Pallet Tray v2.0

As you might recall I built a tray using a pallet this fall.  Click here to read the post with the complete directions, because honestly now I can’t remember exactly how I did it. 😉

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.

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  • marissa
    February 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

  • ImSoVintage
    February 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I think it looks great and one of the wonderful things about handmade is they aren&#39;t perfect. I am a happy new follower from Wow us Wednesdays<br />Laura<br />

  • Swimtaxi
    February 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 Style
    February 7, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Cute tray. Featuring it tonight at Wow.

  • Kim @ Cheap Chic Home
    February 8, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Hi, I saw this featured at SSS. It looks perfect to me! I&#39;d like to attempt one of these. Pinning!

  • Kim
    February 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Omigosh I&#39;m totally lovin&#39; this blog. Can&#39;t wait to go back and browse around some more. You totally rocked that tray – great job! I&#39;m a happy new follower. Pop over for a visit sometime!<br />xoxo,<br />Kim

  • Ms. Redo
    February 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Are you kidding me, I love it!!! You are an amazing woman with those power tools, I&#39;m just too chicken! I found your feature at Savvy Southern Style, thanks for sharing with us. Hugs ~ Mary

  • Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence
    February 19, 2012 at 2:03 am

    I really love this!

  • Michele Alger
    May 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&#39;t I think of that in the first place! 😉


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