Perfect fit! You can see I added a picture of the price tag, proof of my score.
Of course I wasn’t a fan of the ugly sticker on the top, but I knew I could take care of that. I used equal parts (maybe…I didn’t actually measure) of baking soda and vegetable oil and mixed them up. First, I spread it over the entire sticker and let it sit for at least 10 minutes, for me it was more like 30 because I got busy and forgot. Then I scrubbed in a circular motion with a metal scraper and removed the top layer. There was a thin layer left, so I spread more stuff on and let it sit for 10 min again. After scrubbing this time it all came off! I cleaned the whole box with a soapy rag, wiped it with a clean rag, and dried it.
While the sticker on the box was “soaking” I went out to the shed to make another tray the exact same size. I also grabbed some scrap 1×2’s from my Master Closet Makeover to use for supports between the trays, thus making it a DIY tray stand.
I cut them to 13 inches each and drilled pocket holes with a Kreg Jig into each end. Then I started attaching them to the bottom tray. For the first one I used my right angle clamp, but found I didn’t need it for the rest.
Need more details on using a Kreg Jig? See my article How to use a Kreg Jig Pocket Hole System
They went in really easily. Now to attach the top tray…
I set it upside down and attached the supports to the bottom. All it needed now were some great legs, and boy do I have some nice legs… ha ha! No, not mine 🙂
These babies were a $1 at the Restore, for all four. I got them a few years ago before the new manager took over and raised the prices…man I miss the good old days. Anyway, they don’t look like much because they are covered with a thick ugly brown, something… Easily taken care of with a sander.
I sanded the legs first with 60 grit and then finished with 100 to make them nice and smooth, who would cover up that pretty wood?! Here you can see I am trying out how I want to attach them to the bottom tray. I had the leg mounting plates from when I turned an end table into a desk. They’re awesome because you have the option to screw the legs in straight or at an angle. I used the angle because it is more fun.
I also filled in the nail and pocket holes with spackle. After sanding it was ready for paint and stain.