A pallet wood tray tutorial with two different looks,
my concern about millennials, and farmhouse style.
I hope you’ll jump in and share your thoughts about all this today.
My oldest son is a millennial. He and I were talking one day, and I mentioned Joanna Gaines.
He had a blank look on his face, like I was talking about Aunt Martha’s cousin’s sister, and he had no idea who that person was.
So I asked, “You do know who Joanna Gaines is, don’t you?”
… No, I’ve never heard of her.
You know, she’s on that show Fixer Upper with her husband?
… Nope, never heard of that either.
I was dumbstruck.
In his defense, we don’t have cable TV, so I could understand and tried not to feel like a total failure of a farmhouse style parent.
So, I asked his girlfriend, and told her not to Google before answering me.
At first she said she didn’t know either.
Then she Googled and said, “Oh yeah, I know her now. My friends and I watched Fixer Upper a few times.”
Clearly she wasn’t as enamored as I am, or she was too busy studying to graduate from college, so she didn’t have time to watch the show.
So, I asked my middle son… and his girlfriend… and my daughter…
NONE of them had heard of her.
I was dumbfounded.
Seriously, does anyone in the millennial generation like farmhouse style?
Will baby boomers and the Gen X crowd be the last to appreciate this style I thought was so timeless?
Fortunately, I don’t think so.
My niece is a millennial also and is getting married in May.
She asked if my husband and I would make her some pallet wood trays that she can use for her food tables.
I was overjoyed, because these trays are definitely farmhouse style!
We’re making four of them for her. Two of them are fairly large and two are a bit smaller. I’ll show you the tutorial to make them, along with two different looks for them that are both beautiful.
How to Make a Rustic Pallet Wood Tray
- Take the pallet apart
Remove the top and bottom deck boards first.
You can either pry them off, or cut through the nails, which is our preferred method since we like the leaving the nail heads in the wood.
- Cut stringer board in half between notched sections.
The three boards lying between the stringer sections in the photo below will be the bottom of the tray.
The two boards lying in front will be the front and back edges of the tray.
The two stringer sections on the sides will be the side edges of the tray that a handle will be added to.
- Attach pieces together as shown below.
- Stain or paint the wood.
- Attach handles on sides.
I found some pretty handles with a distressed look that are perfect.
This pallet wood tray is about three feet long and not quite two feet wide.
It’s large enough to hold plenty of food, but not so big it couldn’t be used on a coffee table after the wedding.
I wanted to show it with desert on it, so I had to buy a cheesecake assortment to put on it.
I HAD to. 🙂
I bought the yellow tulips, but these gorgeous daffodils came from my yard.
For the second look, you can do a dry-brushed coat of paint over the whole tray.
It really highlights the wood grain, and uses less paint than doing a full coat of paint.
My niece wants the white versions for her wedding reception, and I can’t wait to see how they look as serving trays filled with food.
I’m just overjoyed at least one millennial I know likes farmhouse style … or at least pallet wood trays that are farmhouse style!
I’d love to hear which tray version you like the best – the stained version or the white version?
And I’d appreciate it if you’d pin it! 🙂
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