Welcome to another edition of The Power Tool Challenge! Every month, a group of us power-tool loving bloggers get together and post a project based on the month’s theme. This month the theme is “Fall”. I chose to make a pretty, rustic wood tray.
What does this tray have to do with Fall, you say? Weeel, I could have stenciled a Fall item, say a pumpkin or the word “Harvest” on it.
And that was the plan. But you know how plans go! After I dry-brushed on the white paint, I kind of liked it just how it was ; )
And so I think that if you place fall-related items on such a tray, it becomes a Fall tray ; )
The 1″ x 3″ boards for my Fall tray started life as slats for an old Ikea bed. My son got a bigger bed and rescued those slats for me.
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I simply cut four equal lengths of the 1 x 3’s to around 20 inches. I used my RYOBI 12″ Compound Sliding Miter Saw to cut the wood. (By the way, I have one of these miter saws to give away – enter here!)
Next, I marked and cut two pieces to match the width of the four 1 x 3’s . . .
. . . and attached them to the back of the 1 x 3’s with wood glue and 1″ crown staples with my RYOBI Narrow Crown Stapler.
After waiting for the glue to dry . . .
. . . I flipped the tray over and found the handles that I had bought for my granddaughter’s armoire but didn’t use.
I love how they look as handles on this tray. Perfect!
I hope you liked my rustic “Fall” tray! Now head over to see what my friends have made for Fall!
Joining in these fun parties:
Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces says
Love this project! I’m all about function and this is a sweet project that can be used in so many ways. Thank you for the DIY, Jeanie!
Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says
That is such a clever use of those old slats! I bet you will get a ton of use out of it as it is the perfect base for a vignette for any season! XO
Wendi @ H2OBungalow says
This is awesome! I love this tray for fall, and hot chocolate with a cozy blanket and sitting by a fireplace:) I have to have one…thanks for adding on to my “need to build list!”
Cher @ Designs by Studio C says
I love this tray! I am so inspired to make one of my own… A great weekend project!
I love trays of all kinds, but rustic ones are definitely my favs.
beautiful Job Jeanie!
hi jeanie, this tray is beautiful! i love the finish details and the handles, and the styling! <3
Marie@The Interior Frugalista says
Jeanie your rustic wooden tray is awesome! I like that it can be changed up for the seasons and you decorated it for Fall beautifully. The white wash finish is spot on too!
DeDe @ Designed Decor says
It is perfect the way it is I have been wanting to make one of these and now you have inspired me to geter done! Thanks Jeanie!
Really like your tray, very cute and farmhouse looking.
You did a great job on it.
Your tray has so many uses and will be perfect for decorating in any season. I need to stop by our Habitat Restore to pick up two door handles so that I can make one.
Super cute tray, great idea repurposing the wood from the bed. I really love your finish!
Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique says
Every house needs a tray or two Jeanie and this one is a beauty!
Thank you for sharing it at Shabbilicious Friday this week. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tomorrow’s party.
I was planning on doing this with two old cupboard doors but wasn’t sure how to place the handles. Now I know that need to glue another strip of wood on each side. Thanks for the tip!
Wait, how did u put the handles on the wood?
MARTINA THURLOW says
I am wondering the same thing. Please explain the handles. Thanks!
I attached them with screws that were drilled in through the bottom of the tray.
Debi @ Surroundings by Debi says
I love this project you have created! Someday I will learn to use a hammer and saw! I would love to have you share with us at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. We go live every Wednesday at 8:00 pm CST.
I love the tray and have always wanted to make them for myself and gifts. Just wondering how heavy they are with the 1 x 3 wood !!!!