Farmhouse Serving Tray DIY

in , , by Julie Nichols, January 20, 2017
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 Varathane colors, I wanted to buy them all.  I decided on this Dark Walnut!

I applied one coat with a foam paintbrush

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 on 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 give 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 sealed the tray with wax.

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