I had an Ikea serving tray sitting around that has gone through a few DIY efforts, but nothing worth showing off. Since the marble backsplash project left me with a box full of marble pieces that were useless to the kitchen, I married the hopeless tray to the needless marble. And finished a project that I had always wanted to do. (all remaining pieces went to a new home after posting on the 'free' section of Craigslist)
Luckily for all parties involved, the new design - which as you can probably see - has no brilliant pattern but is instead the result of a haphazard jigsaw puzzle. I only needed to cut three pieces and adhered this pattern down (using Simple Fix Pre-Mixed Adhesive and Grout) before my OCD kicked in (I'm staring at it now and rethinking this post ...).
After I finished grouting the backsplash, I threw caution to the wind and added the grout only 6 hours after adhering it to the tray. I'm pretty sure I'll face the punishment one day, but for now, how freakin' cute is this thing!?! Not sure if I'm more proud of the tray or the entire backsplash.
To inspire you and for more detailed directions on how to customize your own tray, here are four different and easy tutorials.