Little by little, I have been trying to organize everything around my house. I recently built a wall storage solution for my nail polishes (you can see that project here) and an organizer for my daughter’s head bands and hair ties (you can see that project here). This past weekend I decided to tackle all of my husband’s coffee and supplies that are strewn across the kitchen counter (well, more like clumped on the kitchen counter, but either way, drives me crazy! 🙂 ). I wanted to make something that both looks nice and organizes the coffee beans, ground coffee, coffee grinder, and filters so they are not just haphazardly sitting on the kitchen counter. So, I decided to build a DIY coffee organizer and personalized serving tray. Here is the before:
So, to fix this disorganization, off to the shop I went! Here is what I came up with:
What is great, is the bottom portion of the organizer is a personalized serving tray!
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|1||1×12 @ 4 ft|
|1||1×4 @ 6 ft|
|1||1×6 @ 4 ft|
|4||1×8 @ 4 ft|
Tools and Supplies:
|Miter Saw||Brad Nailer/Finish Nailer||Woodburning Tool||Woodburning Letter Stamps|
|Drill/Driver||Wood Stain||Wood Glue||Cabinet hardware handles (2)|
|Gloss Polycrylic Spray||Chalkboard Labels||Chalkboard paint pen|
|1||1×12 @ 16″|
|2||1×4 @ 17 1/4″|
|2||1×4 @ 11 1/4″|
|2||1×6 @ 11 1/4″|
|2||1×8 @ 5 1/2″ x 7″|
Coffee Organizer & Personalized Serving Tray Instructions:
First, cut the boards to create the serving tray. Cut a 1×12 board to 16″ in length. Cut two 1×4 boards to 17 1/4″ in length and cut two 1×4 boards to 11 1/4″ in length.
Using wood glue and brad nailer with 1 1/2″ finish nails, attach the 17 1/4″ 1×4 boards to the long sides of the 1×12, and the two 11 1/4″ 1×4 boards to the short ends:
Next, build the shelf that will sit inside the serving tray. Cut two 1×6 boards to 11 1/4″ in length each. Then, cut two 1×8 boards down to 7″ in length by 5 1/2″ wide each.
Using wood glue and finish nails, attach the two 5 1/2″x7″ boards to the two 1×6 boards. The bottom of the bottom shelf should be 3 3/4″ from the bottom of the 1×6 boards, and the top of the top shelf should be 2″ from the top of the 1×6 boards.
Next, sand the serving tray and shelving. Once both have been sanded, I decided to add a design inside the bottom of the serving tray. I received a woodburning tool last year and have been looking for a project to use it on and this one was the winner! So I decided to use the woodburning tool and letter attachments to burn my last name into the bottom of the serving tray. I marked the center off the tray with a pencil, and then placed a straight wood board in the tray to help to ensure that I burn the letters in a straight line:
Next, I stained the serving tray and the shelving with Minwax Dark Walnut stain. Once dried, I coated the tray and the shelving with three coats of glossy polyacrylic spray.
I had purchased two drawer handles at Home Depot that had a nice rustic look to them:
I measured out where the handles were to go and marked the locations on each end of the serving tray. I predrilled the holes and then inserted the screws and attached the handles:
Next, I added label holders to the front of the two shelves on the shelving unit.
I then printed off some wording in a font I liked. I printed off the words “Coffee” and “Beans” in a large font (these will be used to trace the wording onto the chalkboard labels). I also printed off the words to fill in the label holders on the shelving in a small font.
I placed the large words over the chalkboard labels and traced them onto the labels, and then using a chalkbboard paint pen, I copied over the lettering traced onto the labels.
I attached the label with the word “Coffee” onto the front of the serving tray and then I placed the label with the word “Beans” onto the container of coffee beans. I placed the smaller printed letters into the label holders on the shelves (I cut out the paper with the words to fit the label holders).
Here is the completed personalized serving tray:
And here are some pics of the completed serving tray and shelf with all the coffee supplies:
What’s great is that if I need a serving tray, I just lift out the shelving unit and I have a beautiful personalized serving tray! This was a super easy project to build and makes a beautiful, personalized gift that cost under $25 in wood to build. How great is that!