Hello awesome Friends! On Tuesday I shared a peek at today’s project. Apparently there are a lot of these floating around out there because several of you mentioned you had one too!
I’m talking about this wooden inbox I scored at the thrift store for $2.25 several months ago:
Anything that is made of wood catches my eye when I’m thrifting since I know paint can work wonders, and as soon as I saw this on the shelf, I knew just what it could be.
Painting it and adding handles turned it into a cute tray!
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And to make it a little more interesting, I added strips of wood to the inside:
I’ve been working on the boys’ bathroom adding board and batten and I had a couple of strips of wood that I already painted left over…
They were perfect for lining the bottom of my new tray:
After painting the tray with DIY chalk paint (Recipe HERE) in Behr’s Bit of Sugar, I sanded and waxed all but the bottom of the inside.
Then I cut the strips to fit. I centered the first strip, and then dry-fit the rest to see how much I would need to cut off of the very end pieces. I cut all of the pieces using my sliding miter saw…
I used Liquid Nails to secure them to the bottom:
I found these handles at Hobby Lobby and painted them…
I went back and touched up the screws with a little white paint after taking these photos.
This is a small tray so it would be great on the kitchen counter to hold oils and other cooking items or in a bathroom to hold toiletries!
This will be off to the shop soon!
I’ll be back on Tuesday to share how I updated this 80’s gem:
UPDATE: No need to wait! See how this shelf turned out HERE now!
Have a fantastic weekend! 🙂
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