Easy Serving Tray Command Center

We recently added a wood accent wall to our home.  I love how it turned out! It was my intention when adding the wall to add a command center to it once it was finished.  The wall is near the front door, and I wanted a central place to add notes, hold keys, and drop pocket stuff. This simple command center uses two Walnut Hollow Serving Trays, and a Rustic Wood Ledge for a quick, simple start to my command center wall.  It came together so easily, and I want to share it with you!

Serving Tray Command Center

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Serving Tray Command Center:

Serving Tray Command Center Supplies

Step one:

Paint the edges of your serving trays inside and out.  There is no need to paint the bottom of the trays just yet.   Paint the Rustic ledge completely.  Alternatively you could stain the pieces if that matches your decor better.  Let the trays dry completely.

Paint the Serving Trays and the Rustic Ledge

Step two:

Use painters tape around the inside edge of one serving tray.  Paint the bottom of the tray with two coats of chalkboard paint.  Follow any specific instructions given on the bottle you’re using, some brands have different steps.  Most Chalkboard paints require two coats.  One coat with vertical paint strokes, and a second coat with horizontal paint strokes. Let the chalkboard paint cure overnight.

Serving Tray Command Center Chalkboard

Step three:

Cut a piece of the cork material 10 inches by 14 inches and use wood glue to secure it to the bottom of the second serving tray. Allow the glue to dry.  If your cork material is very thin, you will need two layers of cork.

Serving Tray Command Center Cork

Optional step: 

Add hooks to the inside edge of the tray for hanging keys on.

Step four:

Add hanging hardware to the backs of your serving trays and the rustic ledge.

Command Center Rustic Ledge

I hung the rustic ledge first to use as a guide for the other two shelves.  Center it where you want it, and mount it to the wall. Use a level tool to make sure it’s straight.  I used three saw tooth hangers on the back of my ledge.

Serving Tray Command Center Assembly

Measure up from your ledge where you want the trays, and find the middle mark.  Place your first tray to one side and make sure it’s level.

Serving Tray Command Center

Mount the second tray right beside the first and enjoy your new Serving Tray Command Center!  The tops of the serving trays make great little shelves, and the rustic ledge is big enough to hold several items. Just make sure it’s securely mounted on the wall.

Serving Tray Command Center

This easy little command center works perfectly all on it’s own, or expand it further to include more elements. A few mini crates attached to the wall would make excellent cubbies for even more things.

Walnut Hollow Serving Tray Command Center

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See the video tutorial for this project here:


Make a simple DIY Command Center with Walnut Hollow Serving Trays and a Rustic Wood Ledge.


After studying Culinary Arts in Portland Oregon, Kelli went back home to the sunny South West where she decided she wanted to do different kinds of Art. This busy mom of three spends all of her available free time creating in her Craft Shack “she shed” where she can be found burning wood, repurposing old stuff, crafting, and painting just about anything she can get her hands on.


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