I found some pretty new serving pieces at Target yesterday and was so excited to see how they would look along with our wood and stainless serving tray that I plan to use over the holidays. The tray belonged to Keith’s Grandparents and I have used it a few times, but it could use a little refreshing to make it shine again.
I had just finished washing it before taking this picture. It’s such a pretty tray but it is showing some age and the wood surface would look much better if it had a clear finish.
I have cleaned the stainless piece several times but as you can see it has some residue left on the surface.
I knew the two perfect products that would give new life to this old tray in no time, and have it ready for serving over the holidays! I’m no stranger to Rust-Oleum’s WATCO Butcher Block Oil, as I keep it handy for my antique butcher block…and some of you may remember my DIY wood slice serving board from last Christmas. It’s a food safe oil and finish, and the kind I always recommend if you are going to use any wood surface for preparing and serving food.
The product I used for refreshing the stainless piece was the Krud Kutter kitchen degreaser– also from the Rust-Oleum company. It did a fabulous job on my kitchen cabinets when I cleaned them recently and I thought it would be perfect to clean the residue from the stainless.
The stainless cleaned up nicely with the kitchen degreaser. You can see where the dirt and residue are running right off just after spraying it with the cleaner. I couldn’t get all of this out with the hot soapy water I had already cleaned it with.
The tray looks brand new! This was such an easy refinish and will be all ready for the holidays since it is suggested that you wait 72 hours after the final coat (calls for two coats of oil) before using it to serve food.
I found these lovely pieces at Target to go along with the tray. The beautiful cocktail glasses with the gold design were $3.00 and the cocktail recipe book was $5.00…both found in the Target Dollar Spot. That place always pulls me in, like a trap or something. They have a really neat selection there right now. Okay, well, they always do.
I also found a gold cheese knife set with marble handles to add to the mix. It’s a pretty set and not a bad price- just under $15.00.
A closer look at the stainless tray…
It’s all ready to go on our bar cart for our New Years get-together!
This bar cart is a toolbox my Grandfather hand-built in the 60’s when he worked at DuPont. That was another fun piece to refinish and a great way to repurpose an old wooden toolbox!
Another beautiful finish thanks to the WATCO Butcher Block Oil …and a fresh start for this vintage tray, just in time to ring in the new year!