DIY Farmhouse Serving Tray

diy farmhouse serving tray

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This DIY farmhouse serving tray was super simple to make, and I’m very excited to use it around the farmhouse! We recently repainted the dresser we use for a tv stand in the living room. When we did that, I ended up removing the cabinet door in favor of open shelving. I kept the door with this exact project in mind!

upcycling blue cabinet door into a serving tray
leftover blue cabinet door

My first step was to sand off most of the original blue paint. I applied Minwax stain in Provincial to darken the areas where I sanded too heavily and exposed lighter wood.

sanded cabinet door diy
Minwax stain in provincial
cabinet door sanded and stained in minwax provincial

If I had it to do over again, this is the point where I would have rubbed a candle / wax on the edges to help the paint resist but I honestly just forgot! I used the wax resist technique on a tall cabinet I repainted recently, and it helped the milk paint to chip off easier. Because I sanded this cabinet door so heavily, the milk paint adhered REALLY well. Almost too well! I was still able to distress the door relatively easily, but it gave a different look. Much less chippy, and more weathered.

cabinet door painted with miss mustard seed milk paint in ironstone

After the stain dried, I painted the door with Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint in Ironstone. Once the paint fully dried I distressed the door with sandpaper. I wiped the door down with a damp microfiber cloth, and then added a layer of Fusion Mineral’s Tough Coat for durability.

distressed cabinet door diy

For the final step, I attached the handles. I found these simple but pretty white metal handles from Hobby Lobby. They have a ton of options in store and they’re all really inexpensive! Don’t these handles look like they were just made for this tray?

diy farmhouse serving tray
distressed serving tray


  • Cabinet door
  • Stain
  • Milk Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Sealer
  • Handles
painted serving tray with metal handles

With the exception of the handles, everything I used to make this DIY farmhouse serving tray was leftover supplies from previous projects. And the handles were very affordable at $4 a piece. I’m so excited to style this piece for the holidays! Wouldn’t it be the cutest little serving tray for Santa’s milk and cookies?! I hope this post inspires you all to think outside the box a little! Thanks for following along…

Love, Brittany

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