As a member of Lowe’s Creative Ideas Network I received gift cards from Lowe’s in order to purchase supplies to complete projects. All opinions are my own.
In this house, almost no one leaves their laptop at the desk. We may decide we want to be in the same room with the family, or that we want to sit somewhere more comfortable, or that when Carlos is watching “Chavito del 8” on TV, it’s really freaking distracting and we need to move elsewhere, (and by “we” I mean “me.”)
The problem is that when you move your laptop around constantly, accidents can happen, and you’re much better off keeping it on a work tray which makes it easier to transport. Carlos gave me the idea to use a scrap of wood we had and just buy handles for it, but I realized it was the perfect project to show off the new 2014 Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. And to go with the trendy color, I chose something else trendy to decorate the tray – a fox! Foxes have been super popular in everything from fashion to home décor to music this past year, and I think that trend will continue, (although, if anyone is taking nominations for 2014 animal of the year, I nominate chuchos aguacateros.)
Do-it-Yourself Laptop Work Tray
A piece of wood, about 10 inches wide, 22 inches long, and 3/4-inch thick
Paint: Pantone 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid (sample size is sufficient for this project)
Paint: Black (you can use any craft paint you may already have on hand)
paint brushes (1 medium household, 1 smaller craft brush)
screw driver, drill (I used my Rockwell 3RILL)
2 cabinet pulls with screws (I used Gatehouse 3-inch Matte Black Bar Cabinet Pulls)
FrogTape (painter’s tape)
printer, printer ink and card stock
a pack of 1-inch felt pads
scissors or X-Acto knife
1. Spread out newspaper to protect your surface from the paint. Paint the top and edges of the piece of wood using the Pantone 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid. When completely dry, flip over and paint the other side.
2. While the paint dries, you’re going to print your stencil. Decide which design you’d like on your tray. If you like the fox, you can download the stencil I created from free clipart by clicking the image below and downloading. Print in landscape format on card stock. It’s important to use card stock and not regular copy paper since you’ll be using this as a stencil and it needs to be sturdy.
3. Cut the shape of the fox out from the middle of the card stock then use the frog tape to tape the stencil to the middle of the board.
4. “Pounce” (dab) the black paint onto the wood with a craft paint brush or foam brush especially for stenciling, being careful at the edges of the stencil. (No peeking!) Allow to dry completely before removing the tape and stencil.
5. Use the measuring tape to measure the wood and center the handles where you’d like them on each end of the tray on the top side. Use a pencil to outline where you’ll drill the holes.
6. Drill the holes and then attach the handles with the screws that came with them.
7. On the back side of the tray will be the four screw heads – these will scratch up surfaces so on each one, place a self-adhering felt pad.
8. Your tray is finished!
Want more creative ideas?
Check out more from Lowe’s Creative Ideas Network by subscribing to their Creative Ideas Magazine and E-Newsletter, following them on Pinterest, and by seeing what the other Lowe’s Creative Ideas Network members are up to.