When she created her gorgeous outdoor living room for our Patio Style Challenge, Stephanie Fisher also created a cute and colorful DIY tray and spray-painted coasters. She’s the author of the design and DIY blog Glitter and Goat Cheese, so we were thrilled when shared with us this tutorial–two tutorials, actually– for her fuchsia and gold tray and her spray-painted coasters.
Both these DIY projects are easy and inexpensive. Have fun!
My husband and I picked dimensions of 12″ x 18″ for the finished tray and decided that 1×3 boards and 1/4″ MDF would be the best materials to build it.
- 1-in. x 3-in. x 6-ft. pine board
- 1/4-in. x 2-ft. x 4-ft. MDF board
- Miter saw or box
- Skill saw or table saw
- Painter’s tape
- Wood glue
- Clamps (must be wider than 18″)
- 2-in. finishing nails
- Sanding blocks (coarse and fine)
- Gold leaf or metallic paint
- Gloss polyurethane
- 2-in. angled paint brush (Purdy XLs are my very favorites!)
- Cabinet pulls
Building the DIY Tray
Using your miter saw, cut your board into two 18″ and two 12″ pieces. Cut at 45-degree angles, measuring on the long side.
This next part might sound tricky, but I promise, it’ll actually make the building process easier!
Lay all four boards down in a row, long ends up, using a straight edge to make sure they’re lined up perfectly. Then, tape each one to the next with painter’s tape.
Stand up your four boards and apply a small amount of wood glue to the inside edges, where your corners will line up.
Without undoing the tape, push all the glued edges together to make the boards into a rectangle shape.
Still with me?
The tape will keep your mitered corners lined up perfectly. (Obviously, you’ll only have tape on three of the four corners, so just do your best with the fourth one.) Use clamps to keep the boards pressed into the rectangle shape while the glue dries.
In the meantime, trace a 12″ x 18″ rectangle onto your MDF, and then cut it out with your skill saw or table saw.
When the glue holding the sides together is dry, remove the clamps and apply glue to the top edges.
Carefully place your MDF rectangle over the glue, lining it up on the sides.
For extra strength, nail down the board with finishing nails. We used two in each corner and a few more on the sides.
Let the glue dry, then flip it over. You’re done with the building part!
Finishing the DIY Tray
Starting with a coarse grit and finishing with a fine grit, sand down any extra glue or rough spots.
Apply two coats of water-based primer with an angled brush, sanding with a fine grit sanding block in between coats.
Using your angled brush, paint the tray your color of choice. I bought a Behr Premium Plus sample and had it color-matched to my favorite shade of orchid (though Orchid Kiss is almost identical). I only needed two coats, but you may need more or less depending on the shade you use. I love using Hyde Painter’s Pyramids to elevate what I’m painting – it makes it so much easier to paint the sides!
If you end up with any brush strokes or drips, sand in between coats. My Behr Premium Plus paint went on really smoothly, though, so I skipped that step.
Once the paint is dry, apply an accent along the tops of the sides. I used gold leaf, but you could also tape the sides and apply metallic paint with a small brush.
Grab your angled brush one more time to apply two or three coats of oil-based gloss poly for a super durable finish.
Drill pilot holes and screw in your choice of cabinet pulls on each end. Make sure they’re centered! I love the 5-inch Liberty Artesia pulls that we found. The Sedona Bronze is the perfect shade–not too brassy, not too dark.
Once the pulls were secure, I painted over the screws on the inside with a teeny artist’s paint brush.
And that’s it! Your DIY tray is done.
The poly should protect your tray from moisture, but I couldn’t resist making some DIY coasters, too.
Did you know that plain white 4 1/4″ square ceramic tiles are only $0.16 each?! You aren’t going to find coasters any cheaper than that, my friends. I spruced my tiles up with some taped off spray paint designs, but the customization possibilities are endless.
Here’s how I made mine:
Use the painter’s tape to cover up the areas of the tile that you want to stay white. I traced my designs onto the tile with a ruler and pencil first, but you could totally just wing it, too!
Remove the tape, then if you want to add some extra protection, apply a couple light coats of a clear finishing spray.
When the coasters are dry, flip them over and stick the rubber pads to the corners.
Let the spray paint cure for a few days before you put anything on top of your coasters. Then, you’re ready for a party.
I admit, though the coasters and tray were meant to live on our deck, I love them too much to keep them in one place! They make guest appearances all over the house.
Cheap, easy, and colorful: my kind of DIY project!