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From Cutting Board to Trendy Tray!

A rustic, farmhouse-style serving tray is easier (and cheaper) than you may think! You wouldn't believe what this started as...
Click HERE for the full set of instructions!
Difficulty: Easy
This is what I started with- a scarred, stained board from the thrift store. Didn't look very nice, but the price was right. Plus is was the perfect size to repurpose as a serving tray.
After buying it, I cleaned it up and did some prep work to get it ready for the next step. It looked totally different- what a difference already.
Click HERE to find out what I did!
After wiping it down, I gave it two coats of a favorite wood stain...one that yields a gorgeous rustic appearance. Love that variation in color!
Depending on how you use it, there are two ways to seal it- a food safe way and a non-food safe way. Check out my blog for the details!
Following that, I added handles...ta-da, a fun, easy, and GORGEOUS serving tray!
Last Thanksgiving, I actually left it out on our coffee table and stacked coasters and cocktail napkins on it. It worked like a CHARM! Everyone put their drinks on it and I didn't have to fret about water rings- HURRAY!!

To see more: http://www.sadieseasongoods.com/goodwill-blogging-from-cutting-board-to-trendy-tray/

Ask the creator about this project

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Nov 20, 2015

    Very nice!

  • Donna Arnold
    Donna Arnold Washington, IL
    on Dec 27, 2015

    What a great idea. Very nice!

  • Vicki Roehrig
    Vicki Roehrig
    on Dec 27, 2015

    Old flat panel cabinet doors work great for this too.

  • Betty Mongeon
    Betty Mongeon Brimfield, MA
    on Dec 27, 2015

    Very nice idea.

  • Heathersomers49
    on Dec 27, 2015

    What a great idea. Love it !

  • Francesca
    Francesca San Jose, CA
    on Dec 27, 2015

    Great idea! Thanks for posting.

  • MN Mom
    MN Mom Chanhassen, MN
    on Dec 27, 2015

    Love it

  • Diana Deiley
    Diana Deiley Nokomis, FL
    on Dec 27, 2015

    LOVE the wood finish so glad you didn't paint it. Great piece. Thanks for sharing.

  • Elaine Freimuth
    Elaine Freimuth Rhinelander, WI
    on Dec 27, 2015


  • Victoria latona
    Victoria latona Pittston, PA
    on Dec 27, 2015

    love it - something I can do!!

  • Halldebbie81
    on Dec 27, 2015

    have a cutting board that I will definitely try this with!

  • Jean Myles
    Jean Myles
    on Dec 27, 2015

    Great idea Ty for sharing

  • Amy O'Donald
    Amy O'Donald Landenberg, PA
    on Dec 27, 2015

    Great idea. I just saw one on Groupon with the family name engraved with a wood burning tool. My friend said it is easy to use. Beautiful. Purely decorative.

  • Kelly Toth
    Kelly Toth Fort Wayne, IN
    on Dec 27, 2015

    Great idea....I love it!

  • Catherine Westergaard
    Catherine Westergaard Tucson, AZ
    on Dec 27, 2015

    I have an old one in my kitchen that I hated to throw away, thanks for the idea! Btw, I wonder if teens are still making these in shop classes. I took shop back in 8th grade (mid 1970's), instead of home ec (now I can plane wood but can't cook worth a darn, lol) This would be a great way for moms to save their kids work years later when they don't want to throw it out but can't use any longer. Great idea!

    • Sadie Seasongoods
      Sadie Seasongoods
      on Dec 27, 2015

      @Catherine Westergaard I am so glad I was able to take Shop AND Home Ec- everyone did. I wish that was still the norm!

  • Marina Bottazzi
    Marina Bottazzi
    on Dec 27, 2015

    Aggiungere a questo post ...bellissimo

  • Barbara C
    Barbara C Mcdonough, GA
    on Dec 27, 2015

    Cargerine,I don't think schools do shop classes anymore. They should.

    • Cindy
      Cindy Irvington, KY
      on Dec 27, 2015

      Ours does. Probably depends on your location and board members.

  • Priscilla G
    Priscilla G Bay City, TX
    on Dec 27, 2015

    I was about to pitch a small one, thanks for saving me

  • Martha Hinkle
    Martha Hinkle Tecumseh, OK
    on Dec 27, 2015

    This is a great idea! Unfortunately many schools do not offer shop classes anymore; in fact, there is a great shortage of 'craftsmen' (or women) in the US because in our quest for mass production and to take advantage of technology, machines have replaced people in many areas. I was looking for someone to re-cane a chair and couldn't find anyone. Sad.

  • Melissa Parish
    Melissa Parish Kerrville, TX
    on Dec 27, 2015


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