One of the things I love about being a DIYer is that people give me free stuff that I turn into projects. My next door neighbor sees me out in working in the garage all the time, so recently she gave me a serving tray that needed refurbishment.
For this project, I tried to use materials I had on hand, so I could spend as little money as possible. I decided to use tile to decorate the bottom of the tray and give the tray a fresh coat of paint. I did have to buy a few things including ¼x2 inch hobby board for trim and a small container of grout. The total cost for these items was $8.
Here is what I did to refurbish the serving tray.
- Step one: Make a new tray bottom out of wood. It is not pretty, but I used whatever I could find in my scrap pile.
- Step two: Attach tray bottom to tray. I used brad nails, but screws would also work.
- Step three: Cut out ¼ x 2 trim to fit the inside of the tray. I also had to cut some trim pieces and glue to the ends of the tray, so the trim could rest secure on them.
- Step four: Paint tray and trim.
- Step five: Attach tile to tray bottom.
- Step six: Grout tile.
- Step seven: Attach trim.
- Step eight: Use wood filer to fill any holes and then touch up with paint.
My wife was very excited about this project because she thinks I should use the tray to bring her afternoon coffee or breakfast in bed.