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DIY Farmhouse Tray

Create a cute wooden tray with farmhouse style vibes. This easy DIY project uses my favorite shade of color stain and some leftover hardware.

If you’re like me, then crafting is simply part of your being. That also means your hands often pay the price.

I feel like I’m constantly apologizing for the state of my hands… whether they show the remains of paint colors I used over the weekend or they are just dry and cracked from scrubbing off project paint or glue or whatever.

And manicures? Humph. Don’t even get me started. I just don’t think it makes sense to pay for nail glam when I know it will be destroyed during a project. Because there’s always a project… like this DIY Farmhouse Tray.

DIY Farmhouse Tray Project
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I try to use hand lotion when I can, but I hadn’t really given much thought to using it BEFORE I tackled a messy project. That’s whenWorkman’s Friend recommends you use their Barrier Skin Cream. You put it on your hands before you get to work.

So, I decided to give it a try during a recent DIY project. Keep reading to see how I transformed this plain old tray into chic farmhouse decor.

Keep your hands healthy and protect them from DIY projects with Workman's Friend Barrier Skin Cream

DIY Farmhouse Tray

I love decorating with trays and this project is SOOOOO EASY. Take simple wood to simply chic…

This chevron wooden tray from Walnut Hollow is one of my favorites to work with because it has the look of inlaid wood. Just a little note… Walnut Hollow is a great place to find all kinds of wood surfaces you can customize yourself.

I wanted to highlight this tray’s farmhouse vibe. And, I’ve been digging this gray-blue shade lately because it goes so well with all kinds of decor and color palettes.

But I’m also kinda tired of distressed paint finishes so I decided to use DecoArt color stain in Chambray. I love how the color stain gives a rustic, but finished look to the wood. If you don’t have any color stain, just dilute your favorite paint color with a little water. 

DIY Stain a Farmhouse Tray

Start by wiping the color stain all over your wood tray. Don’t be afraid to apply it heavily. You can control the depth of color by wiping it away and applying additional coats.

I prefer using a dry cloth with stain because it’s faster. But, you may need to use a brush to get into all the crevices. Be sure to wipe your stain in the direction of the wood grain for a cohesive look.

DIY Color Stain Tray Project

Once you have layered the stain on to your liking, allow it to dry. The great thing about this DecoArt color stain is that it dries rather quickly.

I had some leftover gold hardware from my recent bedroom makeover, so I added two of the handles on the top of this tray. Adding them to the top instead of the sides gives it a more modern look.

DIY Farmhouse Tray in Chambray Blue

Just because you love farmhouse style, doesn’t mean you can’t mix in some color here and there. All that white needs some contrast, you know?!

DIY Farmhouse Style - Green

Green and blue are two of my favorite color combos – especially when decorating with vintage globes!

DIY Color Stain Farmhouse Tray

And that color stain has just the right amount of rustic, without being too distressed. Would you agree?

Even more EASY DIY Projects!

Check out these fun, easy projects and see how simple it is to keep your hands soft and clean even when you are knee deep in stuff like…

DIRT an easy terra cotta pot makeover that makes all the difference

MARKERS a quick and fun farmhouse organization idea

LIQUID GUILDING see how to make plain seashells stunning

SPRAY PAINThow to make cheap plastic look perfectly precious

Keep hands healthy during DIY.

So, I definitely think you need to have a little Workman’s Friend Barrier Skin Cream in your craft tool box – especially if you are a frequent crafter and painter like me. Anything that makes clean up faster, without destroying my skin is a must-have. Unlike other products, it works like a protective glove in addition to softening and moisturizing.


Plus, they are offering my friends a BOGO (buy one get one free) opportunity! Snag one for yourself and one for a friend. These would make an awesome stocking stuffer too (it can protect your hands from all kinds of things in addition to stain – grease, dirt, chemicals, and other irritants). 

Click here to get some Workman’s Friend and ADD 2 to your cart, when you checkout use discount codeWFBUYONE and the price of the second tube will be discounted.

DIY doesn’t have to mean destroying your hands or skin. I know you know someone who could benefit from this skin cream… Happy crafting!

Kristy Robb


Easy DIY Farmhouse Tray - Blue and Green Color Palette


Create a cute wooden tray with farmhouse style vibes. This easy DIY project uses my favorite shade of color stain and some leftover hardware.

Reader Interactions


  1. 3

    I love that tray so much, the chevron wows me! I am seriously sold on the Workman’s Friend! And what a great deal with B1G1!

  2. 7

    The Tray is so adorable! I can’t agree more that I never have a manicure because of all these projects I do with my hands. Maybe, this will change my mind!

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