I’ve been really busy this week putting the finishing touches on the kitchen, working on the attached back entryway and cleaning up the house. My plan is all coming together….finally! Plus, for the first time in 3 months my dining room isn’t dust covered workshop. HUGE progress!
One unexpected bonus from the kitchen project was the piece of scrap butcher block that came out of the sink cut out. Somehow I hadn’t thought about it until my step father was handing me this lovely big chunk of wood in his workshop after he made the cut.
I wanted to make it into a serving board/centerpiece for my dining room table, so I decided to put handles and feet on it.
My original idea was to get some funky drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby, but then I realized that I would have to drill the holes all the way from the bottom up AND keep them perfectly straight – and I figured the odds of that happening were SLIM to NONE, which is a town nearby Not a Chance in Hell.
I settled on some big chunky industrial pulls that I could mount from the top:
I wanted a more natural look than the counters in the kitchen have, so I skipped the Waterlox and just treated it with a few coats of mineral oil. I spray painted the pulls and the feet with oil rubbed bronze spray paint and attached everything:
I thought it looked a little plain, so I added some jute to the handles:
It came out great!
This will make a terrific base for seasonal centerpieces – I could pile it with pumpkins and gourds in the fall and pine boughs and pine cones for the holidays. Maybe just a mass of ivory pillar candles in different heights? I can picture a lot of different scenarios.
But this one is my favorite:
Because I didn’t treat the wood with anything funky, I can pile it up with deliciousness for cocktail parties.
Since I had a good amount of real estate to work with, I topped the tray with two serving pieces made out of flattened wine bottles (a gift from my sweet friend Joanna) to add some interest.
I was debating about adding the bun feet or not, but I’m really glad I did – raising it up gives it a little more presence.
BTW – If you’re having friends over for drinks, this is a fantastic set up and it takes no time at all to assemble. This is what I included on mine: 3 kinds of cheese, grapes, almonds, roasted red pepper hummus, crostini, asiago stuffed peppers, prosciutto, peppered salami, gorgonzola stuffed olives and assorted crackers:
Insta-Party! You’ll be the Hostess with the Most-est and you won’t even have to turn on the oven or break a sweat.
(WOW, we got a little side tracked there, didn’t we? Maybe I need to start planning my next cocktail party…)
Anyone else suddenly hungry? 😀