Welcome back, if you were hoping to see one of my flea market treasures from Monday transformed, you might be a little disappointed with my next project. But if you love pallets like I do then you just might want to tackle this fairly easy project.
As for my flea market finds, I haven’t quite figured out just where to start, so I’m finishing a few projects that I’ve had in the works first.
This little project uses a leftover piece of 1 inch plywood (13″x18″), some pallet wood, fabric modpodge and fabric I had leftover from my curbside chair rescues. I also used a few knobs and a couple of handles from my junk pile but I’ll get to those.
Cut your plywood base to whatever size you desire. Like I said, mine was 13″x18″.
Cut 2 pieces of your pallet wood the exact length of your tray(18″).
Cut 2 more pieces of your pallet wood the width of the tray plus the thickness of the two side pieces you just cut.
Use wood glue and finish nails to attach the pallet wood to the plywood and to secure the corners.
I kept playing around with the finish on my pallets but this is how I started…a dark vintage chalk paint wax with a little black paint mixed in. These were painted on and blended with a brush, then the excess was rubbed off with a rag.
Pushing the fabric into the corners, I marked the cut line for the fabric with a pen.
Fabric was cut then adhered with modpodge one side at a time. Press down firmly.
Another layer of modpodge seals the top of the fabric.
I ended up using 2 coats of modpodge on the fabric and lightly sanded with fine sandpaper between coats. The modpodge makes the fibers of the fabric stiff and bumpy but sanding smooths everything out.
Four drawer knobs from my box of junk give legs for my tray to stand on.
Remember I said, I kept playing around with the finish? A while back I had purchased what I thought was white chalk paint and it turned out to be white wax and I was kind of curious to see what it would look like.
Once I started with the white wax, I had to finish.
The white wax did even out the gray patina of the pallet wood and it gives a nice finish.
On your tray feel free to experiment with different color fabrics and different color paints to match your decor.
The handles on the ends of the tray were leftover from the vintage writing desk from a couple weeks ago.
You know I have to sand the edges to finish the look.
Easy little tray for the beginner woodworker and could easily take on any personality depending on the fabric you choose.
Have a great weekend. Stay inspired.
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