The Blogger DIY Challenge task was to make a footed tray and decorate it for the holidays. Using scrap wood, I created a DIY wood footed tray.
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A couple of years ago my husband and I renovated our first rental house. We gutted the tiny little kitchen during the renovations. Since the house is so small, a kitchen table will not fit in the home. Instead, I designed a custom island on castors for the small kitchen that my husband built.
The top of the custom island is made of wood planks with a beveled edge. This was the first time my husband had created a beveled edge and so he practiced on several pieces of wood. Of course I didn’t throw out these boards once he was done. They went in to a scrap pile until I could figure out what to make with them.
When the DIY Bloggers Challenge was created, I finally knew I had found the purpose for these blocks of wood.
Finding small wooden pieces in the right size for the feet of the tray was a bit of a challenge.
Finding something to use to make the feet of the tray turned out to be a bit more challenging than I expected. I didn’t want something too large or clunky but also didn’t want them so small, like a cabinet knob, that would just disappear underneath the board.
My first choice was to go to Home Depot and buy premade cut wood feet. They ended up being too big and chunky for the tray I wanted to create.
A trip to Lowe’s proved to have the same problem, the precut wood feet are made for larger furniture projects.
A few days later, I went to Michaels™ craft store for Cricut™ Vinyl for a design project I was working on for the children’s department for my church. On a whim I decided to walk through the wood craft section to see if they had any options for my footed tray.
And I found this wood turning log.
Not sure exactly what it is for – and there was only one of them available – but it was perfect to cut apart to make the four feet I needed for my footed tray.
Which is exactly what I did. I borrowed my husband’s hand saw and cut the turned log apart in four equal sections for the feet for my footed tray.
Using 220 grit sandpaper, I gave both sides of the wood board and the edges of the newly cut feet a light sanding.
In my craft room stash, I have several cans of stain to chose from so I decided to use the MinWax PolyShades in Honey Satin. This is the line of stain that has the Polyurethane top coat already in the stain. But first I treated the feet and the scrap board to a coat of MinWax Wood Pre-Stain Conditioner.
I gave the board and the feet two coats of stain, lighting sanding them down between the first and second coat.
To make sure the wood feet were in the same location on the bottom of the board, I measured half an inch in from both edges of each corner to find the exact placement for each foot.
A dap of wood glue on the bottom of each foot attached the feet to the bottom of the board. I allowed this to dry overnight.
I wanted to give the design of the wood footed tray a modern touch, so I painted a gray stripe lengthwise down the center of the board. This also helped to cover some imperfections in the scrap wood board.
Using the same ruler, I measured for the center of the board and spaced out a four inch stripe down the length of the board.
Once again I went to my craft paint stash for ideas and selected a small sample size of gray paint from another project.
The color is Behr Natural Gray.
The last step for my version of a DIY footed tray was to add cork to the bottom of the legs for stability.
Since it is just a few weeks until Thanksgiving and my Fall decor is on display, I decided to decorate my DIY footed tray with pumpkins and some fresh flowers.
My Christmas decorations have already been pulled out and I have plans for how I am going to use this footed tray as a riser on my mantel. So expect to see this footed tray again.
When it is not the holiday season, I usually just dress up my footed tray with simple items like a small plant and some fun salt and pepper shakers.
There are so many talented bloggers who Are participatING in the Blogger DIY Challenge and I would love if you would visit their projects too.
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