DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters

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DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters

 

When she created her gorgeous outdoor living room for our Patio Style Challenge, Stephanie Fisher also created a cute and colorful DIY tray and spray-painted coasters. She’s the author of the design and DIY blog Glitter and Goat Cheese, so we were thrilled when shared with us this tutorial–two tutorials, actually– for her fuchsia and gold tray and her spray-painted coasters.

Both these DIY projects are easy and inexpensive. Have fun!

 

DIY TRAY

My husband and I picked dimensions of 12″ x 18″ for the finished tray and decided that 1×3 boards and 1/4″ MDF would be the best materials to build it.

Supplies:

 

Building the DIY Tray

Step 1:
Using your miter saw, cut your board into two 18″ and two 12″ pieces. Cut at 45-degree angles, measuring on the long side.

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters: Cut your board into two 18" and two 12" pieces



Step 2:
This next part might sound tricky, but I promise, it’ll actually make the building process easier!

Lay all four boards down in a row, long ends up, using a straight edge to make sure they’re lined up perfectly. Then, tape each one to the next with painter’s tape.

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters: Lay all four boards down in a row and tape them together

Step 3:
Stand up your four boards and apply a small amount of wood glue to the inside edges, where your corners will line up.

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters: Stand up your four boards and apply a small amount of wood glue



Step 4:
Without undoing the tape, push all the glued edges together to make the boards into a rectangle shape.

Still with me?

The tape will keep your mitered corners lined up perfectly. (Obviously, you’ll only have tape on three of the four corners, so just do your best with the fourth one.) Use clamps to keep the boards pressed into the rectangle shape while the glue dries.

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters: Use clamps to keep the boards pressed into the rectangle shape



Step 5:
In the meantime, trace a 12″ x 18″ rectangle onto your MDF, and then cut it out with your skill saw or table saw.

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters: Trace a 12" x 18" rectangle onto your MDF

Step 6:
When the glue holding the sides together is dry, remove the clamps and apply glue to the top edges.

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters: Remove the clamps and apply glue to the top edges



Step 7:
Carefully place your MDF rectangle over the glue, lining it up on the sides.



Step 8:
For extra strength, nail down the board with finishing nails. We used two in each corner and a few more on the sides.

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters: Nail down the board with finishing nails

Let the glue dry, then flip it over. You’re done with the building part!


Finishing the DIY Tray

Step 1:
Starting with a coarse grit and finishing with a fine grit, sand down any extra glue or rough spots.

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters: Sand down any extra glue or rough spots



Step 2:
Apply two coats of water-based primer with an angled brush, sanding with a fine grit sanding block in between coats.

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters: Apply two coats of water-based primer with an angled brush



Step 3:
Using your angled brush, paint the tray your color of choice. I bought a Behr Premium Plus sample and had it color-matched to my favorite shade of orchid (though Orchid Kiss is almost identical). I only needed two coats, but you may need more or less depending on the shade you use. I love using Hyde Painter’s Pyramids to elevate what I’m painting – it makes it so much easier to paint the sides!

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters: Paint the tray your color of choice

If you end up with any brush strokes or drips, sand in between coats. My Behr Premium Plus paint went on really smoothly, though, so I skipped that step.



Step 4:
Once the paint is dry, apply an accent along the tops of the sides. I used gold leaf, but you could also tape the sides and apply metallic paint with a small brush.

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters: Apply an accent along the tops of the sides



Step 5:
Grab your angled brush one more time to apply two or three coats of oil-based gloss poly for a super durable finish.



Step 6:
Drill pilot holes and screw in your choice of cabinet pulls on each end. Make sure they’re centered! I love the 5-inch Liberty Artesia pulls that we found. The Sedona Bronze is the perfect shade–not too brassy, not too dark.

Once the pulls were secure, I painted over the screws on the inside with a teeny artist’s paint brush.

And that’s it! Your DIY tray is done.

DIY Tray completed

The poly should protect your tray from moisture, but I couldn’t resist making some DIY coasters, too.

 

SPAY-PAINTED COASTERS

Did you know that plain white 4 1/4″ square ceramic tiles are only $0.16 each?! You aren’t going to find coasters any cheaper than that, my friends. I spruced my tiles up with some taped off spray paint designs, but the customization possibilities are endless.

Here’s how I made mine:

Supplies



Step 1:
Use the painter’s tape to cover up the areas of the tile that you want to stay white. I traced my designs onto the tile with a ruler and pencil first, but you could totally just wing it, too!

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters: Use the painter's tape to cover up the areas of the tile that you want to stay white



Step 2:
Apply several light coats of spray paint over the taped designs. I used Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic in Gold, and Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in French Lilac, Aubergine, Lagoon and Aqua.

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters: Apply several light coats of spray paint over the taped designs



Step 3:

Remove the tape, then if you want to add some extra protection, apply a couple light coats of a clear finishing spray.



Step 4:
When the coasters are dry, flip them over and stick the rubber pads to the corners.

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters: Flip them over and stick the rubber pads to the corners

Let the spray paint cure for a few days before you put anything on top of your coasters. Then, you’re ready for a party.

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters: Let the spray paint cure for a few days

I admit, though the coasters and tray were meant to live on our deck, I love them too much to keep them in one place! They make guest appearances all over the house.

DIY Tray and Spray-Painted Coasters

Cheap, easy, and colorful: my kind of DIY project!

Take a look at more DIY projects here on The Home Depot blog. And follow our All About Paint board on Pinterest for more fun DIY ideas. 

Stephanie did this project for The Home Depot’s Patio Style Challenge. The ideas and opinions she expressed are her own.

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