A very funky checkerboard tray

Funky checkerboard tray with vintage yardstick handles, via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

I think I’m starting to have a thing for trays! So why not a very funky checkerboard tray as well?

This idea came quite by accident. I created something I’m going to be revealing on Friday and wanted something cool for the top of it. Luckily, two checkerboards were staring back at me from my pile and I got a brainstorm.

Funky checkerboard tray with vintage yardstick handles, via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

An old reclaimed board was cut in half, then attached from behind with a wide chunk of plywood for support.

Funky checkerboard tray with vintage yardstick handles, via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Two wooden checkerboards were screwed onto the planks, then slightly distressed with a palm sander to remove the newness.

Funky checkerboard tray with vintage yardstick handles, via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

I love using drywall screws because I can’t seem to strip them like I do others. :)

Yardstick handles / Funky checkerboard tray with vintage yardstick handles, via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Ready for some major quirk? I used chunks of 2×4′s and vintage yardsticks for the handles. The 2×4 chunks were screwed in from underneath.

Funky checkerboard tray with vintage yardstick handles, via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Cute, huh? I thought so! I just love me some woodsy wood.

Funky checkerboard tray with vintage yardstick handles, via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Couldn’t be easier! So let’s put it to some good use, shall we?

Funky checkerboard tray with vintage yardstick handles, via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

Much better! Two of my newest most favourite books! More on these guys soon!

Funky checkerboard tray with vintage yardstick handles, via FunkyJunkInteriors.net

It’s perfect! The tray is totally functional, looks rather cool if I do say so myself, and also acts as a coaster for beverages.

Wait till you see what it’s sitting on. :) Check back on Friday to see!

Like funky trays?

Bingo board tray via Funky Junk Interiors

Here’s my bingo tray

Branch handled tray via Funky Junk Interiors

and my branch handled tray. Too fun!

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  1. I definitely have a soft spot for trays. I love to make them since they are one of things you can be really creative with – but not invest too much time or money. Yours is so cool. I’ll have to keep that in mind if I ever come across a lonely checkerboard :)

  2. Cute Donna! Like the checkerboard for sure. I don’t guess I do trays…although I’ve been looking for something about that size to cover my new Maytag washing machine I got almost a YEAR ago! Yes, the top on that thing is glass…makes me worry.
    I may have to get on the bandwagon and make a funky tray!
    Pat

  3. love it! checkerboards are so fun…heck! for that matter gameboards are fun, especially the vintage gameboards, or new ones distressed.
    you’ve inspired me to rummage and create a funky tray of my own. :)