought at a craft show. I loved the rustic, shabby design. And it was a really simple project {making me wonder why I took so long?}. I did it 100% by myself in a little over two hours. 


Easy-to-Make DIY Kitchen Tray | Simple project that's budget friendly and can be made in a couple of hours.
I love seeing my old scale on display. And the bowl was my great grandmother's.

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Easy-to-Make DIY Kitchen Tray | Simple project that's budget friendly and can be made in a couple of hours.
You'll need five cut pieces of wood for this...the length will depend on how long you'd like your tray. Mine was a bit longer at 34", but I also plan to use it as a centerpiece on my Thanksgiving table this year...filled with candles! Plus, my island is fairly long...I wanted this baby to take up some real estate on it {I put felt pieces on the bottom of it to easily slide it to the side when I need the island for prep space}. 

I used two 1"x4"x6' boards for my tray, cut into the five pieces. Each board was less than $3 each. I splurged and bought $6 handles, but my total was still under $20 for the entire project.

The two end boards {that hold all of it together} were cut at a foot each...so the three long boards would fit flush along it. 


Easy-to-Make DIY Kitchen Tray | Simple project that's budget friendly and can be made in a couple of hours.
 After cutting my boards, I gave them a good sanding. 
I know I've mentioned this before, but I've had this BLACK+DECKER sander for almost 15 years. I use the ding-dang out of it and it still runs great. It's by far one of my most used {and loved} tools.


Easy-to-Make DIY Kitchen Tray | Simple project that's budget friendly and can be made in a couple of hours.
The only *slightly* tricky part of this project is the handles. You'll attach them to your end pieces before attaching all of the boards to your end pieces. I sunk my screws in by pre-drilling a hole for the actual screw. Then, I used a larger drill bit {making sure it was larger than the screw head} and drilled just the top portion of the wood out, so the screw head would sink down and not cause the wood pieces to sit unevenly.

Easy-to-Make DIY Kitchen Tray | Simple project that's budget friendly and can be made in a couple of hours.
 I clamped my boards together, pre-drilled holes {as not to split any of the wood}, and attached the longer boards, side-by-side, to the end boards with two screws on each end. 

After everything was attached, I painted it and gave it a chippy finish with some milk paint that I had on hand.


Easy-to-Make DIY Kitchen Tray | Simple project that's budget friendly and can be made in a couple of hours.
 And as you can see in the above photo, I attached small felt squares to the bottom. It makes it easy to move around the island top without scratching the surface. 


Easy-to-Make DIY Kitchen Tray | Simple project that's budget friendly and can be made in a couple of hours.
I'm really loving this thing. It's perfect for setting hot pots on, as well. 

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Easy-to-Make DIY Kitchen Tray | Simple project that's budget friendly and can be made in a couple of hours.

Easy-to-Make DIY Kitchen Tray | Simple project that's budget friendly and can be made in a couple of hours.

And a BIG, HUGE thank you to BLACK+DECKER for
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8 comments:

  1. I love that, it's so cute and rustic!

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    1. Thank you, Maryann! It is so easy to make!

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  3. Love this, Kristi! I may have to make one for myself. Your kitchen is gorgeous, by the way.

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  4. Oooh, I need one! It's so cute! Great job!

    Rebekah @ Charming Imperfections

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    1. Thank you, Rebekah! It is really easy to make!

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