Weathered Ottoman Tray

Staci Marie
by Staci Marie
7 Materials
1 Hour

Everyone needs somewhere to set their drinks and snacks on movie night, right? This tray will turn your living room ottoman into a safe place for your snacks.

Material List

  • Edge Glued Pine 24" round panel
  • 2 handles/drawer pulls
  • 220 grit sandpaper
  • Drill
  • Impact Drill
  • 1/2" Forstner bit
  • Philips Screwdriver
  • Paint (white & gray)
  • Paint brush
  • Plastic plate (2)
  • Gray stain
  • Clean old sock or other cotton rag
  • Disposable gloves


You can totally customize this project! Customize it to your style and adjust the size tray you make for your space!

I'm sharing a weathered wood look on this tray but you can make the finish anything you like!

Start by lightly sanding your round panel. When smooth, clean the sanding dust off and you're ready to stain.


If you're debating stain or paint for your project...always stain first. You can easily paint over stain. If you paint it first and decide you would rather have a stain finish you will need to sand or strip off the paint.

I stained my round panel top and bottom. Once it was dry I had my hubby help me with placing the handles on my tray. The handles I chose are screwed in from the backside.

We started by placing the handles in the area we wanted them and marked the furthest outside edge.

From there we turned the handle over and measured from the outside edge to the screw hole. Our measurement was 11/16". We then transferred that measurement to the round panel from the furthest outside edge mark. This mark let's us know we're we need to drill.

Since this tray may be used on an upholstered ottoman we wanted the screw heads to be inset.

That is where a Forstner bit comes in. We used a 1/2" bit and drilled a 1/4" deep.

Drill completely through the piece in the middle of that inset.

It was then time to attached the handles, using a screwdriver.

As you can see the screwhead is now inset and there is no chance it can damage any surface it's placed on.

I wanted my tray to have a weathered look, so I added water to thin down my white paint.

Then start brushing the paint on until you get the look you're after. Start conservatively with your paint. It is easier to add more, then to take it off.

After adding the white paint I felt it was pulling a blue I added a grey paint using the same watered down technique. I also felt the white handles stuck out too much so I added the grey color to the handles too.

Make this project your own. The options are endless.

This tray would make a great tray for a Sunday breakfast in bed too!

The finished ottoman tray...ready for snacks or decor.

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