Howdy! I am happy to share my DIY tray stand, made for an old tool box today. I shared this back in August at My Repurposed Life.
I obviously have a thing for cool old metal boxes, as you can see in my first Metal box Makeover. So when I saw this one at the Restore for only $3 it had to come home with me, plus it was orange, I have a few orange lovers in my home.
Here it is with lovely sticker and all. I thought it would be fun to make some kind of stand for it so it would be useful, you know up off the floor, and cute too. As luck would have it, my friend said her dad was getting rid of some scrap plywood I hurried over and came home with a good stash along with some 1x2's, so I set to work with my new free wood. :)
Master Closet Makeover to use for supports between the trays.
Kreg jig K4 into each end. Then I started attaching them to the bottom tray with my pocket hole screws. For the first one I used my right angle clamp, but found I didn't need it for the rest... probably because I was drilling down the boards were secured against the sides, normally I use it because it really helps to hold my boards tight so they don't separate when I screw them together.
I turned an end table into a desk I love them because you have the option to screw the legs in straight or at an angle. I used the angle.
I also filled in the nail and pocket holes with spackle. After sanding it was ready for paint and stain.
I used wood conditioner and Rust-oleum Kona (surprise, surprise) on the trays and legs. After I stained the tray bottoms I noticed that I hadn't sanded off all the glue that was on the plywood so I had some splotches, I will have to see how to fix that... I was happy with the legs though.
I taped off the tray bottoms and painted the rest with my left over can of Heirloom white I had used on my Entry Table made from Reclaimed Lumber.
I decided to cover up the glue splotches with stripes!
After some poly, I attached the legs and my tray stand was done. I was loving it!
I put in the old tool box, now nice and clean. It is a great burst of color when you walk in my front door....happiness :)
Not a trace of sticker left on the top.
I haven't quite decided what to put inside yet...
I am sure I will figure out something!
And if I decide I don't want to use the tool box? It is a very cute tray stand on it's own! If you want to check out my DIY Tapered tray you see on the top you can here.
Of course a shot of those great legs, they look SO much better.
Amazing what a metal box can inspire isn't it!
So, do you have any tool boxes laying around? They just might need some TLC to make a great statement in your home!
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