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DIY Farmhouse Serving Tray

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This easy-to-make DIY farmhouse serving tray has been on my to-do list for a while. Glad it's now on the Ta-Da list! See below for the complete step-by-step directions. It's a quick project that any level of DIY-er can tackle.

Farmhouse Serving Tray
Remember how we *pretty much* finished our DIY 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 farmhouse-style serving 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 other trays in shops and think "just finish that thing already". And a few days ago...I DID! It always feels great to rescue a project from DIY purgatory and actually put it to use. See how I made this simple tray below.

Farmhouse Serving Tray

DIY Farmhouse Tray

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. 

Also, this tray is just as functional as it is decorative. It works perfectly to carry a plate of food (breakfast in bed, anyone?) or serve a few nibbles and bites at a party (on a plate, not directly on the surface).

DIY Farmhouse Tray
I love seeing my old scale on display. And the bowl was my great grandmother's.

Farmhouse Serving Tray Directions

Farmhouse Tray Project


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.
  • 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 thing to take up some real estate on it 
  • The two end boards (that hold all of it together) were cut at a foot the three long boards would fit flush along it.
  • screws (not longer than the depth of your boards)
  • 2 cabinet handles 
  • sand paper 
  • sander (optional, but I can't live without mine...I use a much older version of this Black and Decker sander here on Amazon)
  • paint
  • clamps
  • felt squares (optional, but nice for protecting surfaces...I use these from Amazon)
  • You'll also need a drill and appropriate drill bits to coordinate with your screws.


Black and Decker Sander
  • After cutting my boards, I gave them a good sanding. 
Sinking Screws
  • 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. You can see how it looks in the image above.

DIY Tray

Felt Furniture Pads
  • And as you can see in the above photo, I attached the felt squares to the bottom. It makes it easy to move around the island top without scratching the surface. 
DIY Pallet Tray
I'm really loving this thing. It's perfect for setting hot pots on, as well. 

Tray from Art Canvas

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