I think it’s pretty safe to say, I am a true blue repurpose-aholic. I just took a quick look around my home, attempting to spot something brand new. The only thing I could pinpoint were the kitchen cupboards, fireplace, kitchen island, and stairway rails.
But even with those, they were designed to have a repurposed, well loved, old world feel. So, I’m a believer that it can be done with new materials!
But for things I’m capable of doing myself, I do prefer authentically repurposed where applicable. In fact, some of my DIY projects are so repurposed, they come with their own salvaged junk family tree!
Meet, a third generation reclaimed wood coffee tray. 🙂
I was needing a new top for this old trunk coffee table / ottoman.
But this tray has quite a past! (don’t we all?)
It first became a rustic gate for my fireplace mantel way back.
When I no longer desired to have the gate around, it was taken apart, and made into this pipe bed tray.
But as time went on, I stopped using the tray in the bedroom, and those pipes and wood were calling my name for other projects.
And this is why I wrote the post, “why I build with screws”.
Not only is the tray perfect for a top for a trunk that has seen better days, I can still carry it into the bedroom if desired too! With a much lighter weight version this round.
But what mades this tray super extra special unique, are all those random painted markings, thanks to a previous life, wouldn’t you agree?
Here’s how I made the reclaimed wood coffee tray:
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1. Cut 3 slats of wood to desired length.
2. Cut 2 slats of wood for end supports, to the full depth of the tray.
3. Attach with screws from the top.
4. Add funky handles.
5. Stencil if desired.
That. Is. It! Never again do you ever have to buy a fancy tray. Just make your own in minutes. And the bonus is, you can custom make any size you like. With any design you wish. Great, useful gift idea too.
Stencilling on a design makes something plain tell more of a story. And hopefully makes it look like you’ve used random wood planks from an old sign.
In this case, I used the National Brewers Coffee stencil from my own collection.
When I stencil on top of several joined planks, I align the stencil to work around that, avoiding stencilling across the joins if possible.
This round, I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black. This stuff goes on with a beautiful matte finish, which is reminiscent to old signs of course, and dries nearly instantly.
You can find a retailer that carries the paint HERE.
(disclosure: I’m part of a blogging program that LOVES to creates with this paint. No hardship here!)
For extra junk factor, I like to layer washers underneath the handles. The more random, the better.
This old kettle filled with dried lavender is really the perfect companion to a coffee tray, don’t you think? Any old kettle would also be completely adorable.
And this is why I give permission to go forth and collect whatever you love. You’ll ‘eventually’ use it for something, right??
Window gate screen tutorial HERE
So for today, let’s have coffee!
But my inquisitive mind can’t help but to wonder… “What free, useful thing will you become next?”
Because some things will never change…
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Do you take your creations apart too in order to rebuild something?