This is a mini DIY project to take something from decorative, to functional. It was a quick project that cost me about $10.
Thats because I had to buy a pice of wood, and some stain. Scraps and leftovers would be ideal for something like this.
I purchased this large woven basket tray to hang in my dining room.
There is a small wall that needed something, and art didn’t work in the space.
I purchased new sofas for my living room, and moved an existing ottoman in here for the time being.
I thought the large scale of this tray would go perfect on the square ottoman. It is tufted, so a tray is necessary..
I love the combination of an ottoman and tray. You can put your feet up on something soft, and the tray will hold snacks and accessories
This tray, however, does not work, being a basket and all.. I am only calling it a tray because it has handles. It is much more decorative than functional.
And, say hello my helper. I was trying to take photos for this post, and she just plopped down right there. I have since started some new hashtags on IG: #furbabyfriday #dogsoftheblog #furbabyphotobomb. My dogs make their way into many photos 🙂
Because of the woven surface, there is no way to set a coffee mug down or safely burn candles on this tray.
I needed to make it more functional.
Like a tray..
I purchased this 2×2 piece of plywood at the Hardware Store. They had different woods and sizes, but I think the one I got cost around $6.00. It is pre sanded, and only about 1/2 inch thick. We used a jigsaw to cut the wood to fit the tray.
Finally, I needed to paint or stain the wood round. I decided to stain the round in a color close to that of the tray.
Here is another helper…
I let the stain sit for about 3 minutes and wiped off the excess. Then I sealed it with poly
I was happy with the color
I have made my tray, a tray
And now, we have a place to set down a coffee mug. Very important around here 😉
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