DIY Bead Board Tray

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days!! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Happy Easter, Friends!

Last week when I shared my Romantic Flatware Box Makeover, I mentioned that one thing besides flatware boxes that I can’t pass up is a good frame. I have a huge stack of them. Today is March Madness Thrifty Makeover #27 and up for a makeover today is, you guessed it, a frame! I spotted this pair of frames and knew immediately that they would make perfect trays, and trays always sell quickly in my booth. What was even better is that they were only $1.25 each!

Here they are as I found them:

Bead-Board-Tray-Before

It’s hard to tell by the photo, but these frames are really deep…perfect for a tray!

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To create this tray I used this metal ribbon (affiliate link) and a piece of scrap bead board.

Metal ribbon from Michaels

The metal ribbon added a unique detail to the sides:

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I screwed it in place with tiny screws. I purchased this metal ribbon at Michaels last year and haven’t found a use for it until now.

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I sell a lot of trays with white-washed fence pickets for the base of them, so I thought I would paint the bead board to resemble  the white-washed fence pickets I usually use.

Turn an ordinary frame into a gorgeous functional tray with a little bead board from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I used Behr’s Sparrow as the base and then dry-brushed it with pure white.

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I used my Logan Point Driver (affiliate link)to secure the bead board in place in the frame.

And how about those feet? Remember when I shared this jewelry tower earlier in this series:

DIY Jewelry Storage from pretty dishes and two candlesticks. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

DIY Jewelry Storage

I was able to unscrew the bottoms of those candlesticks I used and of course my hoarder tendencies ensure that I save everything…

Turn an ordinary frame into a gorgeous functional tray with a little bead board from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Those bottom pieces made perfect feet for this tray!

Turn an ordinary frame into a gorgeous functional tray with a little bead board from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I screwed them in place. I also added small round felt pads to cover the screw heads so my furniture wouldn’t get scratched.

The final finishing touch was these handles I purchased at Hobby Lobby and spray painted.

These handles from Hobby Lobby make perfect tray handles.

When looking for handles for a tray, look for something that can be screwed on from the outside. I hadn’t seen these on any of my trips before, but they were kind of hidden on the bottom row. I’ll be using these again.

Turn an ordinary frame into a gorgeous functional tray with a little bead board from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 

Turn an ordinary frame into a gorgeous functional tray with a little bead board from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

The handles were around $5 for the pair and the metal ribbon was just a few dollars, so this was still a pretty thrifty makeover since the frame was only $1.25, and I had the bead board and feet. Now it’s a one-of-a-kind tray. 🙂

Turn an ordinary frame into a gorgeous functional tray with a little bead board from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Turn an ordinary frame into a gorgeous functional tray with a little bead board from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Meet me again here tomorrow to see what in the world I did with these old pieces of wood:

Reclaimed-Wood-Table-Before

It’s something thrifty and it’s a makeover. 🙂

See ya then!

UPDATE: See what in the world I did with them HERE now!

If you missed any makeovers in this awesome March Madness Series, catch up here:

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days from Confession of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

1. Drawer Shelf   2. Patterned Sofa Table

3. Romantic Flatware Box Makeover  4. DIY Wooden Tote Redo

5. How to Cover a Lamp Shade  6. 80’s Clock Cabinet Reimagined

7. 15 Minute Table Makeover  8. Thrift Store Container Makeover 

9. Charlotte’s Night Table   10. DIY Jewelry Storage 11. Updated Candlesticks

 12. How to Turn a Drawer Front into a Planter  13. Jewelry/Trinket Holder

14. Mini Shelf Makeover  15. The Perfect Necklace Holder  16. Oval Rosette Mirror

17. Antique Mirror Repurposed  18. DIY Tray from an Old Picture

19. Spring Bird Nest Wreath 20. $5 Thrift Store Lamps  21. Shutter Cabinet

22. $5 Yard Sale Dresser   23. Numbered Farmhouse Stool 24. 80’s Shelf

25. French Provincial Desk Makeover    26. Farmhouse Headboard Bench

XOXO,

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Comments

  1. Thank goodness we know you sell this stuff…or you seriously would be a hoarder!!!! Ahhh, March Madness is coming to end…don’t stop it!!!! Love my Warriors too!!!! (had to throw my local team in!!…… LOVE Steph!!!!! and Riley is a local hero here!!!) Love this tray!!!!
    Hope you have a Berry Bunny Hoppitity Day!!!!!
    God Bless!!!!
    Addie XXOO

    • My hubby is also glad I sell this stuff ha ha! We are Duke fans here and they just lost so their out booooo! Glad you like the tray! Hope you and yours are having a blessed Easter!! XOXO

  2. Delftgirl says:

    You are just so creative and talented! This tray is beautiful.

  3. Cynthia Sue says:

    Wow! Just wow! I have a tray that I purchased from a thrift shop that I didn’t know how to make over. But this is it! Thanks, Christy, and Happy Easter.

  4. LOVE that tray! I have never seen metallic lace before! You made a great look!

  5. Julie Timmerman says:

    Happy Easter to you and your family! I love your tray, you have out done yourself again!
    When you purchase things, for example the metal ribbon do you know at the time what you will be doing with it?? I never even knew there was metal ribbon!! So thanks for expanding my creative mind once again!! Your March Madness series has been awesome!
    Your student and friend,
    Julie Timmerman

    • Happy Easter to you too, Julie! Sometimes I find cool things on a good sale having no clue what I might use them for. That was the case with this metal ribbon, and I’m excited I finally found a use for it! I’m so glad you have enjoyed this fun thrifty makeover series! It’s bittersweet to see it end, but I’ll still popping into your inbox a couple of times a week. 🙂 XO

  6. Mary Meusburger says:

    The tray is just beautiful! I wish I could fill my house with all your creative transformations!

    Happy Easter to you and your family!

  7. I love your picture frame trays Christy, but this is definitely my favourite! What a great idea wrapping metal ribbon around the sides. Pinned to share😍

  8. What a cute tray! Metal lace??? Whaaaaat?! I just learned something new! Nice job!

  9. Really a cute make over. I’m going to start paying closer attention to the frames when I am thrift shopping. Great job.

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