Friday, October 28, 2016

DIY Rustic Farmhouse Tray

It's time for another DIY Blogger Project Challenge!
After a few months off, we are back! Each month we create a different project based on a named material theme. This month, it's reclaimed wood. 

Having a long island in my kitchen, I thought how sweet it would be to have a pedestal tray... or tray table. It's a very simple project. And with a decreasing pile of pine from an old bookshelf in my stash, I snagged a 10"x 24" board to reclaim and got started.

I added two wrought iron drawer pulls and four ready made 6" legs as the main supplies. 
Not much to it!

I stained the legs. 
(Tip: Dip small legs like this into the can of stain and wipe off excess. It's super fast and doesn't miss any crevices.)

After the stain dried, I attached the legs through the top of the board with 3" wood screws. (It's rustic; I wasn't concerned with screw heads and the pine board was already stained.)

The long screws will ensure that the legs won't wobble. 

Then, I measured and marked where to drill holes for the drawer pulls (as tray handles). 

I attached the handles by screwing them from under the board. 

After the tray was put together, I distressed the entire tray by sanding high areas. Then, rubbed coconut oil into the wood. 

It doesn't get any easier than that, does it?!? It was like building from a kit! 

It blends in well on the farmhouse style island. 

It can be used as decor, 

an elevated food server, 

or as a carry tray.

I may even take it into the living room and use it as a lap tray on the sofa! 

Plenty of room for a tablet and a... snack! Cute bed tray too. 

It's a very simple and quick project. 

And, using reclaimed wood for something so functional is quite satisfying! 

Let's check out the reclaimed wood projects from the rest of the group! The upcycling options are endless!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Homemade and Handcrafted No. 44

Every Wednesday  - Sunday 

Welcome to the Homemade and Handcrafted party!

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Favorite Vintage Gift Finds

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This week I discovered some "vintage favorites" at Antique Farm House. Perfect for gift giving! 

These coffee mugs blend into the kitchen decor while displaying nice graphics with subtle humor. I adore the rooster with "alarm clock" imprint. 


These metal trays will look great styled as a Christmas centerpiece on the table, keeping the clutter organized on your coffee table, or displaying your garden harvest. The decorative trays come in two sizes for some coordinated style options, and will look great displayed on a hutch when not in use. The wood handles make carrying and serving a breeze.


With Live, Love, Wander stenciled on the front of the bag, it features dark chocolate handles on distressed brown canvas. This unique handbag expresses your unique style and your wanderlust. 


This wall valet has a hanger for shirts and jackets, a bottom hook for pants, skirts or belts and an upper spot for a hat or scarf. This great wall hanger would be a great laundry room accessory for freshly laundered clothing. 

Use this set of 3 wire baskets with handles to keep your home organized or to carry your produce in from the garden or from the farmer's market. They come in a small, medium and large basket to accommodate all your needs. Use one by the door as a catchall tray for mail and keys, or even use a wire basket on the bathroom counter for hand towels or toiletries. They also make perfect egg baskets! 

Set this great string holder on your counter and always know the scissors are right where you need them. The cast iron legs and details are just beautiful, and using it might make some of your mundane tasks a little more pleasant. 

Crafted with authentic wood strip construction, you may want to take these to the field to sow the latest tobacco harvest or just display them when not filling them on a table.

Beautiful reproduction of an authentic vintage find, this mannequin adds that vintage touch to the interior. Use this simple dress form mannequin to showcase your necklaces and scarves in style. 26" tall.

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