Faux Drawer Tray

March Madness: 31 Days of Thrifty Makeovers

Hi there and welcome to Day #10 in this fun thrifty makeover series!

Today’s makeover is pretty quick and simple. I started with this tray I found at the thrift store for $2:


Can’t pass up a perfectly good wooden whatever-this-is, right? There wasn’t much to it, but I figured I could make something out of it.

To me it looked like it could be a small drawer if it had a knob, so I gave it the feel of a repurposed drawer:

A plain tray is updated to look like a repurposed drawer!

Here it is in my dining room hutch holding a few ironstone pieces.

A plain tray is updated to look like a repurposed drawer!

I gave this a coat of Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint first. (It’s what I had on hand.) It allows the darker color to show through after sanding instead of new wood.

Spray-painting in a dark brown first allows a stained wood look to come through after sanding the top color rather than new wood!

The feet were in a bin of lamp parts my dad passed along to me. He used to use them in the neck of lamps he once made. They’re not too shabby as feet for this tray! I used E6000 Glue to attach them.


The best part? The inside! I Mod Podged pretty green paper in the bottom…

A plain tray is updated to look like a repurposed drawer!

Here I used it as a place to display some favorite jewelry pieces:

A plain tray is updated to look like a repurposed drawer!

The possibilities are endless. 🙂

$2 thrift store find become a cute and functional tray from confessionsofaserialdiyer.com


These posts are really making me ready for yard sale season, how about you??

I’ll be back tomorrow sharing how I updated this server:


See ya then!

UPDATE: See how this pretty piece turned out HERE now! 🙂



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  1. I love how this turned out! Such a creative little makeover!

  2. Heather J says

    This I’d such a cute idea and it looks like u have the perfect place for it. Love this idea. and those legs are the perfect touch and the story makes it even more amazing. Very beautiful story:)

  3. Robin Stephens says

    Yes, I’m so very ready for yard sales. They make me happy! 🙂 Thrift stores’ prices are just “too high” comparatively. Can hardly wait! Great, cute piece you made!! You always pay such fine attention to detail. Lovely, lovely piece.

  4. It’s so cute! I’ve had something almost the same pinned for a while now. Just waiting for warm enough weather to be able to use a saw without cutting my numb fingers off. Love your colors!

    • Thanks, Becky! The freezing temps have really prevented me from getting out there and getting things done too. I’ve had to stick to a lot of small projects lately!

  5. Sue Farmer says

    Love this and I am going to do it!!! I bought a couple of unfinished trays a while back. Am going to take the plunge and make them look pretty!!! Wish me luck (I am not a DIYer I hate to admit)

  6. Fantastic. Love it. Great job.

  7. Cute ! Cute ! Cute !

  8. I adore your tray – everything about it from the knob, the feet, and that pretty green paper. Only you could turn a plain ordinary wooden box into something this fabulous Christy!

  9. Goodness! You are a really talented lady. I have been following your series and am amazed at how many things you have come up with. When your projects show up in my inbox, I smile. A big broad smile. And maybe some of these, I could try (being a novice) Your ability and creativity are a true gift. Thank you for sharing.

  10. The faux drawer tray is so attractive! You showed two uses for it–both are great looks. I might be tempted to put it in the middle of my dining room table and fill it with Springy things and ceramic rabbits. Adding the feet made it look so high-end! Thanks for sharing yet another really fine makeover!

  11. I love the drawer! Yes I am definitely ready to see a few good yard sales. My husband came home and gave me some free time without the little one in tow and I spent a whole 2 hours at thrift stores! Now to find the time to do all of the upcycle ;).

  12. You never cease to amaze me with your endless vision! Great job:) I’m off to see the rest of your lovely projects from this series:)

  13. What a pretty tray. It came out beautiful. I would love for you to link this up to my Winter Blues Wednesday link party going on right now. Hope to see you there. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

  14. Sherri S. says

    This is great!!! The possibilities are endless too! 🙂


    • Thanks, Sherri! Another reader suggested using it as a centerpiece for the table with a spring vignette in it. I loved that idea too! There are so many possibilities! 🙂

  15. I love this. I have an old drawer that I am planning to upcycle.

  16. How cute is that! I have some cute printed sheets of paper I’ve been hanging onto because I couldn’t think of what to do with them. Now I have a vision!

  17. Jennifer H says

    I absolutely LOVE this! The feet definitely add a special touch. I’ve had difficulty finding smaller ball type feet for some of my projects – what type of lamp part is this that you used, and where can you buy them? I know you said your dad gave them to you, but just hoping you may have an idea. And are they wood or metal? Thanks!!


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