Repurpose an Old Frame to Make a Decorative Tray

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Repurpose an Old Frame to Make a Decorative Tray

This cute decorative serving tray is made from a repurposed old picture frame. We painted the frame with a super-matte chalked paint, which gives the tray a lovely shabby chic or vintage look. But depending on the type of frame you use and what paint finish and color you prefer, your decorative tray could match just about any décor.

Just follow our step-by-step instructions to repurpose your own frame to make a decorative serving tray.


How to Repurpose a Frame to Make a Serving Tray

Materials Needed to Repurpose an Old Frame to Make a Decorative Tray

Materials for DIY Decorative Tray

Tools


Step 1: Remove the Frame’s Glass and Hardware

Remove the glass from your picture frame and carefully set it aside. The edges may be sharp, so be sure to use caution when handling the glass. Remove any picture hanging hardware, like a sawtooth or d-ring hangers. You may need a screwdriver or plyers for this, depending on the frame that you chose for your project.


Step 2: Sand the Frame

Using a sanding sponge, lightly sand the top and sides of your picture frame. If you intend to paint the bottom of the tray, then you should also sand the bottom. Wipe the frame clean with a damp rag to remove all of the dust.

Repurpose an Old Frame to Make a Decorative Tray


Step 3: Paint the Glass and the Frame

First, clean the glass with glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Once clean, apply thin coats of your Mirror Effect spray paint to one side of the glass using a sweeping motion. Allow the paint to dry for one minute between coats. We applied about five coats to achieve the mirrored effect.

Repurpose an Old Frame to Make a Decorative Tray

We chose a chalked paint to paint the frame for my tray because it had some significant nicks and dings, and the texture of a chalked paint would work well with its imperfections.

We applied two coats of paint, and once dried, used very fine sandpaper to lightly distress the edges.

Repurpose an Old Frame to Make a Decorative Tray

Repurpose an Old Frame to Make a Decorative Tray

Repurpose an Old Frame to Make a Decorative Tray


Step 4: Attach Handles

Determine the placement of your cabinet pull handle. Mark the center of each hole on the frame. Using a 3/16-in. drill bit, pre-drill into the wood frame. Tip: Measure left and right so that your pull is centered.

Next, attach your handles using the included screws and a screwdriver. There are both 1-in. and 1½-in. screws included with your hardware, however if your screw is not the right length for the thickness of your frame, you can find additional 8/32-in. machine screws at your local Home Depot store.

Repurpose an Old Frame to Make a Decorative Tray

Repurpose an Old Frame to Make a Decorative Tray


Step 5: Attach the Mirror

Once your new mirror is fully dry, reattach it to your frame with the paint side facing the back. The un-worked surface should be facing out.


Step 6: Attach the Feet

We used some cabinet knobs upside-down to give the tray some height. The Home Depot has a huge selection of cabinet knobs from Liberty Hardware, in many styles and finishes. This tray is pretty deep, so we went with the Concave Round Knob because of its shorter profile.

Apply super glue to the bottom of your cabinet knob and press firmly onto your frame. Allow the glue to set before flipping it over onto its new feet.

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Repurpose an Old Frame to Make a Decorative Tray


Step 7: Style!

There are many different frame styles, and customizing with different knobs and pulls can give you very different looks!

Repurpose an Old Frame to Make a Decorative Tray

Repurpose an Old Frame to Make a Decorative Tray

Repurpose an Old Frame to Make a Decorative Tray

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