Hey there, crafty Friends! Do you know what the top two sellers in my booth are? The first is chalkboards, hands down. A close second is trays. Buyers love things that serve a purpose. (No pun intended there 😉 )
Today I’m sharing my favorite and best-selling DIY tray. I first made this tray about three years ago for a Get Your DIY On challenge and have continued to make them for my booth ever since. That original post is buried so deep in my archives, that I thought I’d share another similar tray and the how-to for it.
Here is the kind of frame I start with for these trays:
These are plentiful at thrift stores, and are well made and nice and chunky. This one was on clearance for 75¢. Does it get any better than clearance at the thrift store??
The inside is from my old fence picket pile:
Isn’t that frame the perfect start to a tray? No matter when I add one to the booth, it is always gone the next time I stop in. And these are SO simple to put together.
The fence pickets I like to use for these are the super inexpensive and very thin ones. I have found all of mine discarded curbside.
I used my miter saw to cut the picket to the lengths I needed:
I had to cut one down the center to fit, so I used my table saw:
(Use caution and always use eye protection!) You can also use a jig saw.
Then I lightly sanded them to take away any rough areas:
I painted the frame in two coats of Pure White DIY Chalk Paint, then lightly sanded and sealed with Annie Sloan’s Clear soft wax…
I white-washed the pickets by painting them with Pure White flat latex, and then immediately removing the paint with a soft cloth. See pics of that process here. Once dry I sprayed them with a clear spray sealer in a matte finish. I have also waxed them instead in the past, but the spray is so easy.
Then I attached them to the frame with small nails, hammered into the frame at a slight angle:
I added a felt disc on each corner to protect the furniture.
The final finishing touch are the handles. I love these from Hobby Lobby that come just like this:
These are only $2.50 when they have their knobs and pulls half off. (Every other week.)
Look for a handle that screws in place from the outside. I also like to use zinc plated or galvanized screen door pulls that can be found at Home Depot.
Be sure to predrill your holes so the wood doesn’t split.
These trays have such a coastal cottage feel, and you know that makes me happy. 😀
I made that graphic that says $1 because it was originally 99¢, but I forgot it was discounted even more when I looked at the photo again.
I already had the felt discs for the bottom, and the handles cost me $5 for the pair, so this tray cost me less than $6. Not too shabby.
Don’t pass up that old pile of fencing on the curb next time, there are so many cool things you can do with old pickets!
Like this project:
And if old fencing doesn’t make your heart go pitter patter, that’s okay! I share one with the same feel using bead board instead here:
That was a thrift store frame as well.
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing how I updated this dresser:
So glad you stopped by!
UPDATE: You have got to see how this dresser turned out…check it out HERE now!
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