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Cabinet Turned Serving Tray

Remember that amazing work shop I showed you yesterday and that legit cutting board I made? Well…yaaaa I made a few things in what I will now call “Santa’s workshop.” Only thing was instead of making gifts for friends I was selfish and made a bunch of fun goodies for my house- oops! I couldn’t resist! I know I mentioned that my friend’s Dad makes cabinets, hence his amazing woodworking shop. So with that, there were some old cabinet doors that were leftover from some jobs.
Photo Cred: Anya McInroy
No use in letting those go to waste! I got to zesting! Now you may not have a friend with extra cabinet doors laying around, but hit up ReStore or a thrift store and you are sure to find some!!
I decided to match the cabinet to the dark wood in the rest of my home so I did a quick stain….and then let it dry.
Next I put a clear coat of sealer on the tray and let dry again. I really loved the outcome!
I really loved the outcome!
After my tray was all dry and sealed (this was a few days process) I grabbed the drill and measured symmetrical holes on both sides of the door.
Then I grabbed leather, 4 bolts and 4 nuts.
Next I cut strips of the leather a little past the length of my holes to create handles.
I marked the leather with a quick drill.
Then used a leather hole punch to create the actual holes.
Next I simply screwed in the bolts through the leather and into the hole to create secure handles.
Make sure to secure the bolts with the nuts.
Time to put it to use!! I can't wait to host with my new tray!!

Materials I used for this project:

  • Cabinet door
  • Stain
  • Leather strips
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Ask the creator about this project

  • Carole White
    Carole White Canada
    on Sep 20, 2016

    very creative!! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Lynne Webb
    Lynne Webb
    on Sep 20, 2016

    Beautiful. You did a great job staining. Not so easy every time. The grain of the wood dictates how stain is absorbed. You did some good prep work to make your stain job even.

  • Nancy Skinner White
    Nancy Skinner White Bridgman, MI
    on Sep 20, 2016

    How do you make the back of the bolt & nut so it doesn't scratch the surface your setting it on?

    • Kathy Haines Cramer
      Kathy Haines Cramer
      on Sep 20, 2016

      Felt probably wouldn't last long, but you still could use it and replace it when it gets rubbed up. You can by little rubber doohickies that you put on the back of frames that stop it from rubbing on wall. You could put four tiny feet on the bottom. Use a circle of fabric/felt, baste around the edges an tighten it between nut and the wood. Use that rubberized paint.... femo clay, air dry clay? Adhere leather to the bottom of the screws, glue on twine/ string....

  • Lynne
    Lynne Detroit, MI
    on Sep 20, 2016

    lovely job! i have some of those leftover doors i might try. thanks

  • Wyldecent
    Wyldecent Ashland, OH
    on Sep 20, 2016

    As an ER nurse, please don't drill on your lap. One slip and you'd be visiting me. That said, this was a very nice project.

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