Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Upcycled Picture Frame to Lovely Tray

I upcycled the picture (below) into this lovely tray for my new table in just a few short EASY PEASY steps...

I found this old picture at Goodwill and painted the frame turquoise blue with a mocha glaze on top of it.  After that, it went into the garage with all my great finds - that I'm not quite sure where to put just yet.... and it sat.... and sat....

After I refinished my table, which you can read about here, I decided that I needed a tray for the middle of it - so I went into the garage to peruse my great finds that sit....and wait....for a home, in the house. 
Thus began the UPcycle! 
The color was a little too bright, considering my china cabinet sits right next to the table and is blue, as well.  So I sponged on some off-white craft paint.
I then added a bit more brown - I was kind of going for the
"beachy" weathered look. 
My plan was to drill holes in the sides and use twine to make looped handles, but I changed my mind.... Okay, well to be completely honest, I changed my mind ONLY because I can't remember where I put the drill! So I may go back and add them another time.
Finally, I opened the back and added some gift wrap that I picked up at Target in the Dollar Spot - you guessed it - for $1!
The cardboard was held down by at least 50 staples, and not wanting to scratch the finish on the table, I used tape to cover them up.  I also added felt corners (also picked up at Target for $1) to the bottom.
And that was it.... Finished!  
I love that paper under the glass!
And I think it works just fine without handles.....
I tried decorating with different items....fruit in a filthy pretty silver dish
some white stoneware
But I'll probably keep it like this for now....
What do you think? 
Have you UPcycled anything fun lately?
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  1. Love it! Looks great! I have that same paper from Target and have done so many cool things with it! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

    1. I have some other ideas for it... I'm going to check out your blog right now and hopefully get inspired! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I love this! I am pinning this and I am making one of these trays! Thanks for the fabulous inspiration! Now off to the thrift store I go! :)

    1. Thank you Kim!! It makes my day to know that I inspired someone!!!

      Suzie @ Dorothy Sue and Millie B's too

  3. Hi! new follower... I'm a BIG fan of up cycling whenever possible. This is a great idea, and I like your weathered painting colors.

  4. This is awesome!
    The Adored Home

  5. This is so clever! I love it!
    I didn't know Target had such chic paper in their Dollar section. Good find!

    1. Thanks Kathryn.... I was pleasantly surprised to find it there and now I'm always checking the Dollar Spot for things I can use later....

  6. Love it...no matter what you put on it! ;)

  7. I saw this on Sincerely Paula's blog hop and came to take a loook. I like it!!!

    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you came and checked it out!

  8. the paper is perfect under the glass! Love your new tray and the size is nice too!

  9. Great idea!! I would have never guessed this was a picture! Thank you for sharing at Redoux!

  10. I love this idea! I have a few trays but I'd rather custom make my own. Thanks for linking up to Throwback Thursday!


  11. Awesome tray! Looks really pretty. I love the way you did the frame, and your choice of paper. I think it looks great without the handles. I ran across a tray where they used an old leather belt for handles. That looked really nice. Thank you for sharing!


    1. Thanks for stopping by Linda! Glad you liked it...and pinned it!

  12. How beautiful! I love your paint job! Isn't that wrapping paper great? I snagged some at Target a while back and have used it in some projects too. Love! Thanks so much for sharing this at Get Your DIY On! Hope to see you on Sunday with your spray paint projects! Have a wonderful day!

    ~Abby =)

    1. Thanks Abby! Yes, I love that wrapping paper....