I have a quick and easy project for you today.
It started with the need for a little tray to hold some stuff.
I have like 20 trays around the house, but surprisingly none of them were good enough for what I had in mind - more about that in a later post.
Of course, as a good DIY'er I went to
the garage, rummaging around all the pieces of wood I had in there, and found the perfect pieces to create my tray. ;)
A piece of ½" plywood and four pieces of mitered 1 x 2's to fit around the plywood base were all the wood needed for this tray.
The 1 x 2' were glued and nailed together to form the sides of the tray.
I traced the outline underneath the base as a helpful guide before doing the countersink pre-drills from the bottom of the tray and into the sides.
1" wood screws were driven all around and the tray was done, but I disassembled it to first paint the design.
The base was painted Ralph Lauren Vulcanite 4358. Then, using a ruler and a pencil I found the center of the tray to create a pinwheel design.
The painted areas were separated with painter's tape.
Uh oh! You can clearly see what happens when you use a cheap kind of tape without preparing the area: Lots of paint sipping underneath the tape. >:(
On the lower triangle, the tape was placed and the inside area was first painted the same dark color, letting it dry before applying the three coats of white. - Much better!
The final details, after assembling again the base and sides together, were to protect the finish with two coats of glossy poly and add a pair of golden handles.
The end result is a chic tray.
Gold, black & white couldn't go any better!
And to think that those were a bunch of ugly pieces of wood!
Some more fun DIY - Tray projects you might like: