This is what I was cookin up this weekend. And by cooking up I mean creating. This lovely tray is something I have thought of for a while. Not any specifics on look and style, but the idea of a tray that I could use a laptop on in bed. Or prop up my ipad and watch movies was very appealing. My study and computer are smack dab in the middle of the house. And if I or my husband is trying to do some work in the middle of the day, we have these three little people who may or may not (ever) leave us alone. So to have some quiet in our room is needed. But the idea of resting the laptop on our lap is not ideal. So this was my idea.
I have seen many different examples of DIY tables on Pinterest and Google images. I saw things from one I liked, others I did not, some I like but wanted to tweak so I did just that. I put together an idea in my mind of the look and supplies I wanted and needed to this tray to work for me and my function.
I started by looking through our wood that is forever piled in the garage. We had two shelves that were leftover when we bought the house. They were hung over the windows in the dining room. We took them down and they have been in a heap of wood since. They are pine, sturdy and beveled edge. Great for a desk surface.
Don’t try to lay it on too thick or too close to the surface. If you do either one it will run and give some drips. I did three coats to get it fully covered. There is still a few spots where I could have laid it on thicker, but a slight rough look fits this project.
|all ready for the screws|
Once the holes were done it was as simple as screwing in the screws. The 2×4’s were placed about 2 inches in on the bottom side of the boards. These 2×4’s did a few jobs, they connected the two boards together. They also allow the handles and the legs to be screwed into it.
There was a decision to be made with the legs. Did I want to put on a circular base versus a cap on the bottom of the legs. I could make the bottom to match the top portion that was screwed to the 2×4 or put a cap on. I decided to go with a cap. I thought it was a subtle feature. Change the visual up a little.
This is what the handle looked like without the twine. I liked how it seemed to soften up the industrial tray a little bit more with the twine. I now need more twine because I used almost all of my remaining twine. But it was well worth it.
|“Oh hello very none staged photo op. I always sit straight and proper when lounging
around. Full make up too. Totally”
This can also be used as a tray for kids to use. If one is working at the desk or the art table taking up the remaining space and they can pop this bad boy up on the bench to use. They loved it and were super eager to give it a try. And yes it is already broken in with a red mark from the lovely marker Gavin used for this photo op.
I can bring my little models along to display this. They are cute, kids can sell anything.