I had an idea to dress up the dining room table with a simple farmhouse style tray. I sorta had an idea in my head, I knew I wanted it to be white and distressed and simple! So, last weekend at my local reuse center ( it’s my go to spot for materials and thrift store stuff) they were having an Earth Day sale and everything was 50% off! Too bad for me, I was in a bit of a rush, so I couldn’t browse for as long as I wanted, but I was able to find a really cool piece of rough cut board. Best of all it was already painted white so that made this a super sweet find,not to mention it only cost me 50 cents!
Material and Supplies
This project only required one 6 foot long 1×2 and an additional 16 inches of the same size board to brace the tray together. A miter saw and a brad nailer. I also glued a little felt on the bottom of the tray so the wood wouldn’t scratch the table. I got lucky and didn’t need to paint it…you can finish yours anyway you like.
I gave the board a good sanding with my electric hand sander before I made any cuts. Then I cut the 6 ft board into four 18 inch sections. I used my trusty little miter saw for this!
I also cut two 8 inch pieces of the same size board which are to be used to brace the tray.
I lined the 18 inch boards up together, just the way I wanted, placed my cross brace one inch from the ends and used my nail gun to secure the brace to the tray. Super freakin’ simple, right!
I know it sounds simple and maybe I shouldn’t be so excited but I was completely thrilled at the way it turned out! Plus it’s so versatile! I can use it as a base for a center piece, a tray for serving snacks or a wall hanging!!! Right now I have it on my dining room table but I am sure I will be changing things up before too long and it may be hanging on my wall next month.
Cute, right?! Simple and easy and cheap! Just the way I like it! Plus it gives so much farmhouse charm however you decide to use it! Have a happy week!