One day I was scrolling through HomeTalk’s website looking for some inspiration. Well there it was. A simple unadorned rusty old baking tray on four wooden ball feet. Nothing fancy, not much to look at. But I could not take my eyes off it. I saved it knowing I would want to look at it a million more times.
I knew I would end up making one! I found the wooden ball feet the very next day at a thrift store so I knew it was my destiny to make one of these.
Well that was about 7 months ago. Pffft! I could not find a beat up old baking pan for the life of me. I searched high and low with no luck at all. I decided I was just going to use one of my own baking trays and be done with it, but I also knew it wasn’t going to have that rustic charm I was hoping for. I went to the thrift store the day after making my mind up on using my own pan. I wanted to give this inspiration piece one more chance before I started to drill holes in my own cookware… and there it was. A pan sent from the junkyard heaven. It wasn’t that old and looked nothing like the photo of the original one but I knew this is exactly the pan I was waiting for all these long months.
I could not wait till I got home. I was so excited I did not take any photos. I flew downstairs to grab the wooden ball feet and just started drilling and screwing and 15 minutes later it was done. I was in such a hurry I did not think on where I was placing the screws. They could have been centered a bit better. Originally I would have given it one screw per foot but there was a big hole down the center of the feet so I had to go with two screws one on either side of the hole.
Seriously I didn’t even take photos of this till now and I have been using it for 2 months already.
It can be used as a tray to carry out your napkins, condiments and silverware out to the backyard BBQ. I simply use it for all my spices that I use most often. It sets out on the bakers rack and when I need my spices I just pick up the whole tray and bring it to the counter top where I am working.
This project cost me $8.00 to make and is one of the handiest things ever! My lesson on making this was to be patient. That one item that seems like you will never find does show up sooner or later.