Our friends Lauren and Chris are getting married on New Year’s Day! We are so happy for them and wanted to make something from Our Crafty Home that they could use in their new home…a serving tray made out of white marble and cabinet door pulls!
As is typical of many of our weekends, we were at Home Depot and found ourselves in the tile department, and then Alberto saw white marble tiles. He picked up one of the tiles, and said, “think serving tray…” Well how could I disagree? This was perfect for the newlyweds!
Here’s what we used to make the serving tray:
- One white marble tile
- Two brushed nickel cabinet pulls
- 4 3/4-inch screws (The screws that come with the pulls are for cabinets so they may be too long. Measure the height of the tile, and add about 1/2-inch to it to find the right size for this project)
- 4 medium size vinyl bumpers (or cabinet door stops)
This is what we used to put it together:
- Electric drill
- Carbide drill bit
- Hot glue gun
Let’s make a Cheese Tray!
- Measure the size of the tile (ours was a 12×12) and divide it in half which is 6-inches for our tray.
- Mark this halfway point with a pencil on two opposite sides (Just remember that white marble stains easily, so don’t use a permanent marker) and then measure 1/2-inch from the edge. This will be the point from where you’ll center the pulls. (Make sure your measurements are accurate because marble is unforgiving!)
- Remember, DON’T get so hung up in the math for centering the handles. Just make sure that the holes are the right distance apart for the handles. Everything else will fall into place!
- Now using the carbide bit, start drilling from the top side of the tile to reduce chipping . Be sure that you use a bit that matches the diameter of the screw! However, using a slightly larger circumference wouldn’t hurt. The handle will cover it.
- As your beginning to break through the tile (the sound of the drilling will change and become higher pitched), stop and turn the tile over.
- At this point, create a counterbore hole. I do this to minimize the amount of chipping on the bottom of the tile.
- To create the counterbore hole, place the drill bit in the small hole on the bottom of the tile, and begin drilling a small amount. You don’t have to break through. The goal is to reduce chipping. So I usually just drill enough to create a small indention and turn the tile back over.
- Turn the tile back over, and place the bit into the original hole until you finish drilling the hole.
- Do this for all four holes.
It’s time for a break and since we are doing this project during the first blizzard of the 2010/2011 season, Alberto wanted something a bit tropical to warm up the bleak weather outside. He came up with a Sangria using Pisco and Spanish Cava…and he’s calling it, Sol Blanco (white sun)! I really hope that the final product, in fact, makes me warmer…it’s frightful outside! Click here for the recipe.
Let’s finish the cheese tray!
- Take the tile and turn it upside down.
- Using a glue gun, place a small amount of glue on the backside of one of the door stops, and put it in a corner of the underside of the tile. I used a glue gun because I just wanted to make sure that it stayed in place.
- Repeat for all four corners.
- Attach the nickle handles with the screws. (Remember, you may not be able to use the screws that come with the handles because they are typically long. They were meant for cabinet doors.)
Now you have a beautiful marble cheese tray. If you don’t like marble, try any tile. This is a versitale cheap alternative to any product on the market. Now, I think it’s time for a Sol Blanco!