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An Old Frame Becomes a New Tray

I’m so excited to share this upcycled old frame project with you today! It has been in the works for some time now. It all started awhile back when I stopped at my go-to thrift store in my little corner of the world. I try to stop there once a week, as a good thrifter should ’cause you never know what you’ll find, right? So this day I scored big on a few things including two of these frames which were $4 each. That’s a bit more than I usually pay for frames (really, Col?) but these are so pretty with so much detail and even though I don’t usually gravitate toward gold,  I kinda liked it.

 

Frame Before

 

The other nice thing about these frames is they’re 24 x 24 and really deep. So one of them I used as a ceiling medallion in  my daughter’s room. The other one I hung on to it for awhile tossing around some ideas.  Then I saw some other folks on Pinterest making trays from frames and I thought I have the perfect frame for that project! Here’s how we did it…

We used 1/4 sheet plywood to make the back and tacked it on with wood glue and finishing nails. Then I gave it a few coats of homemade chalk paint.

 

frame tray before

 

frame tray before painted

 

Not the best picture, I know, sorry.  I decided to stencil a leaf pattern on the front with brown paint and then went over it with a gold paint pen. I also used the paint pen on the edges of the plywood because it was really light, almost white, wood to start with. The gold paint blends right in with the frame.

 

frame tray before stencil

 

After the stencil…

 

Frame Tray With Stencil

 

For the handles I lucked out!! I found a bag of these gold handles for $1.50 at the same thrift store I got the frames at. I have used them on a few projects (more posts to come). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it PAYS to dig through the junk bins if you have time! The color is really too bright and very 80’s but spray paint does the trick. I had a much more dull gold that I sprayed them with and then rubbed on Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint with a cloth to tone it down and age it a bit.

 

handles

 

So here’s the old frame as the new tray…

 

How to use and old frame to make a new tray - great upcycle project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

How to use and old frame to make a new tray - great upcycle project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

I love it! It’s a bit more ornate than I usually like but it fits in my bedroom beautifully. It’s also big enough to put all my stuff on. 🙂

 

How to create a beautiful new tray from a thrift store old frame - great upcycle project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

 

How to create a beautiful new tray from a thrift store old frame - great upcycle project - Life on Kaydeross Creek

 

Create a beautiful new tray from a thrift store old frame - upcycle - Life on Kaydeross Creek

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Do you have an old frame kickin’ around that you could use? Or do you have a really cool idea for making a tray?? I would love to hear about it!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy DIYing!

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20 comments

  1. Laura says:

    Hi Colleen,
    Thank you so much for joining TOHOT. We are so glad you are here.

    Your tray is wonderful, and there is simply nothing better than transforming a found treasure into something unique and beautiful.

    Enjoyed visiting,

    Laura
    WSP

    Pinning to our TOHOT board.

  2. Barbara says:

    The tray is gorgeous. I have a big porcelain tile that I want to make into a tray. I thought it might be too large, but seeing yours, I may just use my tile on the kitchen counter – set my cannisters and maybe the utensil pitcher on it, or just the cannisters. The I can move them and use it for serving when I need it. I’ll have to put little feet on it because the bottom of the tile is not smooth.

    • Colleen says:

      Thank you, Barbara! I think you should definitely try it. For the feet, you could glue small drawer knobs upside down. That way the tray would not be too tall 🙂

    • Colleen says:

      Thanks Jodi! I use plaster of Paris for making chalk paint. It depends on how chalky you want it and the size of the project. I kinda eyeball it but use about 2 cups of paint, 1/3 cup plaster of Paris and 1/3 cup of warm water. It’s certainly not a science but it is important to mix the water and plaster of Paris really well first so that the plaster dissolves or you’ll end up with clumpy paint. There are a bunch of recipes out there for chalk paint and I the only other one I have tried was with unsanded grout. I prefer the plaster of Paris.

    • Colleen says:

      Hi Brenda! It is actually chalk paint made with plaster of Paris. I like the way it adds a softer finish to the piece.

  3. Mary says:

    So pretty. I do have some frames I would like to do this with. Did you leave your stencil on the top of the glass or flip it over.?

    • Colleen says:

      Hi Mary, thank you! I just put it directly on the plywood. Looking back, I probably should have put a clear coat on top of it to prevent scratching. Luckily it hasn’t so far. 🙂

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