Farmhouse Serving Tray DIY

Rather than throwing away a broken TV tray,  I repurposed it into a farmhouse serving tray.  This simple project came together in a few steps using wood stain and craft letters.

As you can see the TV tray was falling apart.    

I unscrewed the tray from the legs and sanded the top and bottom of the tray to strip off the white spray paint.   I used my orbit sander for this.

This tray needed some handles!  
I spray painted two brass handles that were from our old kitchen cabinets.  
I used flat black spray paint.

I made a quick trip to Home Depot to pick up a can of wood stain.  I fell in love with all of the color choices, I wanted to buy them all.  I decided on Dark Walnut!

I applied one coat with a foam paint brush

Now comes the fun part...stenciling!  I thought the word GATHER would look nice on the tray and give it a farmhouse feel.  I found these letters online at Amazon

I used the same method of stenciling as I did for this project Stenciled Number Trays 

I folded clear tape to make it double sided.  Then I placed the tape on the back of each letter and pressed them down on the tray.  Next I painted over the letters with the wood stain.  I waited a few minutes until the stain was partially dry, then I peeled the letters off.  The letters didn't turn out perfect, but that's ok!  The jaggeder letters gives the tray an aged look.  Plus a little sanding and another coat of stain covered most of the imperfections. 

For the final steps, I sanded the black painted handles so some of the gold peeks through. 
 Next I screwed the handles in place and applied a wax sealer to the tray. 

If you enjoyed this project, you might like my other projects about stenciling: 

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Simple Black & White Heart Banner

Black and White for Valentine's Day?  It doesn't always have to be red and pink!  By keeping it neutral you can enjoy this sweet banner all year long.  

This would look pretty hanging in a bedroom, closet, craft room, playroom or kitchen.  I have it hanging in my workroom. 

Here is how I recycled vintage sheet music to make this simple black and white banner.

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The inspiration for this project came from vintage sheet music that was my father's.  He played the cornet as a child.  What an amazing color red I can't believe how vibrant it is after all these years.

First I traced around a heart on top of the music. You can make your own hearts or purchase a pack at the craft store.



Small wooden letters


This took a bit longer to complete.... as you see my manager was around and he just didn't like any of my ideas.   Yes he managed to knock everything I had for this project onto the floor.

I braided black and white embroidery yarn.  Yes call me crazy!  I had no idea it would take me over an hour to braid!  Seriously you can skip this part and just use one strand of yarn.  

Use a hole puncher to make the holes, then thread the yarn through the holes.

I embellished the hearts with buttons, pretty cloth roses that I recycled from my daughter's baby clothes and earrings.    

That's it!
 I hung this precious banner in my workroom along with the other vintage sheet music and a silhouette of my daughter when she was five.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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