Design & DIY

This DIY distressed drink tray is perfect for cottage entertaining

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Want that rustic look without scavenging for barn board? Here’s how to distress your own lumber for a DIY drink tray that’s fun for the cottage.


1. Cut 1 x 3 inch pieces of pine to desired length

2. Distress using a chisel, hammer, screwdriver, chain, or anything else that leaves a dent.

3. Stain using a brush to fill holes and gaps, and wipe away excess with a cloth. 

4. Glue and screw end braces onto top using 1-1/4 inch screws. 

5. Drill small holes to install handles.

Serve your guests!