Well gooooooooood morning and happy Monday to you! Can you guys believe we are only 10 days out from Thanksgiving. TEN DAYS. How the heck did that happen? I can’t believe we are already so far into November, this month is just flying by at lighting speed. I really need to get all my Christmas decor out and get going with that (I already had my tree up this time last year!) but I’m just not quite ready yet. I’m going to enjoy my pumpkins just a teensy bit longer then it will be all about the Christmas decor around here. Anyway, I’m actually really excited about today’s post because it feels like forrrrrever since I’ve shared a really simple DIY project here on the blog. I think my last one was this insanely easy DIY wreath I made back in September. Too long, right? I think so. Well this past weekend I was getting the itch to make something so I grabbed a few things and whipped up the easiest DIY farmhouse tray ever. Really, this thing is so darn simple and it really makes the perfect afternoon project. Quick and easy, just the way I like it. Ok, let me show you how I did it.
So for this easy tray I bought an unfinished framed slatted wood panel from Hobby Lobby. It’s actually meant to be hung on the wall, but I loved the scalloped detail in the corners and I thought it would make the perfect tray. I also grabbed a pair of vintage inspired handles to go along with it. And sidenote: pretty much everything at Hobby Lobby is marked down to 50% every other week, so make sure you go when the things you want are on sale!
I started by removing the hanger thingy from the back of the panel. We definitely won’t be needing that and I need the tray to sit flat and level, so this little guy had to go.
I knew I wanted the tray to be painted white and distressed on the edges, so the next step was using this oil rubbed bronze spray paint. I quickly did one light coat over the panel.
OK, it obviously looks like a hot mess at this point. But the idea here is to do a dark base underneath the white paint. Then when it comes time to distress it with sandpaper we will see that dark color peek through, which gives it more of a vintage feel. Once that dries, it’s on to paint!
I used white chalk paint for this step, but you can use whatever paint your little heart desires.
Next I distressed the wood slightly with a piece of sandpaper to give it more of a vintage look. Lastly it was time to drill the holes for the handles. For pieces like this, it’s best to first use a drill bit to make tiny holes where your screws will go. Just make sure it’s smaller than the diameter of the screw you’ll be using. This prevents the wood from splitting when you’re screwing the handles in place. All done!
That’s it guys! Easy peasy central for this simple DIY farmhouse tray. I seriously love it and I’m sure you’ll be seeing it a million more times in future posts. I really do use trays like this all the time–they’re perfect for the coffee table, or a dining table centerpiece, or even on your bathroom vanity. I know this guy will get lots of use! Well I hope this little project inspires you to create something similar or maybe even just reminds you to do something creative today. Maybe it’s baking a pie, or doing Bible art, photography, or maybe even something as simple as rearranging the decor in your living room–whatever it is that you enjoy, go and do it!
Here’s a few other projects you might like: