DIY Coastal Tray

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It’s Power Tool Time and this month we’re all sharing a tray project and I made a DIY Coastal Tray.  You guys know I love all things beachy and this tray captures that nautical vibe.

DIY Coastal Tray

I’m a huge fan of trays.  I think they work in every room to add layers and textures, so building a tray was a fun project for this month’s Power Tool Challenge.

Here’s what I used…

Coastal Tray Supplies {affiliates included for your convenience}

  • 1″ x 3″ x 6′ (this is your tray sides)
  • two 1″ x 2″ x 6′ (these are your slats for the base)
  • miter saw
  • drill
  • nailer
  • rope
  • kona stain
  • paint

Cut your 1″ x 3″ board down.  You’ll need two 12″ pieces and two 18″ pieces for your sides.

I used my nailer to attach them together.

Then cut your 1″ x 2″ boards down.  For this size try I cut 12 slat pieces at 13 3/8″.  Then I painted and stained the boards.

To create a fun, striped pattern so I alternated the slats with natural pine, turquoise, kona stain and white.

I attached the slats to the base with the nailer as well.

I used a drill to make holes on the sides for the rope handles.  Use some painter’s tape at the end of your rope to make it easier to thread through the holes.

I love how it turned out!  So fun and perfect for the summer months ahead.

I’m thinking this tray is permanently parking it on our coffee table through summer!

Check out the other awesome ladies and their trays below…

Designed Décor – DIY Serving Tray

Interior Frugalista – DIY Farmhouse Tray

H2OBungalow – Coastal Rope Handle Tray Tutorial

Virginia Sweet Pea – DIY Farmhouse Style Tray

My Repurposed Life – DIY Tray Using Metal Tiles

My Love 2 Create – DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray

Create And Babble – DIY Wooden Quilt Square Tray

The Kim Six Fix – Easy Hexagonal Tray

Domestically Speaking – DIY Coastal Tray

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    1. Every time I click on your tray, it take me to something else (How to make an engineered print into canvas). I even tried to find it on Pinterest. No luck! Where can I find it?

      1. I thought I was replying to a comment from Wendi @H20Bungalow.
        I love your tray and hers, but I can’t get to the tutorial on hers.
        I love everything Coastal!!

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  3. Very pretty, Maryann. I love your color choices for the slats and also the rope handles. This is the perfect tray for summer entertaining.

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