DIY Coffee-Stained Serving Tray


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Something I’m happy about this fall season is that my mom is here! Since she lives in the tropical climate of the Philippines, my mom is excited to experience the much cooler weather here while spending time with her grandchildren and me. I think one of the reasons she is excited for this season is because she’ll be able to wear scarves and boots! To welcome my mom, I prepared breakfast for her with her favorite morning drink: Coffee! I brought the meal to her with a do-it-yourself serving tray I made. It has a rustic style  achieved by using coffee as a stain for the wood. The tray is not only for serving, however;  it can also be used as a table centerpiece, home accent, makeup tray, and in many other ways! To make this tray you will need the following materials:

  • Wooden Disc (I got mine at a hardware store)
  • Chalked White Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Wax
  • 2 Door Handles and Screws
  • Screw Driver
  • Twine
  • Glue Gun and Stick
  • Scissors
  • Coffee
  • Hot Water and Small Bowl
  • Small Rug

To start this project, begin wrapping the handles with the twine. Use the glue gun to glue the first few inches of twine to the handle .


Only use the glue gun to glue the twine at the beginning and end of the handles.  As long as you wrap the twine really tightly around the handles, the middle should hold firmly on its own.


The finished look for the handles. The twine and gold color are a great match together!


To make the coffee stain, mix a little bit of hot water with a large amount of coffee grounds. Try to gauge the amount of water and coffee you’re mixing, with how much stain you think you’ll need.The darker the stain, the better. I used a small piece of fabric to drain the coffee so the stain is  free from coffee grounds. You can also use a coffee filter.


Use a paintbrush to apply the coffee stain all over the wood. If you’d like to apply another coat, be sure to wait for the first coat to dry.


After the coat of coffee stain is dry, paint over the stain with the white paint. The coffee stain will actually mix with the white paint, giving it a beige look. I really like the effect of the two colors mixing. This gives the tray an earthy, rustic style. Tip: Follow the natural grain of the wood with your brush when applying the white paint.


Let the paint dry for at least 2 hours. Then use sandpaper or steel wool to distressed the paint. Make sure to distressed the paint in the same direction as the paintbrush strokes.


Next, wipe the wood with a clean cloth to remove paint dust from the sanding.


Use a screwdriver and screws to attach handles onto the wood.  Place the handles on opposite sides, at least ½ inch away from the edges, in a position that will be comfortable to hold. I had some leftover coffee stain, so I decided to apply the coffee stain on top of the distressed paint. Just make sure that the brush is wiped off clean and not too wet. You only need a tint of the stain for the effect.


Don’t forget to apply the coffee stain around the edges for more of a rustic look.


To finish up the serving tray, apply a coat of wax all over the wooden tray. Finally, wait for 15 minutes before buffing it with a clean cloth.


And now, here’s my mom enjoying the fall season with her breakfast while sipping on Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® Coffee with Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Creamer (available in Kroger grocery stores). Not only does the coffee taste great, it also gives her a an energy boost to keep up with her grandchildren. Just imagine having two energetic, toddler grandsons. 😉


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Be sure check out other fall-themed recipes and tutorials from the Dunkin Donuts® Bakery Series® And Creamer  here

Enjoy the fall season and the cool weather!


3 Responses to “DIY Coffee-Stained Serving Tray”

  1. What a cute idea! I love the little handles! I’ll def have to give this project a try!

  2. Carolyn West says:

    Another great use for coffee… if I don’t drink it all. Love anything that looks rustic and distressed. Tray came out beautiful. #client

  3. Such a cute idea. Love the tray and the coffee. Nice for you and your boys to have your mom there.

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