DIY Upcycled Wood Tray

by | Oct 27, 2018 | Crafts | 0 comments

I love decorating our house with trays but it is hard to find a tray that fits our farmhouse style. Farmhouse rustic style is definitely trending lately, so I figured I would make my own tray. I went to my local thrift store and found an old, standard wood tray to use, no need to go buy a new tray.


Wood tray


Sand paper, grit 60 and grit 120

White paint

Chalk paint additive

Paint brush

Old rag

Dark walnut stain

Spray clear sealant

Putty/butter knife

Step 1. Take off any embellishments and decorative paper using a putty knife or a butter knife

Wood tray

Peel off paper from the wood tray

peeling off the paper

use a knife to peel off the paper

Ready to sand the tray down


Step 2. Sand off the paint down to the natural wood using the sander and grit 60 sandpaper

Sand down the tray

Sanding the tray


Step 3. After all the paint has been taken off, go over the whole tray with your sander and grit 120 sand paper to smooth down the tray

fully sanded tray

Step 4. Use a damp rag to wipe down any dust and sawdust

Wipe down the tray with a damp rag

Step 5. Open up the dark walnut stain. Make sure you mix it well since the color will settle at the bottom. Using your old rag, dip it lightly into the dark walnut stain and rub it onto the outside of the tray, following the grain of the wood. Allow to dry

the tray is ready to stain

Stained tray


Step 6. I love cream white with my dark walnut stain. However, I did not have any on hand, so I made my own by adding a few drops of dark walnut stain to my white paint. I also added some chalk paint additive, so I didn’t have to prime my tray.

Paint the inside of the tray with the cream chalk paint. Allow to dry

paint mixing supplies

mix white paint and chalk additive

Paint the tray


Step 7. Spray with clear sealant, allow to dry. Now it is ready to use for decoration around your house

Finished tray