So I walk into Home Depot at least once a week to check out their clearance wood or scrap wood that they just toss out. This time I got lucky and found some great pieces of wood. I knew exactly what I wanted to make!
I love farmhouse decor, that’s no secret. So wood always comes in handy.
While working on my computer, usually my computer heats up on my legs, so I made this beautiful tray mainly to hold my computer (although it doubles as a food tray sometimes).
I wanted to give the tray a fancy touch. So I added a little marble to it! For the handles I used rope, but you could just as well use regular handles instead if you want.
Alright so here’s your guide to make this beautiful tray:
Wood ( 1x4x8)
Marble Shelf Liner (Lowes)
Handle of choice:
Choice of Rope (3ft)
Cut the 8ft piece of wood into three 2ft pieces and save the excess for later. ( I used scrap wood and cut between the damaged edges)
Cut your 2 ft pieces of wood.
Giving you three even 2ft pieces of wood.
Sand the boards smooth. (You can also take the sander and round the corners)
From your leftover wood, cut two 9in long pieces and sand. (These are where your handles go) (Mine are a little skinnier and uneven because my scrap wood was split)
Following the directions on the stain container. Stain your wood and allow the complete time to dry. (I ended up changing my stain to dark walnut)
Once the stain is dry, apply polyurethane following the directions on the container. (I applied 3 coats)
Lay the 9in pieces of wood across the three 2 ft pieces. (optional: leaving room to see the wood on the edge) Measure from the edge of the try to the center of the of the 9in piece of wood.
Taking the middle 2ft piece of wood, mark where you measured the middle in the step above. (This is where the marble accent will start/end) ( You’ll want to have the edge of the marble paper under the wood so it won’t peel up)
Measure the Marble Accent paper to wrap around the center piece of wood. (Making sure to overlap ) And cut. (The marble width was the perfect length)
Peel the marble paper and tightly wrap the marble accent around the center piece of wood. (I added a dab of liquid nails where the paper overlapped to secure it into place)
(Optional) Step Eleven:
(To really secure the tray) Dab Liquid Nails onto the 9in pieces of wood and lay in place.
Lock in place with clamps. Allowing the Liquid Nails to dry (About an hour)
(The hands of my handsome fiance!)
Shoot the brad gun into the 9in piece of wood, making sure to go through into each 2 ft piece of wood.
Flip the tray over, cutting any excess brads off and hammering them down so it won’t snag onto anything.
Drill two holes through each 9in piece of wood, making sure to go all the way through the 2ft pieces of wood, with a drill bit that is slightly wider than the rope that will be used as the handles. (Drill holes in the desired location of the width of the handles)
Cut the rope your desired length with some excess to tie knots underneath. (I cut mine about 15 inches each and later cut off any excess). Wrap ends with duck tape. (This helps when pushing the rope through the hole, keeping the rope from fraying)
If you have a hard time pushing the rope through the hole, take a long pointed nail or drill piece and hammer in with the rope to help push it through.
Once rope comes through the other end, tie a knot and cut any excess rope off. Burn the knots to lock them into place.
Now you have a beautiful wood tray!
The damage to the wood, like the nails that go through or the hammering marks, give it a more rustic look, which is what I love. You could even add more damage to the wood if you’d like.
Heres another DIY Farmhouse Wood Decor you may be intrested in:
Comment with a picture of your tray!