I found an amazing place in Irvington, NJ. It’s called Real Antique Wood and it is AMAZING. You can check out their website here. My husband works nearby so I initially sent him on a reconnaissance mission. It’s important to mention that my husband is NOT a design guy, he’s an Engineer. But he called me from the warehouse and said I should come over right away. It was a great call.
Before I even arrived, Douglas had bought 3 pieces of wood, 2 trunk slices and one antique plank. My wheels began turning immediately. I had recently seen a picture of a two tired serving piece similar to one I had, but with they trays replaced with distressed wood. That would be the perfect use for the plank.
I had also been toying with the idea of making a huge serving tray. I was inspired by one I saw at my friend Christy’s home. It was large and had a rectangle of chalkboard paint down the center, perfect for marking cheeses on a cheeseboard. It was both a serving piece and a centerpiece and I loved it. These two trunk slices could be gorgeous trays, but I would have to save the chalkboard idea-these slices were too beautiful to cover.
My next hurdle was finding a way to seal the vintage wood without changing the color too much. It’s this gorgeous pale gray & I knew that almost anything would darken in and warm the color. The good people at the Home Depot paint the department helped me. I was told that polyurethane has a yellow tint, but polycrylic is clear, so even if it darkens the wood somewhat, it would not yellow it.
Next, I needed some really great handles. Since the pieces were wood slices, I opted for handles that look like twigs. I found them at pulls direct.com. They even had a coupon code for 40% off this particular brand, (which is EMTEK)! I purchased 4! If you like these pulls, you may purchase them on this site.
Here are a few shots of the final products, which I am in LOVE with, seriously. A very special shout out to my husband for replacing the screws for the handles so they would be sunk and keep the trays level. You rock, Babe!