Hello beautiful friends.
Would you like to see a fun upcycle today? Of course you would! I’m almost a bit embarrassed to show you the part of this project that was collected from the side of the road. Although I was able to repurpose it in a cool way.
This is my new tray upcycled from old fence pickets and a thrift store frame:
Swanky, eh? (Or is it just the graphics…they sure can make a photo look fancy!)
It really is pretty though, especially when you compare it to this unfabulousness:
This is what I dragged off the side of the road. It’s been living in my garage for several weeks now and it is finally getting its chance to shine. He never knew he could be beautiful again. (You’re welcome, little broken down fence.)
I found the frame at a thrift store for $1.
Here is what came out of the frame…circa 1985.
Nice. Anyone else remember struggling to get this perfect do?
I cut the pickets to fit inside the frame like so:
Once I made sure they fit my frame, I gave the pickets a coat of white latex paint and then wiped the paint off with a dry rag to give them a “weathered, but in a pretty way” feel. Very coastal, huh?
Then I painted the frame in DIY chalk paint, sanded it just a bit, and followed with a coat of clear wax.
To attach the pickets to the frame, I used wooden rulers I had leftover from an old project. I attached them crosswise with small finishing nails.
Then I painted the bottom and added self-adhesive felt discs to prevent the finishing nails from scratching the furniture.
Lastly, I added handles to either side. These are screen door handles.
The tray cost me a dollar, but the handles were about $5 for the pair, so this was still a great little project for $6!
And I came in way under budget for our Get Your DIY on Fall Link Party Challenge Week #3. Our theme this coming week is Under $20 Thrifty Upcycles! I hope you’ll drag out your thrifty upcycle projects and come link them up this Sunday, Sept 22nd, starting at 7:00 EST! Check out the link above to see all sixteen weeks’ themes.
Our current week’s theme is fall wreaths…you still have until Friday to link up your fall wreaths here and have a chance to be featured!
Here’s what my clever co-hosts came up with:
Thrifted Upcycled Homework Station with Vintage Desk & Chalkboard Chair The Happy Housie
Three Tiered Wood Trays House by Hoff
Grain Sack Step Stool The Hankful House
Magnetic Growth Chart Just a Girl and Her Blog
I can’t wait to see all the creativity flowing this weekend! This is one of my favorite themes!!
Here’s one more shot of my pretty, swanky, fancy, new tray:
Live on and be happy little broken-down-fence no more. 🙂
If you like what you see, there are several ways to follow along!