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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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
- Cabinet door
- Milk Paint
- Paint Brush
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…