Hommemade with Homepolish: A Lacquered Tray

Hommemade with Homepolish: A Lacquered Tray

Hommemade with Homepolish: A Lacquered Tray


For part three in our our series Hommemade with Homepolish brought to you by method, our West Coast Creative Director Orlando Soria makes a polished serving tray, joined by the ever-quirky Kelly Oxford.

Photos by Zeke Ruelas.

In a three-part video series, we present Hommemade with Homepolish brought to you by method. Our West Coast Creative Director Orlando Soria has come up with three super-easy DIYs that you can complete right at home (with the help of his step-by-step videos, that is). Best of all, each craft will introduce a new celebrity cohost! Check out this stylish and polished serving tray, made with the help of author, screenwriter, and generally hilarious lady Kelly Oxford. As Orlando points out, trays are super versatile but sometimes expensive… so why not make your own? See below for the materials, directions, and video link.


Materials List

Pine plank
Wood border panels
Wood filler
Wood glue
1 quart semi-gloss white paint
Hardware (2 pull handles is what we used.)
Drill and screwdriver


Step-by-Step Directions:

1. Gather some wood
Ok, not gather… that makes it sound like a fairytale. We mean purchase. At a lumberyard (or depending on your location, a Home Depot), have wood cut into the following dimensions: Plank (1″ x 12″): 20-inches long, Border pieces (2 at 20 inches and 2 at 9 7/8-inches). (Please note that while lumberyards call these planks 1×2, their actual dimensions are 1 1/4″ x 3/4″. The true dimensions of the border pieces are 1 1/2″ x 3/4″. Don’t be fooled!)

2. Get gluing
Use wood glue to fasten border pieces to the plank, putting the longer border pieces directly at the edge of the plank and the smaller border pieces 1 1/2-inches from the outside (to leave room for hardware).

3. Don’t forget those details!
Fill the cracks with wood patch and sand down edges of the tray. You can skip this step, but Orlando will come and haunt you. Paying attention to the details is SUPER important to give your tray that gorgeous, polished look.

4. Painting
Paint the tray white (or your color of choice… the world is your oyster!) using a semi-gloss paint. You will need 2-3 coats of paint to get even coverage. Then, pop open a bottle of wine to kill some time because you gots to wait for that paint to dry.

5. Attaching the Hardware
Drill holes 1/2-inch in from both sides and attach hardware using screws provided. Afraid of power tools like drills? Call over a friend to help you with the project! Why do you think Orlando called Kelly?

6. Final Touches
No tray is complete without stuff to hold! Accessorize with books, small plants, or your favorite memorabilia. Heck, even a bottle of method all purpose cleaner can find a place on your shiny new tray!


To see more Hommemade with Homepolish go HERE! And hashtag your projects #myhommemade!

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