Moooooooooo!! I can just hear the cows outside the farm house with this rustic wood serving tray sitting on the dining room server or kitchen table. Just a nice simple, practical, shabby chic project to make! What else could you ask for?! Well, besides buying a cow. But why do that when you can get the milk for free?! Ok… I need to move on, or every single one of you are going to leave for good!
DIY – Rustic Wood Serving Tray – Farmhouse Finish
Tools Needed for this Project:
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This should be familiar, as the pieces purchased here are the same as the one’s purchased for our beer sign tutorial. Heck, you might even have purchased extra from before and can skip this step!
- Quantity (1) one. 1″ x 3″ x 6′ Select Pine
- Quantity (1) one. 1″ x 12″ x 6′ Select Pine
- Quantity (2) two. 3″ Rustic Bar Cabinet Pull
Other goodies you can pull from around your shop (if you don’t have them already) are:
- 60 grit and 220 grit sandpaper
- Paint, Wax and Glaze. In this DIY, we just used a few coats of flat white ceiling paint, Johnson paste wax, and Valspar antique glaze, which by the way, is amazing!
- And an… AWESOME, #notnegative, but #POSITIVE, ATTITUDE
Step One – Cut, cut, cut and cut – four times
Hope your miter saw blade is sharpened, because we need to use it for the first few cuts of this project! You’ll want to cut two pieces of your 1″ x 3″ wood at 19.5″, and two other pieces at 11.25″. Next, you’ll want to cut your 1″ x 12″ wood at 18″ long (it is already 11.25″ wide, and 0.75″ thick).
Step Two – Assembly of Wood, Glue and Nails
With all the wood cut, you’re ready for a nice, simple assembly. Make sure the cuts are correct and lined up properly, before squaring everything off, and gluing and nailing. Make sure to nail all four sides, and use a few clamps to hold it all together.
Step Three – Final Touches… Touche.
Just like all of the prior builds, you’ll want fill your nail holes, followed by sanding with 60 and 220 grit sandpaper. As silly as it sounds, make sure the wood fill is dry before sanding.
Step Four – Paint, Wax and Glaze
Now before I have an army of “CHALK PAINT IS GOD” ladies running after me, just try this method of finishing first to see how you like it. I’m a HUGE fan of just plain white, flat ceiling paint, followed by a few coats of DIY Johnson Paste Wax and Valspar Antique Glaze. A side note with the glaze, use sparingly. For this finish, less than a quarter size of glaze was used for the entire finish. A little goes a LONG way!
The rustic finish comes from just randomly scraping 220 grit sandpaper over the finished painted/wax wood product. Start with light sanding on random sections, and tie it all together slowly. You don’t want to take away too much paint, as you’ll need to repaint and start again from step 1 on painting.
Step Five – Last Steps, the Handles
Once everything is together, sanded, painted, waxed and glazed, you’ll just need to add the handles to get it all wrapped up. Measure the middle of the two ends, drill your holes in the wood for the handles, and viola! You have yourself a finished rustic farmhouse serving tray for your kitchen table!
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If you found this DIY project to be too difficult, or don’t have enough time to complete it, feel free to purchase it from our Etsy shop! I mean, we’ll eventually run out of room in our house if we keep everything we make, so it’s win/win!