It’s been a while since I’ve shared a thrift shop flip with you all, so here is a quick project you may want to try.
I recently picked up a couple of cupboard doors at my favorite re-use it center. I thought the size and the depth of this door would make it a good candidate to repurpose as a serving tray!
(It’s no coincidence I’ve taken the “before” photo up in our bonus room, since it’s where I’ve been working all weekend painting the walls and woodwork!) You can also read this as a shameless plug for sympathy. Oh how I detest painting windows! It was great to get down off the ladder for a bit and work on a quick sit down project.
After a good cleaning I gave the cupboard door two coats of Maison Blanche Chalk Paint in Pecan. And I thought it looked blah … boring and too plain. A quick stencil in the center would have been easy, but I’ve already stenciled plenty of trays. (Although, looking back … I think I only shared one of them … bad blogger that I am!!) I’ve got a lovely stash of paper, but I’m horrible with Mod Podge. That left contact paper, which is actually a smart choice for a serving tray that you will want to just wipe clean after each use. But first I had to repaint the “tray” white and give it a light distressing with 220 grit sandpaper.
To line the tray bottom, I first cut a piece of the contact paper slightly larger than the tray bottom. Then it was just a matter of peeling off the back and lining the tray. The nice thing about contact paper is it’s so easy to remove any bubbles or wrinkles — you just keep lifting and smoothing until you’re happy with it. The finishing step was to cut off the overlaps with my Exacto Knife.
But I don’t think you can technically call it a serving tray without handles. The last step was attaching hardware, which also came from the reuse it center. 😀 I was undecided whether to leave the hardware in it’s original state or polish it up a bit …. as you can see, I decided to polish it!
The hardware has a really good feel to it — nice and chunky — just like a serving tray needs. FYI: I predrilled the holes before actually screwing the handles in place, which makes it so much easier.
What do you think? I’m crushing on my new tray! 😀 It will be the perfect tray for the back deck, because we all know everything tastes better when it’s eaten outdoors! A tray like this would also look great on an ottoman or coffee table. Total cost of this project, $4, which is pretty incredible for a tray of this size and weight!
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Happy Spring to you! Cynthia
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