Repurposed Outdoor Tray
Every project has to begin and end somewhere. Sometimes my projects begin again even after they've become a project. This outdoor tray is a repurposed project from a Christmas sign...
I needed a new outdoor tray for the very large deck table I made last summer.
The tray I had last year has seen better days.
I wanted something small and simple, mainly to hold the giant lanterns that were grey and then red and then blue, that I keep in the center of the table.
Looking around my basement, I had no wood that would work so I did what any good repurposer would do... I repurposed another sign.
I made this NOEL sign a while back and truthfully, I made more than one so I'm going to use this one to make a tray.
Now that is some fancy reclaimed wood!
I began by cutting the sign in half with a small circular saw.
I created a pallet with it by wood gluing and nailing cross pieces of scrap wood to hold it together.
Now it was time to paint it a new color, I painted the back of the tray black and blue is what I have out on my deck so a blue chalky paint is what I used for the top.
I have a HUGE stash of all kinds of handles from a store that was closing a few years ago.
I measured for the handles and drilled holes in the tray for the screws.
Next, I chose a stencil from my vast collection of decorative stencils and used white craft paint to stencil the design.
I distressed over the top of the stencil with a fine sandpaper.
When the paint was dry I coated the tray with Fusion Mineral Paint Tough Coat.
My tray was finished and looks great on the deck.
It matches all the new blue accessories I purchased recently!
It matches the lantern and makes a great tray for the center of my extra large table.
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