Monday, July 5, 2010

Boot Tray


This weekend was full of projects here at the Manor, I'm actually looking forward to Monday so I can relax a bit. For one we have almost finished our Mudroom/Foyer. I am so excited to show you the final result but alas a four day weekend was not enough to finish completely, check back on Wednesday to see the final product.
You've probably caught your first peek of my latest project on the new Header, but here's the details.
I am so in love with this boot tray (hmmm... there's something I never thought I'd say). We live in beautiful British Columbia where it rains, A LOT! We wear our gum boots more then we wear our flip flops that's for sure. So we needed a boot tray. But if you have to have something in your home you might as well make it as beautiful as possible.
While I love the final product, in the interest of full disclosure I really wanted to use a tin tray, but I could not find one that would fit Lee's Boots (Size 14) and so I bought a $10 black plastic one instead (function over fashion).
The rocks are great because they allow the boots to dry off faster by letting the water drip away from them instead of pooling up underneath. I purchased the plastic Tray from Bed Bath and Beyond (obviously part of their beyond section) for $10, and the rocks from Ikea at $1.49 a bag the project required 5 bags.
So for a grand total of $17.50 I have a functional, stylish boot tray that would brighten any rainy day.

Here it is in it's place downstairs in our Mudroom! The days of stepping in puddles of water are gone.

15 comments:

  1. What a fantastic idea! We live in the Pacific NW where it rains a lot too....I'm wondering if I could train my husband into utilizing something like this! :)

    Many Blessings,
    M.

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  2. I love the boot tray. Thank you for sharing the 'how'. It is great! xx

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  3. Genius! I love it. I found you via The DIY Showoff. Can't wait to see the rest of your blog!

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  4. I love all of your white- and your use of natural color. Coming from the DIY Showoff- new follower. :D

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  5. can I ask- the tray in the final photo looks different than the tray you show getting filled with rocks- I know you said you liked the tin tray but went wiht a differnt one. I really love this project and the final photo is what I'd like to achieve.....can you tell me if that is the tin tray and if so where did you get it? thanks!

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  6. The finished tray is a different tray then the one getting filled. I didn't like the first one, once the pebbles were in. The tray in the mudroom is a plastic tray from Bed Bath and Beyond. I would like to have a tin tray but I haven't been able to find one :( I hope that helps.

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  7. thanks that helps a great deal. I found a few tin trays- I will send them to your gmail accoung. LOVE YOUR BLOG and I can't wait to get my own version of your boot tray going! It's raining where I lvie so this si a great project for my mind to be on right now! Again thanks for the response! Lynda

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  8. I'd love you to see the tin trays I can't find one anywhere. I'd also love to see your version of our boot tray!
    Thanks so much
    Looking forward to seeing both :)

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  9. Hey guys,
    All of you who would prefer a tin tray...what about a cookie shhet? You could even use one that isn't great for baking anymore. Spray paint if necessary...
    Just a thought :)

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  10. Ha ha! Meant to type 'cookie sheet' there.

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  11. That's a great idea, Martha Made one using a cookie sheet and a cooling rack it was very smart. We would need a big cookie sheet as Lee has size 13 boots :) But that would work really well!
    Thanks, Spray paint is a good idea, you could buy a cookie sheet from a second hand store and spray it!
    Great Idea! Thanks

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  12. Hey, if you're still looking for a "tin tray" for your boots Crate and Barrel has them for $22 right now. Here's the link: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/outlet/outlet/green-boot-tray/s125680

    Or search for "Green Boot Tray" or "Galvanized Boot Tray"

    Hope this helps. You have a great blog!

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  13. I adore your plaid boots! Where did you get those? Not that we need them much here in Calgary but those are so cute i'd have an excuse...

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  14. Thanks Andrea they came from Walmart last spring, my mom got a pair too :)

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  15. I love the idea of rocks in the boot tray, my tray always looks muddy and required weekly vacuuming-UG. I'd have one problem with the rocks though in my house....my Labrador Retreiver, Spirit, for some odd reason loves to eat rocks! No can do!

    Love your ideas and your blog.

    Small House / Big Sky Donna
    http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com

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