DIY Cabinet Door Serving Tray
By: April Rose
I am the kind of lady who loves rustic furnishings. Our home is trimmed in barn wood. We have a creek rock fireplace, eight bucks on the wall, and two turkeys. Hunting decorations are literally all over the place. I also enjoy having some accents that are a touch fancier as well. One of these accents are serving trays. Instead of going out and shopping for something that will fit in, I prefer to make it myself. You can do it yourself as well with a little bit of imagination, preparation, and time!
There are just a few things you’ll need before you get started.
- Cabinet door (I got a blemished door for $1)
- Flat white paint
- Black acrylic paint
- Antique wax
- Paste finishing wax
- Makeup sponge
- Paint brushes
(large and small)
This is the hardest part. You’ll need to drill the holes for the handles. Find the center of the door on the left and right sides. From the center of your handle, measure to the center of the threaded holes. From there, simply measure and mark that same distance from the center marks on your board and drill your holes.
Paint your door. Give it 24 hours to get dry.
You’ll need to measure and mark the center of your door to align your stencil. Once centered, secure it with some masking tape.
Take the makeup sponge and dip into the black acrylic paint. It is very important to not use too much or it can run under your stencil. You’ll want to blot in up and down motions until an even coat is applied. Let this dry for about 10 minutes.
With a small brush, apply a medium coat of the Antique wax to the inside corners. Take an old rag and rub slightly to sort of smear the edges. This gives an olde
r, worn, rustic appearance.
With the large brush, apply a very small amount of the Antique wax to the brush. Apply to the entire door using very light strokes. Periodically pause and rub in with your rag. Again, this is to give the worn and rustic appearance.
Using your old rag, apply a moderate coat of the Paste Finishing Wax using small, circular motions. Once covered, using a clean portion of your rag, wipe the finishing wax off with a “back and forth” motion.
Attach your handles. Done!