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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Re-Purposed Ottoman Tray

Last week, I traveled to Colorado to see my daughter and help prepare for her baby shower (for logistical reasons the hostesses had the shower in my daughter's home).


The night before the shower we were rearranging furniture and realized there were not enough surfaces for all the guests to put their drinks down. My daughter's sofa is a sectional, similar in configuration to this one, with a large ottoman instead of a coffee table.  

With twelve hours before guests would arrive, we did some brain-storming.  We needed a huge tray.  We felt that two smaller trays would feel too cluttered.  Twelve hours doesn't give you time to order something from Pottery Barn, so we headed out to the only stores open at that hour -- Hobby Lobby and Target.

HL had some great trays, but they were all either too small, or woven.  We worried that a glass would tip too easily on a woven tray.  Target had a few trays, but they were too small, too plastic, or too warped.  Then we saw this:


A bulletin board!  It was big, flat, and had clean lines that would work with my daughter's modern furniture.  We didn't want it to look like we just plunked a bulletin board onto her ottoman, so we also bought these:


It took about fifteen minutes and a drill to create this:


We simply marked where to drill holes to attach the handles, drilled the holes, then attached the handles.  That's it!  There was a white decal in one corner of the frame that we scrubbed lightly with a Brillo pad, then we touched up that area with a black Magic Marker.

Keeping the styling very simple worked well with my daughter's decor.  If I were to do this for my own home, I might have added some molding and distressed the tray a bit -- this project can be adapted to any style!  The tray got lots of attention at the party -- everyone loved it.  Even the son-in-law liked it!


This tray cost around twenty-three dollars to make, but if you used a thrifted bulletin board, you could cut the cost in half.


We liked the cork surface for its practicality and its beautiful texture, but of course you could cover it with burlap, fabric, or paper to make the project your own.

Hope you liked this quick, easy project!


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22 comments:

  1. Looks great! Love the impromptu projects! They are sometimes our best work.
    Erin
    alittlesomethingtoo.blogspot.com

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  2. Such creativity...You really thought outside the box!!!

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  3. Amanda, This is so awesome What a super great Idea!! Hugs Anne

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  4. Great idea! We don't have a coffee table in our TV room, but I can see that this would really work for us.

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  5. So clever! I would have never thought of adding handles, but it completely transformed the piece.

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  6. Love it! Did it absorb liquids ok? Or should I seal something like that?

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  7. JoAnn, we did not seal it. I am sure it will develop a patina over time just like cork lined restaurant trays do. Then, my daughter will have to decide if she likes the patina, or if she would prefer to cover it. I might have sealed it, had there been more time, and a place for the sealant to off-gas *away* from my expectant daughter....

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  8. Looks great - very creative!! Thanks for the idea :O)

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  9. Love it, and that lemonade is my fav color, stop over if ya get a chance, Bonnie

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  10. Amanda, this is brilliant. I did something like that years ago with a picture frame...worked beautifully in a more traditional setting than your daughter's.

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  11. This is such a great idea! Will have to add it to my ever growing list of projects!! :)

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  12. Genius idea! The best ideas come out of necessity, I think. Sharing this on my FB & Twitter pages, thanks for linking up!

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  13. What a genius idea! You could even paint the cork part or paint the frame to match your existing decor!

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  14. I have a large bulllitin board I am not using.I think I might have to try this out!

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  15. Gah, Amanda! You two were really thinking. I just adore this idea! You're right, it's perfect.

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  16. Hi, I love the creativity! Popping by from A crafty Soiree, now following you. Would love if you could pop by my pages too, Karima.
    www.karimascrafts.com
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    www.karimasblogs.blogspot.com

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  17. Another wonderful idea from RemodelWoman! So sad to have missed the shower, but you two made my whole spring by stopping by! It's amazing how time flies.

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  18. You're so creative! What a wonderful idea to use a cork board. I just love it!

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  19. Very cute idea!! It is perfect for drinks. :)

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