DIY Ticking Stripe Wooden Server Tray

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Ok…I am soooo excited to share this diy project with ya’ll! I am just thrilled with how it turned out and it is just perfect for my kitchen island. My little DIY Ticking Stripe Wooden Server Tray is just exactly what I was imagining  as an accent for my kitchen…

DIY Ticking Stripe Wooden Server Tray featuring Americana Decor Chalky Finish. #chalkyfinish #decoart #thehomedepot #americanandecor

Isn’t it cute! Yes, I do think a diy project can be cute. It just makes me smile when I walk in my kitchen. It is such a great way to keep things neat and tidy in the center of the island, while we work all around it. My kids do homework here on one side, while I prepare dinner on the other.


I had the awesome opportunity to try out the new Americana Decor Chalky Finish line of products by DecoArt that are currently available online at the Home Depot. This line of paint and paint products is really amazing. There are so many color choices, but I chose Chalky Finish in Lace for this project.

Let me show you how to make your own DIY Ticking Stripe Wooden Server Tray….



Supplies Needed:

1. A 2 foot piece of 12 inch wide wood. { I used stain grade pine }
2. 4 furniture feet { these are bun feet with the screws already attached }
3. Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in Lace
4. Foam paint brush
5. Painter’s tape
6. Pre-Stain conditioner { I used Minwax }
7. Stain color of choice { I used Dark Walnut }
8. 2 furniture pulls of choice { I used 2 antique brass ones }
9. Americana Decor Ultra-Matte Varnish
10. Pencil and Ruler
11. Drill and screwdriver

Step One:


Apply the pre-stain conditioner and stain by following the directions on the product. Once the board and furniture feet are dry, you will determine where you would like the feet to go. I used a ruler and decided that 1 1/2 inches in would be a great placement. I traced the bun foot and then measured 1 1/2 inches in, on both sides of the corner and marked the measurement lightly with a pencil on both corner sides.

Step Two:


Using the ruler, I simply drew a line from each of the marks I had made previously. Where they crossed, was the center. So it makes a little “plus” sign as above. I then drilled a starter hole for the feet. HINT: Be sure to note the thickness of your wood and the length of your drill bit so that you do not drill all the way through the board. 

Step Three:


Once you have drilled all 4 holes, attach the bun feet by screwing them into the board. Make sure they are snug, but not over tightened.

Step Four:


Now, grab that painter’s tape to create your ticking stripes. First I marked the center of the board on each end, as a starting pint. The thickness of the stripes is totally your choice. I created some DIY Burlap Painted Ticking Stripe Utensil Holders in the fall using the same concept of taping off these lines.  The largest stripe is 2 1/2 wide. The smaller stripes are both  1/2 of an inch wide with a 3/4 inch stripe inbetween of stain. HINT: Measure carefully at both ends and along the way down the tape to keep it even and straight all the way from one end of the board to the other. 

Step Five:


Now you get to have some fun! This Chalky Finish is fantastic. I applied it with a foam brush and followed the directions on the product container. I used 2 coats. It cover so well and has such a great look.


Here is the paint drying. Exciting..right?


And here are my ticking stripes once the Chalky Finish was dry and I gently removed the painter’s tape. GORGEOUS!!!  See how I continued the stripes around the edge of the board on both ends? I think that it really gives this a finished look.

Step Six:


Ok ok… I know what you are saying….. “What happened to that creme wax that was in the supply photo?” Yea….a girl can change her mind, right? I had the intention of using the creme wax, but then I decided since I was going to be using this in my kitchen and the chance of spills was there….well…. I would use this incredible Ultra-Matte Varnish instead. This gives the server protection, but does not change the look of it at all. It was a perfect look for it!

Step Seven:


Once the varnish was completely dry, I completed the final step. I marked the holes in the furniture pulls on the tray with a pencil. I used the drill to start the holes and then placed the screws in each spot. There are so many types of handles you can choose! I love the simplicity of these, and they were actually in the screen door/utility section of the hardware section rather than in with the fancy cabinet pulls.


The Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint will be available in store at the Home Depot starting in April, but you can order it online now. The color choices are amazing and the possibilities for use are endless. I see a lot of home decor and craft projects using Chalky Finish in my future.

DIY Ticking Stripe Wooden Server Tray featuring Americana Decor Chalky Finish. #chalkyfinish #decoart #thehomedepot #americanandecor

We are already getting great use out of this little tray. The handles were a great touch to make it both portable, and easy to move around. The Lace Chalky Finish color matches my cabinets perfectly! I could not be more pleased with this project.

So tell me, what are you going to use the Chalky Finish on? 


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Trish Flake

Hey y'all! I am Trish and the creative voice behind Uncommon Designs. I adore party planning, holiday celebrations, and all things crafty! I am so excited to share my creative adventures with you!

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  1. Deanna French says

    I am soooooo going to make a bunch of these for my catering company. They will be excellent to display everything from sandwiches to veg and dip to brownies! Cheese and crackers…you name it!

  2. says

    I just saw this on Pinterest… because I’m browsing Pinterest to delay the inevitable fact that I need to get up and fold a load of laundry and feed the children and the husband dinner… and I love this tray! This is plum, dadgum clever and adorable. I want to stand up and clap loudly and shout out, “Well played! Well! Played!”

  3. says

    You can never go wrong with grain sack.

    I need to try the Chalky finish pants — do you know how much they sell for?

    And I LOVE that you included a photo of paint drying. You are too funny!

  4. says

    I love your wooden serving tray it turned out really nice! I love chalk paint but I haven’t tried the Americana Decor chalk paint before. I have used chalk paint on wood and on glass jars. I have even done a couple pieces of furniture with chalk paint. Thanks for sharing your tutorial, you make it look so easy.


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