Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tray From Salvaged Wood

Just a quick project.

One of my favorite things to do as a kid was jump on the bed.
 We had these old, antique beds that had slats that went under the mattress the old fashioned boxspring that was actually a spring.
I don't know why but my dad hadn't screwed the slats into the bed rails.
When my siblings and I disobeyed the rule and jumped on the bed the slats shifted and the whole bed could collapse.
It made a huge crash on our hardwood floors. 
I had some slats in the garage left over from the settee that we took apart. 

 We aren't using this piece as a settee anymore because it was so dysfunctional but I want to preserve every part of it that I can. 
Bill was going to throw the seat away but I made him take the slats off of it for me. They reminded me of all those old beds we had. 
They weren't great wood but they were older, probably from the 50's when my granddad built his lake house. This piece is very sentimental to me because I slept on this when I was a kid at the lake.
I was tweaking the tablescape in dining room because I thought it looked sloppy. I wanted something instead of my silver tray in the center. 
I thought about a wooden table runner like I had seen on Pinterest but I didn't have any longer boards.

I remembered the slats and thought they would be perfect. 
They were already cut so all I had to do was trim the cross pieces. 

 I screwed the cross pieces into the slats from the back side. None of the screws show. The old knotty holes are from when it was screwed into the settee.  

I debated keeping it natural, but instead chose to paint it with CeCe Caldwell chalk paint.

It was still missing something so I went by the Ace Hardware for some handles.

Is isn't a table runner but it is an adorable tray. 
Loving it,


  1. Very, very pretty!! Love it and those roses are divine!

    1. Thanks, Kathy. I forgot to look what kind they were. I got them at Kroger. :)

  2. What a great idea. It's so neat that you kept a part of something you loved and made it into something new. I love trays and risers on the table.

  3. Beautiful repurposed tray!

  4. what a pretty tray. great use of materials to re purpose.

  5. What a lovely way to keep those memories. The tray looks great on your table and the color of your roses are so beautiful.
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  6. Very clever 'new use." And how special because of it's sentimental value!

  7. This is very clever, Katie - love the rustic look to your elegant dining room decor. I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

    1. Thank you, Kathy. I am tickled you have featured me.