DIY Rustic Wood Tray


I love coffee. It’s no secret, & if we are going to be best friends you need to know that. If we are at my house I will make coffee in my french press or brew a single cup with my keurig. I’m also obsessed with tea. Every kind. With honey. Since coffee & tea are a part of my everyday life, I wanted to create a small special coffee station in our kitchen. I first wanted to create a DIY rustic wood tray to keep everything neat on the counter. It had to be quite large to hold the coffee maker & coffee supplies so I recruited my amazing hubby & we got to work on our DIY Tray…

For this tray we purchased 8 foot 3×1′s. You can select the boards you want to use or you can use pallet wood. Anything will do! Since we wanted a large tray { We made ours 28″x16″} we lined 6 boards up for the bottom of the tray. We cut the 6 boards for the bottom of the tray down to the size we wanted. We then cut two boards to the same size for the two long sides of the tray & cut two more boards for the shorter sides of the tray to the size we wanted.


After we had all our boards cut and lined up, we screwed all of the sides together as shown above. We then started screwing the bottom boards down onto the side boards. We used 1 1/4 inch screws so that they would not be exposed or pop through.

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After all the bottom boards were screwed on we flipped the tray over & gave it a few coats of white paint. After that we waxed it with a mix of dark and clear wax for a worn look & added drawer pulls to both sides for handles. Simple DIY rustic wood tray complete.


So far I am loving this tray for our coffee station in our kitchen. what do you think of it? Have you ever made a tray before? I’m loving our rustic version, & I’m already thinking of other places I need a tray! Leave your thoughts below, find me on facebook, or chat with me on Instagram. Thanks for stopping by the blog!


  1. Love it! Yes, we have a coffee station, although my coffee comes out of the fridge in the form of a Starbuck’s Frappuccino ;) Love the tray!!

  2. I think it looks great and you can never have too many trays. They just pull little things together and make them look more important. I have to ask about your Chirp and Nest items. They are so cute! Any details on those?

  3. Love it! I am coffee fanatic myself! This is going on my “to-do” list! Thanks for sharing!!!

  4. JaneEllen says:

    This has got to be one of my favorite trays and I’m nutty for trays. Have several I use at different times, places, purposes. They’re just so darned handy and help keep things tidy like your coffee accoutrements, very nice. Love how it was made and the handles. I had to pin this one to make for future project. Sure glad you shared this wonderful post. Looks great on your counter top. Happy days

  5. Love it!

  6. Terri Galvan says:

    i don’t drink coffee- but Holla—- it is so stinkin’ cute! I think it would be a super cute tray for a new parent, put diapers & some wipes, some rash ointment & a couple change of clothes– especially if the nursery is upstairs & you spend most of your time downstairs. how cute would it be with a crystal knob for a girl? you could store it on an ottoman or a coffee table.

  7. Love this! I can’t wait to try one to keep in my work room to store some supplies. What a multi-functional design. I imagine this could be make with recycled pallets as well as long as it wasn’t used in the kitchen or for children’s storage needs. I’ll stick to the new lumber for those applications. Thank you for sharing yet another great idea!

  8. Hi Liz, awesome post!! I just did a new project today also, but I have to wait to post it, because I have one post ahead of that one!! Lol!! I made a 53″ floating shelf out of old barn wood!! It’s really cool!! Anyway, thanks so much for letting me know about this post!! I really enjoyed it girl!! Have a wonderful night!!
    Your Friend — Jess XOXO☺

  9. We can definitely be BFF’s! I love the project! Tray Chic!

  10. I’m loving this tray! It’s very do-able and it’s now on my to do list. Pinned!

  11. I also love coffee. Your coffee tray looks fabulous, and puts everything neatly in place. Nice!

  12. I love the handles!

  13. It turned out really nice. Love all that white! Starting to think I need me a little coffee area in my kitchen now.

  14. Love this! I’ve been saving scrap wood so I can make a tray! Yours looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)!

  15. This is great! I think I’ll do a thinner version for the back of my toilet in my guest bathroom. Counter space is at a premium in there and I really need to utilize the back of the toilet but it isn’t a very good spot to put things because they can kind of slide around. This will look finished and keep stuff in one spot.


  16. The perfect tray, a must make! I love how it looks like and old upcycled drawer :)

  17. I love trays too and use them just about everywhere. Your handmade one is great and perfect for a coffee station. I am probably one of the few out there who doesn’t have a Keurig/pod type machine. I really like the size of the one you have and need to look into it. I love tea and usually buy my coffee at Timmies (a Canadian coffee chain/icon.) We do have a little beverage area on our counter thought. I’m now following along and added your blog to my sidebar so I don’t miss a post.

  18. What kind of wax did you use?

  19. Jess Harris says:

    Not that it matters… and it’s cute either way, but how did you get 16 inches wide? (6) 3×1′s would be just shy of 15 inches as a 3×1 is really 2 1/2 inches…

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  21. Debi Diamond says:

    I love this coffee station and can’t wait to make it. I think I might have all the materials on hand. Thank you for that. I really want to ask you… Does it bother you that is kind of taking credit for other peoples creations? You were smart because they can’t take your name off of your creation. I guess that’s what embedded means. They got a few of my sisters creations and the pin doesn’t lead back to her at all. I was just curious. Stay creative. Thank you. Debi

  22. Betty819 says:

    Liz, I just found your blog and love some of your ideas; right now I’m looking at the rustic coffee tray you and DH made..What a super idea! When one wants to wipe off the countertop, instead of moving all of those items separately, just move the entire tray, clean the counter, wipe it down dry and move it all back. Of course, the wood adds a lot of weight plus the Keurig and coffee,creamer and sugar..Your coffee storage container, is that glass or an old plastic coffee container painted? Whatever it’s perfect. We use the pods and they are expensive, try to catch them on sale. Since we only drink a cup at breakfast and sometimes during the day, it doesn’t pay for us to perk an eintire pot of coffee. My dear Mother used to make a perculator full every morning and keep warming it up all day. Yuck!

  23. Where did u find the coffee canister spoon holder etc
    So cute love it all!!!

  24. Good info. Lucky me I discovered your blog by accident (stumbleupon).
    I have saved it for later!

  25. What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of rustic fall crafts! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!


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