Repurposed Industrial Metal Serving Tray

Here is how I created an outdoor industrial drink tray from a garage sale find.

Repurposed Industrial Metal Serving Tray

I'm on a mission lately to make projects with all the cool things I've been collecting in my basement. 

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Today I'm turning this old metal drip pan I bought at a garage sale into an industrial serving tray we can use on the patio this summer.

Industrial tray with stencil

I cleaned up the tray with scouring powder in the basement slop sink then drilled 2 holes in each end of the metal tray and inserted thick rope for handles. 

DIY industrial tray with rope handles and a stencil

I used this fabulous Route 66 stencil from Old Sign Stencils by Funky Junk Interiors to give the tray a quick stenciled design on the bottom of the tray then lightly sanded the image

Tray filled with iced tea glasses and pitcher

Black and white table setting with tray and iced tea

This gorgeous industrial tray is perfect for the picnic table this summer and was an easy repurposed project that took less than 30 minutes.

The black and white theme I have going on my patio this year works great with the look of this industrial tray.

I love that I can leave this tray outside on the table and don't have to worry about it getting ruined. 

Iced tea pitcher in industrial tray

Iced tea in tray with glasses and overlay

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .