About a month ago I got the a new Pottery Barn Catalog, and saw this tray in it. It made me realize my rustic tray could use a few improvements to really make it sing.
So I set out to add some more details to my pallet tray. An upgrade if you will.
I started by making a pilot hole about where I wanted the cut/notch to be, then attaching a hole cutter to my drill I made a big semi circle. (I’m pretty certain it’s a door knob hole maker.)
When I finished with the hole cutter this is what it looked like.
I then took my jigsaw and cut the points off so that it was more smooth.
Next, I took a very deep breath and started on the handle holes. I really had no idea what I was doing or what I was going to end up with. I guess I should have done a little research. 😉
Here you will notice where I drew out the shape and made pilot holes.
Here’s a lesson learned and a good tip. Make your pilot holes a little bigger, if possible with a larger bit and right at the edge of the round part of your handle. It’s really hard to force the jigsaw into make that tight turn. If I had done this, I’m fairly certain I would have had more perfect looking handles holes.
But I’m really okay with it as it is, it’s a rustic tray right?
Here are some finished photos. I’m still not 100% happy with the styling. It’s a work in progress.
These simple updates definitely make it look more like a tray and less like a crate. 🙂
And I do hope to slip cover or reupholster this ottoman soon. I’m so over this color.
I loved being re-inspired to make an updated version of my free pallet tray! Palette Tray v2.0, pretty cool.
Honored to be featured here:
marissaFebruary 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm
I love how that looks I would have never thought to make one I hope you'll add this and any of your other posts to my What We Wore and Made party over at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com/search/label/WWWMW
ImSoVintageFebruary 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm
I think it looks great and one of the wonderful things about handmade is they aren't perfect. I am a happy new follower from Wow us Wednesdays<br />Laura<br />http://imsovintage.blogspot.com/
SwimtaxiFebruary 3, 2012 at 1:29 am
I really liked it before, but I love the changes. It looks like it belongs in a magazine.
Kim @ Savvy Southern StyleFebruary 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm
Cute tray. Featuring it tonight at Wow.
Kim @ Cheap Chic HomeFebruary 8, 2012 at 2:58 am
Hi, I saw this featured at SSS. It looks perfect to me! I'd like to attempt one of these. Pinning!
KimFebruary 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm
Omigosh I'm totally lovin' this blog. Can't wait to go back and browse around some more. You totally rocked that tray – great job! I'm a happy new follower. Pop over for a visit sometime!<br />xoxo,<br />Kim
Ms. RedoFebruary 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm
Are you kidding me, I love it!!! You are an amazing woman with those power tools, I'm just too chicken! I found your feature at Savvy Southern Style, thanks for sharing with us. Hugs ~ Mary
[email protected] The Picket FenceFebruary 19, 2012 at 2:03 am
I really love this!
Michele AlgerMay 25, 2013 at 7:54 am
I sincerely love it JUST THE WAY IT IS! Do NOT change a THING! 😉 <br />totally gonna make one of these…why didn't I think of that in the first place! 😉