DIY Rustic Wood Tray

It’s been FOREVER since I have done a tutorial! I can’t tell you how many times I have said to myself  “I should do a blog post about that.” Too many times to count. There’s so much that has happened in the last 6 months. We had a baby. We went to Disney World, along with a handful of other smaller getaways. Holidays came. We almost died of the plague. And I opened up my booth at the Country STOOOOOORE (insert Oprah voice)!

OH! I also quit my job at the hospital…..if I could insert like 50 broken heart emjoi’s, I would. It was a tough decision but ultimately, I just didn’t have enough availability to work what I felt was adequate enough to keep up with my skills. I already miss those sweet little babes. Okay. Enough, or I’m going to start crying. 

So I have REALLY missed blogging.  Between mothering and making, it’s hard to find extra time to blog. I’m so tired in the evenings and really shoot to be in bed by 8:00. Just kidding….8:15.

But now that I’m in somewhat of a routine at home with these little monkeys, I hope to start publishing more posts!  Anyway…..let’s talk serving trays!

Before my booth opened, I was searching Pinterest for some ideas of what kind of home decor items I could make. I came across so many different versions of serving trays and this one was my favorite. These trays have been pretty popular in my booth. I think it’s the rustic pipe handles! Well, I know it is because I have the exact same tray with different handles still sitting in my booth, patiently waiting to be bought. I get it though. The pipe handles are really cool! So in this post, I’m going to show you the incredibly easy steps involved in making one of these bad boys. It’s so easy. The only power tool you need is a drill. Alright so let’s get started….


(4) 1×4’s cut at 2ft per board

(2) 1×4’s cut at approximately 14in each (more details on that later)

wood screws



 (2) Decorative Pulls

I bought a bunch of 1×4’s at Home Depot and took them home to cut them using my chop saw, but if you have your measurements with you, Home Depot will make the cuts for you-FREE of charge. Whether you cut them at home or you have someone else cut them for you, do this first: Cut all of your 2ft boards first and then line them up together horizontally. Now measure the length of those boards when they are all lined up. Wood varies and it’s never the exact measurement that is advertised in the stores. For example, a 1×4 is more like a 0.75×3.5. Get it? So, I’ve found that every tray is just a slightly different length and I can’t just cut a 14in board for every tray without measuring or I’m going to be off and the board won’t be flush and pretty with the 2ft boards underneath. I hope that makes sense. I struggled trying to explain this through text. If you have questions, post it in the comments!

***ALSO*** When you’re shopping for wood don’t just grab the first plank you see and throw it on your cart. Look at it closely. Whiteboard or Common Board is very soft and it can be warped and bowed, making it useless for this project and other projects. Stand your board up in front of you and turn it to the side. Look at it up and down from a distance to see if you can spot any bending. Try to find one that doesn’t have any bowing.

This step is optional. If you like a rough texture, skip this part. I prefer smoother surfaces so I sanded down each board with a 220 grit sandpaper and my palm sander—>I LOVE  this thing!!


Stain it. I used to use disposable foam brushes to stain but lately I’ve been using these lint-free rags, and I love them! The stain I used for this project was Special Walnut.

Let the stain completely dry. 

This step is optional. I applied an oil-based polyurethane over my wood to protect it from any spills (wine!). If your tray is going to be purely decorative, you could probably skip this.

Lay your 2 ft boards face down on your shorter boards. Line it all up so everything is flush and you don’t have one board sticking way out or anything like that. Once everything looks good, use a drill and your wood screws to join the pieces together. 

Flip the board over, attach your hardware and you’re finished!

This tray was painted in Annie Sloan’s Old White Chalk Paint and then waxed with clear and dark wax to give it that aged look.

If you liked this tutorial, check out this other DIY project!

Chalkboard Serving Tray



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