Hey there, sweet Friends and welcome to the very first day of my March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days Series!!
Are you ready? I am!! If you missed this fun series last year, every day in March I shared a thrifty makeover. You can see them all HERE. Some were small and some were not so small, but a good before and after is always fun to see, right?
This year, I’m starting things off with a pretty DIY tray that I made from an old picture. I sell a ton of trays so I make a lot of them, but not all of them make it to the blog.
I’m going to show you a really easy way to make one. Here is what I started with:
I picked this up for $1.58! I actually didn’t have the heart to toss the cross stitch. I did a few of those back in the day and they are a lot of work!
Here is the tray I created from the frame:
These are super easy to make. I like the depth of frames like this for trays. I also look for a thick enough band around the outside edge to support a handle.
For this DIY tray, I painted the frame in DIY chalk paint in Pure White (whatever white is right off the shelf from Behr). I cut a piece of thin birch plywood (purchased from Lowes) to fit the frame. I have included some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
I used my table saw, but you could easily use a jig saw (I have this cordless jig saw and I love it!) to cut this as well and it is not nearly as intimidating.
I primed the plywood and then gave it a couple of coats of chalk paint. I sanded lightly then chose this baroque stencil to give it personality.
For paint and brush products as well as more stencil how-tos, visit this post.
I sure have been stenciling a lot lately. It’s such an easy way to add personality to a project.
I sanded the surface lightly once it was dry and added a couple of coats of Annie Sloan’s clear wax for protection. Then I secured it to the frame with my Logan point driver.
It looks pretty atop the antique cabinet I recently shared.
I covered the bottom in scrap fabric left over from my cabinet.
It’s attached with Matte Mod Podge.
The handles are from Hobby Lobby, purchased at 1/2 off.
I’ll be back tomorrow sharing what I did to this little cabinet:
UPDATE: See it HERE now!
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