DIY Nautical Tray

Hello City Farmhouse friends!

It’s Emily again from The Wicker House.

I always love stopping by and sharing my latest projects with you.

Today’s project is a tray I updated with a nautical-beachy look.

I’ve had this old crate for a while now, but it’s just been sitting in my garage because I’ve never known what to use it for or where to put it.  When I was cleaning out the garage the other day I re-discovered it and realized that if I just removed the lid then it could make an awesome over-sized tray.

 I removed the lid by taking out the staples that were holding it together and then I painted it.  First, I painted all of the sides of the tray white. Then, I came up with the idea to paint the slats on the inside of the tray different shades of blue and green.


 All of the paints were leftovers from other various projects I’ve done, which means that this tray will fit in nicely with the rest of my home’s decor.

If you are interested, here are the colors that I used: (from left to right) Valspar/Night Scape, True Value/Reward, Sherwin Williams/Wythe Blue, Valspar/Night Sky, and Valspar/Mt.Rainier Gray.

The mix of blues and greens gives this tray a beachy look.

 I found a perfect place to put my new tray: on top of a wicker basket in my living room.

 I then had fun accessorizing the tray; I just grabbed objects from around the house.

 Starting with a stack of books, a large seashell, and a strand of wooden beads.

I cut off some tiger’s grass from outside and placed it in a bottle.

And lastly, I added a glass float.

 I kept the look simple so as to not cover up all of the painted slats.

 One of my favorite parts about the tray are the rope handles. They really add to the beachy look of it.

 This tray will come in handy now that it’s next to the chair; it’s the perfect place to set down a drink.

 It’s a great addition to our living room, don’t you think?

 I’m not quit sure where I picked up the old crate in the first place, but if you would like one like mine, I’d suggest creating this look with a similar crate. And if you are handy, it seems like the crate itself would be pretty simple to make.

Have a Wonderful Day!




Thank you Emily for sharing this fun summer project! I cant wait to share my Lowe’s Spring Makeover with you this week or early next week so stay tuned, you will be blown away by the transformation!

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  1. Love your tray, first thing I thought looking at it was how easy would be to make since finding crate like that around here isn’t easy. Will see if we don’t have wood to make or hubs can cut from pallet.
    Colors you used are perfect for tray, very similar to what we have in our living room/kitchen which are right next to each other. Your tray looks awesome, rough/rustic, styled with perfect items. I too love the rope handles. Where do you find those floats? Since we live inland in desert area (west of Grand Junction, CO) not too easy to find. Happy week and days Enjoy your summer, ours is being very unusual, hope yours much better.

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