Drink Tray Repurposed

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2 Hours

Well I finally got into the holiday spirit! So my youngest has settled down with his girlfriend and bought a couch and tv. So I thought I would make him a sofa tray. I had this wine cork board someone had made me and it was falling apart and I didn’t want to trash it.

Removing the corks

most of the corks came off easy the problem with hot glue gun is glue becomes brittle and does hold. I used the claw side of hammerto remove most corks.

Removing stubborn glue

After I got most of it off I had to use a flat scraper to remove stubborn glue and chucks of cork. When I got most of it off I also took my orbital sander to the whole thing prepping for paint.

First choice was slate tiles

I was going to use some leftover slate tiles but I didn’t have enough, time to look through hoarding supplies.

Metallic tiles

I had sheets of tile they weren’t the same but I used flat ones around the edges and the texture ones in the center.

Mixing my own chalk paint

I always buy opps for future projects so I had had this sample light gray. I always save yogurt containers for painting projects then they at least get one more use before ending up in our land fill. I pour some paint in and a couple of scoops of plaster of Paris and painted the tray. Once it was dry I sanded a bit and brushed lightly with a aged brown. And whipped most of it off.

Thin layer of glue

I choice to use wood glue rather than mortar to insure that the tiles would not pop loose. I laid them out and pushed them into the glue. Wiping up any extra glue.

Tiles drying

Here is the finished design the two different tiles worked great together.

Wet grout

I used a pewter grout and made it super wet to get it into the small grout lines.

My wood glue and metal glaze I used over the spray painted brass handles

I had some vintage handles in my stock pile and spray painted them silver. Once I drilled the holes and added to tray they just were covered completely so I went over with metal glaze, mainly cause I didn’t want to remove them and repaint.

Grout dried

I let the watery grout sit until the moisture was gone. Taking a sponge to push into areas where there was a void. Finally wiping it all of it looks beautiful. But I ran into a problem with one of the side walls pulling away. So I went to find brackets.

Corner brackets added

i used four small corner brackets and added them strength. I didn’t want it to fall apart first couple uses. I am so excited to wrap it up and give it to them. I spray the whole thing with a clear coat to protect.

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  • Dpbeee2 Dpbeee2 on Dec 24, 2018

    Niiiice! How heavy did this turn out to be?

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jan 05, 2019

    Are the handles fixed in the upright position? or do they swivel down also?

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