We’ve had insane amounts of rain here in Charlotte, NC during the last couple months. It’s been unseasonably warm for Nov/Dec (70’s!), but too rainy to take advantage of the nice temperatures. But rainy days make for excellent project days! And what could be more appropriate this time of year than boot trays!
In our old house, Susan would put rocks in the bottom of the sink in our guest bath. She was trying to achieve the “earthy” feel and make the sink more like a creek or stream. In our current house, we decided to take it a step further, and actually have a sink that resembles the natural erosion of a stream bed.
Pretty cool, eh? Shout out to Reaching Quiet for their amazing concrete artistry.
So, the purpose of that story (other than to show off our cool sink) is that the “rock theme” gave me the idea for these boot trays. I searched all over for trays that had the dimensions necessary for our Mudroom (and were deep enough to hold some rocks). And, you know where this story is going… I couldn’t find what I wanted, so I decided to make it myself!
Materials List for 1 Tray
- 1/4″ x 2′ x 4′ Birch Plywood (you won’t need all of this sheet, so buy less if available)
- 1 – 1″ x 2″ x 8′ Pine
- 1.25″ Brad Nails
- Wood Glue
- Grey Stain
- Wipe-On Poly
- Silicone Caulk
The exterior dimensions of these trays are 24.75″L x 16.5″W x 1.5″H, but you can adjust as needed for your space (or your boot sizes). Keep in mind that if anyone in your household has large feet, you might want to measure the length of their boots and make sure they’ll fit inside the trays. Note: The interior dimensions of the trays will be 1.5″ less than the exterior (cut) dimensions.
First, cut the Pine board to length. I made (2) 16.5″ cuts and (2) 24.75″ cuts. I used the miter saw to make 45 degree angle cuts.
Next, I used the table saw to cut dados on the bottom of each board. My dados are each 1/4″ wide. This is where the bottom of tray will fit. Here’s a visual:
Now, measure the area where the bottom of your tray will sit. Mine was 15.75″ x 24″. Using a table saw, cut the Birch board to fit.
Finally, using wood glue and a Brad nailer, assemble your boot tray. Fill any nail holes with wood putty and sand everything down smooth.
Wipe on some stain using a rag or old t-shirt (I used Weathered Grey by Sherwin Williams). One coat should be enough. Let that dry, and then apply some wipe-on poly. I usually apply a first coat of poly, let it dry, lightly sand with 400 grit sandpaper, and then apply a second coat of poly.
To seal the tray from all those wet, dripping boots, use some silicone caulk on the inner edges and corners.
Fill with rocks or pebbles and you’re done!
psst… we sell these boot trays on our Etsy site if buying sounds better than DIY’ing!