Tuesday, October 23, 2012
With a few days off work, I have some creative time. I love my crafty time, it felt so good to be hammering and painting!
We were in need of a tary for our ottoman and after looking around online a bit trying to find what I want, I decided to make my own. Most of what I found was either too small, too big or too pricey. Making my own tray made it possible for me to make exactly what I needed.
The project was simple and cheap:
24" x 24" plywood - $7.50
(2) sash handles - $5.00
paint ( I bought a paint sample) - $2.50
I had primer and sand paper on hand from a previous project, so no need to buy that.
Most of the trays I liked online were $50 and up, actually the majority I liked were closer to the $100 range. Not in my budget.
The finished tray is 19" x 19". The inside is 18" x 18" and the plywood is 1/2" so the sides add the extra inch.
My father-in-law helped me with the cutting. He was going to teach me how to use the table saw, but I think he was afraid I'd cut my fingers off, so he did it for me. I used finished nails and glue to put it together. Next was to give it a layer of primer, then ad some black paint to the edges where I was going to age it. The next layer is blue paint and then a little sanding to give it that worn look. Lastly, I sealed with some paste wax and put my handles on. Two days and I have a sturdy tray that looks really awesome on my ottoman!