Here I am ready to share another this fun DIY wood serving tray project. This one is super easy and cheap! What a way to add a farmhouse touch! I was able to put this together in about 20 minutes out of wood scraps! The finish took a little longer because ya know, paint needs to dry between coats. Otherwise I would have finished this in record time! This is a perfect little gift for anyone! Isn’t it cute?
Let me show how I made it!
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DIY Wood Serving Tray
- 1×4 whitewood board
- Wood Glue*
- Brad Nailer* (or hammer and finish nails) I used 1 1/4″ nails
- Sander* or Sand Paper, whatever grit you have on hand
- Cabinet/Drawer Handles (these are so cute!!)
- Drill and wood screws to attach the handles
- Hand or Electric Saw (or have your wood cut at your local home improvement store)
First cut your 1x4s at 18″. You will need 4 pieces
Then glue the boards together with a line of glue at the seams. Piece of cake, right?
For the end pieces, measure the width of your tray and cut 2 pieces to size.
Mine measured 13 3/4″.
Attach the end pieces using glue, then reinforce with nails. If you don’t have a nail gun, hammer and finish nails will do!
I made sure I nailed from the top to each board underneath.
That’s all there is to the build part!! Easy!
For the finish, I first gave it a quick sanding. And I mean quick. I don’t like sanding 🙁
Then I gave it a coat of stain. I would have preferred a walnut color, but driftwood is all I had on hand, leftover from the IKEA look alike bench I built. I was determined not to spend much on this project so I went with it.
Here it is after a coat of stain
After the stain was dry I gave a coat of white latex paint I had on hand, leftover from my barstool build. I love using up stuff I already have!
Here it is after the first coat. I ended up giving it two coats.
After the second coat was dry I gave it a little sanding. This time I sanded by hand so I could have a little more control. I sanded the edges and all over until the stain underneath peaked through and it had a dirty enough look.
Yep, that’s dirty enough 🙂
I finished it off with two coats of polyurethane.
Then I attached these cute handles I bought at Hobby Lobby. On sale for $5 a pair. Holla!
And that’s it! You’re done. I ended up giving this wood serving tray away as a gift. I think I want to make another one for myself 🙂
If you like this easy wood serving tray, be sure you check the awesome chalkboard serving tray Beverly made a while back!
Be sure and share this with anyone you think might like it! Pin it, tweet it, and when you have time, build it!