Yesterday was a BIG day. The big, old sofa left the building, which made so much more space for the new one!
I’ve been playing around with what else the room needs since getting in the new furniture, when it hit me… we didn’t have a TV tray. We’d always carefully balance a hot bowl of soup on our knees if wishing to take in a little TV during dinner.
So! That wouldn’t do with new furniture now, would it?
And can you now tell where I’ve been eating dinner lately?
I’ve had this TV tray in my junk stash for at least 2 years. I loved the fact that it was solid wood, and the shape of the top was oval, which was unique.
I actually nearly got rid of it because… I don’t even know. I think the yellow wood just threw me off.
And now I needed it. So this is why we must hoard.
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So a little plan of action was implemented… with Christmas upon us again, this would become a Christmas AND everyday TV tray!
How to make this Coffee and hot cocoa themed Christmas and everyday interchangeable TV tray
What you’ll need:
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reclaimed wood – I used *pallet wood
*use pallet wood with caution where food is concerned. Read pallet wood safety tips HERE.
heavy grit and fine grit sandpaper
wood stain of choice
paint of choice – I used Fusion Mineral Paint’s Coal Black and Fort York Red
stencils – I used Homestead Blend Coffee and Christmas Blend Hot Cocoa found HERE
1. Remove finish from the top.
I chose heavy grit and fine grit sandpaper and chose to try sanding it. It worked perfectly, getting the finish right off down to the bare wood with little effort.
2. Stain the top (not shown)
The top was stained with some stain I had on hand. I found it got too dark, so I tried sanding some of it off after it was a little dry. It helped!
It was an oil base which I kinda regret using. The poor TV tray still smells. Oh well. Time to stock some water based stain.
3. Paint the legs (not shown)
I coated out the legs in Fusion Mineral Paint’s coal black with no prep work. 2 coats, and it was done!
1. Cut strips of pallet wood planks to desired size. Allow room for support boards.
The tray was flipped upside down onto the boards, then allowed room for 2 small support planks. The small planks would hold the tray boards together, AND keep the tray from slipping off the TV tray top.
Reclaimed wood is a funky thing. You can try with all your might to get the wood to fit perfectly this way and that, but it generally won’t. And that’s the beauty of a rustic build. It doesn’t really matter.
Unless it tips your coffee onto your new sofa! So I sanded the board joins to blend the seams in nice and smooth.
Because I don’t have other fancy equipment that would do the proper woodworking method. But this did work
for my kinda building talents.
4. Stencil on your chosen designs, one everyday, and one seasonal.
I decided to make the TV tray by itself everyday, then with an added tray for Christmas.
But if I love using the tray on it more, I’ll just make an everyday tray too! That’s the beauty of a custom build. You can do whatever you wish.
Incidentally… these two chosen stencils are designed to mix and match, so you can have everyday hot cocoa, or Christmas coffee too!
Position the grain sack lines in the middle of your tray. Then walk your fingers along while you stencil, to hold the stencil in place. Especially important with the long grain sack lines.
If you find the lines not quite long enough, simply move the stencil a few inches down to finish.
Red paint – Fusion Mineral Paint’s Fort York Red
New to stencilling? Learn how HERE.
6. Stencil on the next design.
After grain sack lines are dry to the touch, tape the next stencil into place, then paint.
Because these stencils are mix and match, they have several different registration triangles inside the design. Be sure to tape over them too!
I usually like a lighter hand in stencilling for a more worn finish, but because of doubling up the colours, a heavier hand is needed if you don’t wish for the lines to show through.
8. Fall. In. LOVE!
And here is the result… with my pretty new sofa! I’ve yet to show you… but you can see a chair HERE.
Now I wish I had stocked two of those yellowish things!
And works well with the new stuff.
Two handles were added to the tray top for extra detail.
The tiny touch of red is perfect! It’s a subtle nod to the season, crate / vintage style.
Funny story… I was looking high and low for certain iron styled handles I KNEW I had on hand. Couldn’t find them anywhere, so I added these two different rust toned ones.
So, where were the handles? On the farmhouse styled bathroom cabinet.
And now I want coffee AND hot cocoa…
These food projects aren’t helping my
non existent diet one bit.